The Condo Dwellers' Guide To Proper Elevator Etiquette

  • March 13, 2019

that annoying person from the elevator. Here’s our condo dwellers’ guide to proper elevator etiquette.


  • While you might be rushing, other people are, too. Stand aside and give way for people who want to access the elevator buttons and the door.
  • If you’re waiting with persons with disabilities (PWDs), be polite and let them fall in line first.


  • If it’s not an inconvenience, hold the door open for people for no more than 15-20 seconds.
  • If you’re waiting for the second elevator, push the button only when the first one has moved. Otherwise, you’ll be opening the same elevator and delay it from moving. You wouldn’t want to waste someone else’s time, would you?
  • Also, hitting the button over and over won’t make the elevator arrive faster.


  • As common courtesy, let elevator passengers alight first, and PWDs get in first.
  • Don’t try to squeeze yourself in if the elevator is already crowded. Wait for the next one if you are not in a hurry.
  • Never use your hand to stop the elevator doors. One wrong move and it could send you to the hospital or worse.


  • Push your floor number. Make sure you push the right one so as not to cause delays. If you can’t reach the button, politely ask the nearest person from the buttons to push it for you.
  • Stay clear from the door and stand either on the right if you’re getting off first or the farthest end if you’re exiting last.
  • If you’re standing nearest to the elevator buttons, be a good neighbor and push floor buttons for those who ask you to.


  • Once you’ve boarded the elevator, face the door and keep a safe distance from it.
  • If you are only two in the elevator, it’s best to stand on the opposite side from the other. However, if you are three or four, it’s typical to gravitate towards each corner. For more than four passengers, try to stand on a healthy distance from one another.
  • Keep all sound at a soft or quiet level, may it be your speaking voice or your music from your earphones. If you’re riding with a colleague, try continuing your conversation after you’ve exited the elevator. If you must speak to one another, speak in hushed tones.


  • Drop your phone call. The elevator may be the size of a phone booth, but it’s not made for phone calls. Spare the other riders from the unnecessary story time.
  • If you’re riding with a stranger, you can say a quick hello or politely smile. You’re not obliged to have a conversation.
  • Don’t eat or drink inside the elevator. If you must carry your food or drink, refrain from taking a bite or sipping as it can be dangerous for your clothes and for others’.
  • Hold your bags closely in front of you, much better if you hold it to your leg level. Otherwise, you’re taking up more space than necessary.


  • When coming from the farthest end of the elevator, politely inform the people in front that it is your floor and ask them to let you pass. Say your thanks, too!
  • Consequently, if you’re the one standing in front, don’t just stand aside when people behind you are trying to exit. Step outside of the elevator and only come back in when everyone has alighted on that specific floor.


  • For those who are left inside and are near the elevator buttons, help the ones who stepped outside get back in smoothly by holding the door open.
  • If you’re riding with a friend, but you’re alighting on different floors, don’t hold the elevator just so you can finish talking. That’s rude to the other passengers, and definitely a waste of their time.
  • Be alert and move out promptly.

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