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How To Make An Elevator In Minecraft

How To Make An Elevator In Minecraft

Minecraft’s sandbox allows players to go crazy and create anything their hearts and mind desire. There are creations that boggle the mind and truly showcase the quality of creative liberties this game gives to its players. Some are very just there for the spectacle while others are quite practical within the game world.

One such practical creation we will be discussing here is an elevator that you can build to traverse your vertical spaces. These are perfect for multi-story mansions or creating a means for visitors to see the upper levels of your opulent creations. There are multiple ways of creating an elevator like waterfall elevators but we will be primarily focusing on realistic elevators.

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Elevator’s Base

For the foundation, hole create a 4×3 block hole and make it 4 blocks deep. Make this hole below the area you want to enter or use the elevator from.

Dig a block in the second row and replace it with an obsidian block, seen in the picture below. This has to be in the top-middle of the hole.

Next, stand beside the obsidian block and face the 4 block side with the shorter side of the hole on your right and the longer end on your left. The exact location matters a lot here so refer to the picture below. Now remove the single block between the wall and the obsidian block

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Now remove one block perimeter from the entire hole whereby the 4×3 foundation hole is now a 5×4 hole. Next stand in the hole where the shorter end of the foundation is on your left and the longer side is to the right.

Next place an upward-facing observer block on the obsidian block and another one with a gap of 2 blocks up and 1 to the left. Seen in the picture below.

Remove the block next to the hole we made earlier beside the obsidian block to create a 2 block trench and place 2 slime blocks on top of the trench, not inside the trench.

On top of these 2 slime blocks, you will be placing 2 sticky pistons. On the right slime block, you will place an upward-facing piston, and on the left slime block, you will place a downward-facing piston. Dig any temporary holes to place these in the correct way seen below.

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On top of the above-placed pistons place 2 slime blocks to create the base of the elevator floor. And on top of the slime blocks place any block of your choice to create the actual elevator floor, stone block type is preferred here.

All these above steps have created the moving part of the elevator and next, we design a functional switch for the elevator.

Elevator’s Switch

With the bottom-most observer block on your right place, a regular piston diagonally to it with its face pointing towards you, as seen in the picture below. Leave the space in front of the observer block with the piston touching its corner. Behind this piston place a stone block, there should be one row of space behind this stone block and the back wall.

Create a stone block staircase shape from the back stone block from the piston placed previously. You can see the exact placement of the blocks below. A set of 3 stone blocks will create this staircase of sorts. Leave a space on top of the topmost block of the staircase and place another stone block on the ground. To create a space in the middle you need to place a block first and then remove it later on. This new block will be placed at the ground level.

Select redstone dust and add it to the staircase stone blocks, all three of them minus the floating block.

Add a button to the floating stone block and should face the elevator floor we have previously created. Do not press the button yet otherwise the whole elevator contraption will be rocketed into the sky and lost forever.

To stop it from flying away we have to create the elevator’s top part to stop it and be the platform to exit to.

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Elevator’s Top

To create the top floor or platform we have to decide first where we want the elevator’s maximum height to be. Once decided we can build a temporary single block column, which is to be built on top of the topmost observer block placed in the foundation. This column has to be stacked to the desired height and then place an obsidian stone on top of it. Remove the whole column once you have placed the obsidian stone. This obsidian stone is the barrier that will stop the elevator from drifting away essentially.

Activate the elevator from the button we have created before to make it travel and stop at the floating obsidian block. From here move to the point where both the observer block’s face is directed toward you. Then place a temporary block on the right side of the top observer block and place a piston right next to it facing to the left, exact location seen below.

Remove the placeholder block after placing the piston which will create a floating piston.

Behind the piston place 3 stone blocks in a row. The first one should be placed behind the piston and the next 2 on its right side.

On top of the rightmost block in this row place 2 more blocks and remove the middle one whereby the topmost block will be floating in the air. See the picture below for exact referencing.

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On the newly created row of stone blocks add redstone dust

On the floating stone block place a button that’s facing toward the elevator’s floor, this button will act as a down button for the elevator.

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With all the above steps done you will have a functioning elevator that will travel up and down with the push of a button. With this crucial part of the elevator machinery done you can now create the aesthetics of the elevator as you like.


This elevator is piston-based and there are more ways of making elevators in Minecraft. This had the most mechanical feel to it so we like this way better as opposed to the water-based elevators that rely on water’s swimming properties to move around.