It may have an unusual name, but this little service lift has been providing solutions to moving goods safely and effectively in homes and businesses since the late 1880’s.
Originally invented to move objects between the floors of large houses run by a large number of staff often with kitchens located in the basements and the dining rooms upstairs. The dumbwaiter kept noise and cooking odours away from diners and this food lift had the sole purpose of being neither seen nor heard, thus the term ‘Dumbwaiter’ was coined.
These hard-working little service lifts are designed to carry goods, not people and are now often found in restaurants, commercial kitchens, hotels, nursing homes, schools and increasingly in private houses. They are often used, not only to transport food, but also dirty dishes, laundry, shopping, deliveries, luggage and many other items.