How Dumbwaiters are Installed

By Phillip Collins

Published on: 06-08-2018

The dumbwaiter is one of the most misunderstood types of service lifts. After all, it is not as well known as the commercial passenger elevator, nor is it as eye catching as the beauty of a scenic lift. With this said, these small lifts can be life-changing for those who work in the service industry. Here is everything you need to know about their installation…

Lift Survey

Before a dumbwaiter can be installed it is important that a qualified lift engineer carries out a full lift survey in order to ensure that the requirements of the installation are completely understood. After all, any mistakes can be difficult to rectify once construction begins and any issues can prevent the installation from being completed.


Once the survey has been completed and the lift engineer agrees that the installation can proceed without any issues, the plan for the dumbwaiter installation is laid out so that each engineer understands their role. They will begin by assembling the framework of the dumbwaiter and carrying out any construction in order to ensure that the service lift can travel between floors.

Dumbwaiter Cladding

Once the dumbwaiter and its framework have been installed, it must be covered by cladding in order to make it more aesthetically pleasing. After all, nobody want to look at the mechanics of the lift as it travels between each floor. This is usually completed by a regular carpenter using plasterboard.

Final Inspection

Following the cladding of the dumbwaiter, the lift engineers will return to the site in order to complete a final inspection and ensure that everything is in full working order. They will begin by powering up the dumbwaiter and stopping it at each level to confirm that it runs smoothly without any faults.

Here at Sheridan Lifts we believe that it is important to place a lot of emphasis on the installation process of our elevators. After all, they are a big investment and potential customers like to know the details of the installation so they can make any necessary re-arrangements. To find out more information about our range of dumbwaiters, get in contact with a member of the Sheridan team today!