Agree or not but the first thing that we do after entering an elevator is to check ourselves in the mirror. However, the mirrors in the elevators have way more advantages and uses than this. They are present in the elevator for some way more important purposes. Here, have a look at some of the uses :

Safety :


Safety is one of the major reason that we have mirrors in the elevators. We can easily keep an eye on what the other person is doing without making it feel awkward. This can help alot in identifying if any suspicious activity is going on inside the elevator.


Earlier in Japan, the mirrors were put inside the elevator for the disabled people with wheelchairs. As life have a smaller space, there might be problem in turning the wheelchair, therefore, this is where mirror comes handy as it enables a person to move the wheelchair with ease and safety.

Reduce Anxiety and Claustrophobia:

People facing Claustrophobia in the lift because of space, shortage of fresh air, etc. is a very common problem. This problem can result in nxiety and resultantly, heartbeat increases etc. Having a mirror in the lift, works as a great advantage in reducing the anxiety as it appears that there’s more space and less crowded.

Apart from all these advantages, we found an answer on Quora where the Quoran has perfectly summed up the use and need of mirror in elevators pretty well. Read out the post:

“The purpose is functional, but it’s psychological rather than mechanical. “In the early industrial age, buildings began to spring up all over the east coast. Many of these new buildings were taller than anything ever built before and most had elevators. As buildings got taller and taller, more people began to use elevators. Elevators in those days were pretty darn slow. People were constantly complaining about how slow the elevators were.

Elevator companies were challenged with this problem and came up with the typical problem statement elevators move too slow. So they went off to design elevators that were faster and safer, but at the time it was very expensive to do so. Several companies went off and running to build a safer and faster elevator, and one elevator company proposed a different problem statement. They may have had a different name for the approach, but they were using the fundamentals of the best problem statement tool. One engineer said, I think our elevator speeds are just fine, people are crazy.

Then an engineer proposed that they work on a different problem statement. He proposed that the problem was people think elevators move to slow. He inserted two words people think into the problem statement which allowed the design team to approach the problem from a completely different angle and thus a whole new set of ideas. Instead of concentrating on larger motors, slicker pulley designs and such, they concentrated on the passenger in the elevator.

When they looked at the problem from this angle, the ideas started to snowball. Is it really too slow? Why do they think it is slow? How can we distract them? How can we make it more comfortable? Are customers scared of heights?

This lead to some first hand customer research. They found that a lot of people thought the elevators were a lot slower then they actually were.

They also discovered that people had an exaggerated sense of time because they had nothing to do but stare at the wall and think about the safety of the elevator being suspended in the air, and preoccupied with the fear of falling.

There was the need for room and additional equipment of any sort, so they brainstormed on that. This lead to the idea of mirrors in elevators so people would think about something else besides danger. Was their hair combed properly? Did her makeup look okay?

By installing mirrors in the elevators, people became distracted and were no longer preoccupied with the fear of falling. On a follow up survey, customers commented how much faster the new elevators were even though the speed was exactly the same. The elevator design itself had not changed at all.”

Well, we never thought that the simplest thing like mirror inside the lift can have so many advantages.

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