Lift Interior Refurbishment

A Guide to Lift Interior Refurbishment

Passengers tend to judge a lift based on the condition of its interior. Regardless of the journey’s smoothness, a lift cabin that exhibits signs of wear or smells bad can substantially impact the overall passenger experience. Beyond this immediate effect, it has the potential to influence their perception of the building and the businesses associated with it. In this guide to lift interior refurbishment we consider a range of options that could re-energise you building and restore trust in your vertical transport.

Since 2006, Tower Lifts has been delivering comprehensive lift services, including lift design, lift installation, and refurbishment, to businesses across the UK. Lift interior refurbishmentis or refurbishment is a not only a popular strategic option, it’s also cost-effective. Often integrated as part of a broader lift modernisation, it an effective way to improve the perceptions of both regular users and visitors to the building.

What is Lift Interior Refurbishment?

There’s no standard approach to lift interior refurbishment, rather there’s a range of options that can be considered in order to improve the look and feel of the lift cabin. This includes refreshing or renewing the walls, flooring, control panel and decor of the lift. The aim of lift interior refurbishment is to improve the visual appeal, functionality, and overall user experience for passengers.

Lift refurbishment may involve modernising outdated design elements, replacing components that are showing wear and tear, upgrading materials for durability and aesthetics, and incorporating contemporary technologies.

Ways to Lift the Look of Your Passenger Cabin

It’s not always the case that everything needs to change in order to make a difference. Sometimes the simplest alterations can transform perceptions of your passenger cabin:

1. Lift Walls and Floors – Improving Visual Appeal

The walls and floors of your lift cabin play a crucial role in shaping the first impression passengers receive. Here’s how lift interior refurbishment can optimise these elements for both visual appeal and practical concerns:

Wall Materials:

  • Lightening up. Light-coloured wall panels, preferably with a slightly reflective finish visually expand the space and brighten the interior, especially in smaller cabins.
  • Durability and ease of maintenance. For lifts that are used extensively by the general public, materials that are resistant to scratches, scuffs, and wear-and-tear are the perfect solution.
  • Accessibility compliance. Materials need to meet accessibility regulations regarding tactile indicators and contrasting colours for visually impaired passengers.

Floor Options:

  • Aesthetics. Choose a flooring finish that both looks and feels good for your passengers. We recommend stone or polished concrete for a luxury experience.
  • Durability and maintenance. High-traffic areas require robust flooring. Rubber or PVC tiles are excellent choices for their durability and ease of cleaning.
  • Accessibility compliance. We recommend smooth flooring materials with minimal transitions to ensure easy access for wheelchair users.

Additional Tips:

  • Mirrors. Large mirrors can visually expand the space and add depth to the lift cabin. They can also help increase natural light penetration and comply with regulations for blind spot visibility.
  • Pattern and texture. Incorporating subtle patterns or textures on the walls can add visual interest without overwhelming the space.
  • Colour coordination. Consider co-ordinating walls and flooring creates a cohesive and harmonious look.

Display Control Panels & Lift Buttons

Modern lift control panels offer a range of customisation options, allowing for a blend of functional efficiency and aesthetic integration with the building design.

Display Controls:

  • Digital displays provide clear and readily accessible information, including floor numbers, estimated arrival times, and safety announcements.
  • Branding integration through logos or custom displays can enhance building identity and user experience.
  • Material options such as glass and metal finishes contribute to a sleek and modern appearance.

Landing Controls:

  • Durability is important, with stainless steel being the most common material due to its resistance to wear and tear.
  • Button variations cater to specific needs, ranging from standard designs to vandal-resistant options or those suitable for outdoor environments.


Regardless of the chosen design elements, user-friendliness is key. Buttons should be clearly labelled, appropriately sized, and offer tactile feedback for ease of use. Intuitive display layouts and consistent control placements across floors ensure a smooth and seamless passenger experience.

By carefully balancing functionality and aesthetics, lift control panels can become both beautiful and practical elements within a building, contributing to a positive user experience for all passengers.

Bespoke Lift Cabin Interiors

In exclusive settings such as luxury retail establishments, hotels, or upscale city apartment buildings, elevators are no longer mere functional conveyances but serve as integral design statements. The demand for bespoke lift interiors in these environments arises from a desire to seamlessly integrate with surrounding architecture or to boldly assert themselves as focal points within the space.

Creating Statement Cabin Interiors

Transform your lift cabin into a dynamic extension of your building’s decor, allowing the walls to narrate your brand story and make a lasting impression on passengers. We specialise in creating lift cabin interiors that genuinely embody your brand’s unique vision, whether that requires the timeless elegance of gold leaf or the classical beauty of patterned marble.

Begin engaging passengers with your brand even before they step into the lift by incorporating stunning door graphics that showcase your company logo or messaging. Even the operating panels can become works of art through the use of cutting-edge touchscreen displays or the nostalgic charm of retro buttons.

In seamlessly combining function with style, we transform routine journeys into memorable experiences.

Tower Lifts is Committed to Passenger Safety and Comfort

Whether you’re creating an environment for clients or employees, paying attention to the lift interior is important. It demonstrates an investment in the well-being of users, which speaks volumes about the company values. And offering a visual and tactile pleasure to passengers boosts their mood – which has to be good for business. Our lift interior refurbishment is a simple and cost-effective way to transform your lift cabin and the experience of your passengers.

Our commitment to quality is affirmed by our ISO9001:2008 Lift Cert and UKAS approval, ensuring strict adherence to current Lift Regulations.

Is your lift in need of interior refurbishment? Call the Tower Lifts design team on 01525 601099 to find out about the range of improvements we can provide to your elevator interior.