A dumbwaiter may seem like a thing of the past, but they are still popular in homes across the country.
At Inclinator-Elevette, Inc., we install residential dumbwaiters monthly, because more homeowners are finally realizing the endless potential of these older forms of home convenient technology.
What is a Residential Dumbwaiter?
Dumbwaiters are personal-use freight elevators. They are common in commercial establishments, such as restaurants and hotels. However, they are also a fixture in residences with multiple levels.
Their most common use is to transport groceries or laundry, but there are plenty more reasons and uses from this in-home lift.
The Endless Potential of a Residential Dumbwaiter
1. They Can be Added to New or Existing Construction
The easiest way to install a dumbwaiter is in new construction, but if your home is already constructed you can still access the convenience of these lift systems.
Inclinator-Elevette, Inc. can easily install a new dumbwaiter in your existing home. We can customize the unit to suit your home’s structure and make it look seamless with the rest of the house – so no one would ever know it was an aftermarket add-on to your home.
2. Saves Back Strain
Back pain is one of the most common reasons for employees missing work, and almost one-half of Americans admit to suffering from back pain symptoms each year, says the American Chiropractic Association.
To avoid unnecessary strain on your own back, you can install a home-use dumbwaiter to carry heavy items from one floor to the other. Most dumbwaiters for home use come with heavy hauling capacity – sometimes up to 200 pounds or more.
If you were to carry 120 pounds of items up one or more flight of stairs, you would increase the likelihood you will have a back strain or injury.
3. Transport Laundry to the Basement or Laundry Floor
The biggest convenience of a dumbwaiter inside the home is that you can transform laundry to and from the floors of your house.
For example, your laundry room is in the basement of your three-story home. You have dirty laundry on the third floor, which you can now send down in the cellar in loads without having to carry it up and down the stairs. The same goes for when the laundry and is clean and folded. You can transport it up to the above floors to make it easier to put it away.
4. Send Up the Groceries
Homes in New Jersey are notorious for having the garage on one level and the rest of the house on the other. When you go grocery shopping, the last thing you want to do is take those groceries up multiple flights of stairs to put them away.
Instead of carrying the loads up in multiple sessions, everything is placed into the dumbwaiter and sent up to the floor with the kitchen.
If you have Inclinator-Elevette, Inc. do the installation, we would recommend having a dumbwaiter open right into the kitchen. Having one in the kitchen lets you open it, pull the groceries out, and put them away with ease.
5. Match Your Home Décor
A dumbwaiter does not have to be a decorative eyesore. In fact, we can customize the look of your dumbwaiter so that it matches seamlessly with your home’s existing style.
For example, your kitchen has oak cabinetry in a dark stain. We can give you a hoist door and wooden finish that mimics that of your existing cabinetry. The opening on the other levels can also be tailored to match your floor’s design seamlessly – so you do not have to worry about a large stainless steel object on each floor of your home.
6. Customize with Numerous Styles and Features
There are various design features to add to your dumbwaiter.
If you select a cab gate, you can pick between slide-up doors, bi-parting doors and even collapsible gates. For hoist way doors, you have the option of swing, slide-up and bi-parting. Then, select from a variety of finishes to complete the look.
Models of dumbwaiters come with varying height and weight capacities. If you have a taller house, our team could install a unit that can go as high as 47 feet with 300 to 500 pounds (depending on the model you choose).
Also, we can install counter-loading or floor-loading units. If you want to slide items from the compartment directly to the countertop, it is easy to do with the counter-loading model. For heavier items that you may wish to unload into the garage, using a floor-loading model is best. Each floor can have the style of load you need to make it easiest and most efficient.
7. Make Cleaning Up the House a Breeze
One of the biggest benefits to using a dumbwaiter in your home is how quickly you can clean.
When you pick up clutter, you can quickly put the clutter you find into a dumbwaiter and send it up to the next floor and continue. At each floor, take out items that belong on that floor and put them away and then continuing to work your way through the house. It saves you the hassle of carrying the items up and down between floors, and it is also a good way to help the children pick up their items. You can send up what they need to clean or put away.
Install a Dumbwaiter in Your Home Today
Dumbwaiters are relatively affordable and a great investment in your home. Homebuyers considering your home in the future will see dumbwaiters as a convenience upgrade, and it could increase the value of your home depending on the market.
Learn more about adding a dumbwaiter to your home by contacting us at 800-541-1741 or request more information online.