Elevator handrails are useful for riders’ stability and support while protecting elevator interior finishes such as mirrors and metals. A handrail design needs to put safety and ergonomics as priority while also making sure that the finish is appealing.
Handrails are usually made up of bar metals or tubular and are supported by spacers anchored right into the wall or attached to support bands. Handrails play an important role in an elevator cab whether it is for personal or commercial use but many a time it is ignored when designing an elevator cab. Handrails, when installed by experienced elevator engineers and offer many advantages. Here is why handrail used there in elevator cabs:
For Safety Purposes
The elevator is suitable for all ages. Whilst those in good health may not need support to stand, but those who are vulnerable may struggle to remain balanced which is where handrails come to the rescue.
It is a matter of health and safety to make a provision for people to hold a handrail when in a moving elevator. The walls of the elevator are plain. Above all, handrails are required for safer movement for the elderly, the physically challenged and the medically unfit.
To Help Claustrophobics
Elevators can trigger claustrophobia – the fear of enclosed spaces. Being a relatively small and confined box, it’s easy to see how an elevator could cause a claustrophobic reaction.
Engineers did many changes to the elevator since its inception to help tackle this anxiety disorder. Finally, they came up with the mirror walls to trick the sufferer into thinking that the cabin is bigger than it is. The idea of using the handrail on the sides of the cab is to make it look and feel less closed and give users a support to hold.
To Prevent Overcrowding
Elevators in commercial places such as offices and shopping malls often suffer from the crowd, especially during peak hours. This increased chaos leads to greater pressure on the elevators and slows the movement due to frequent stopping. The handrail helps in reducing overcrowding in the elevator cab by vacating a small space on the three sides. This stops users from completely occupying the elevator and from leaning against the walls and door of the cabin.
The use of handrails in an elevator has become necessary, both in practice and aesthetics. The handles are not only beneficial for passengers but also come with aesthetical advantages. The elevator handrail should match with the rest of the elevator interior. Some use stainless steel or lightweight metal, to offer a modern look to the elevator. Some choose wooden finish handrails as they look quite elegant in shapes and decorations, making them suitable for home and villas lifts.
Here at Premier Elevator Cabs, we believe that people should never exclude handrails in their elevator cab design, despite the fear of losing out on aesthetic value. If you need an elevator cab or other components that are unmatched in quality, then reach out to Premier Elevator Cabs. Our team of professionals will work with you to deliver the best elevator cabs services according to the structure’s needs.