As necessary as they are, everybody has found themselves trapped in an uncomfortable elevator ride at one time or another. After all, some people welcome conversations with strangers whilst the majority prefer to keep to themselves and mind their own business. As long as your safety isn’t at risk, the team here at Elevators Ltd have put together a few top tips that may help you avoid, or endure, an awkward elevator ride…


Even though elevators rides with people you don’t know can be awkward, you should still present yourself as a friendly person. In fact, the best way to acknowledge the other person without saying anything at all is to smile. This way you have both established that you will be sharing the cab for the next 30 seconds and accepted that you don’t have to make small talk unless you desire to do so.

Be Polite

Perhaps the only thing worse than an awkward elevator ride is sharing your cab with someone who is rude in nature. In fact, we believe that it is only polite to ask someone who you have entered a cab at the same time with which floor they require so they don’t have to awkwardly fumble around trying to ensure that the elevator will actually stop for them. This politeness provides a short and simple two-way conversation that can really ease the awkwardness of an elevator ride.

Personal Space

It is not uncommon for elevators in an office building or shopping centre to become overcrowded, however it is always important to remember personal space. After all, getting up close and personal with strangers in a busy elevator is only going to make the ride more awkward. If you see an elevator cab that is fairly full, it may be best not to squeeze in.

When you are not very comfortable in social situations, making small talk in an elevator can be your worst nightmare. Luckily our top tips are the perfect way to keep to yourself without coming across as rude and uninviting. In fact, installing your own elevator doesn’t involve awkward cab rides either! Get in contact with a member of the Elevators Ltd team today to find out more information about finding the perfect elevator for you. As the best lift company around, we are always happy to help!