This article will teach you how to build a working elevator in Minecraft. While it is possible to build an elevator with advanced materials from Survival mode, you usually create an elevator in Creative mode. The elevator template used in this article will work on any version of Minecraft for the desktop, Pocket Edition, and console (including the Nintendo Switch).
Part 1 of 3: Making the elevator base
Step 1. Dig the foundation
Make a hole four blocks wide, three blocks high and four blocks deep. Make sure to do this below the area from which you want the lift to start.
For example: if you have made the foundation of a cellar, you have to make the hole in the floor of the cellar
Step 2. Turn to a part of the foundation three blocks wide
It doesn't matter which side of the foundation you look at.
Step 3. Replace the middle block in the second row from the floor with obsidian
This means that the first row of the floor from the wall three blocks wide does not contain obsidian, but the next row contains a block of obsidian instead of soil (or stone, or whatever material the floor has).
Step 4. Look in another direction
Stand behind the block of obsidian and face the side with four blocks long, making sure that the shorter side of the foundation is on your right and the longer part is on your left.
This is very important, so make sure you're looking in the right direction before continuing
Step 5. Remove the block between the obsidian block and the wall
This creates a hole of a block deep in the floor of the foundation.
Step 6. Remove another block along the entire perimeter of the foundation
Your foundation should now be five blocks wide, four long, and four deep.
Step 7. Stand in another direction again
You should now be looking at the obsidian with the short part of the foundation on your left and the longer part on your right.
Step 8. Add observers
Place an upward-facing observer on top of the obsidian, and add an upward-facing observer to it, two blocks up and one to the left.
Step 9. Remove the block that touches the obsidian in the lower left corner
You should now have a trench two blocks wide and a block deep between you and the block of obsidian.
Step 10. Add slime blocks to it
The slime blocks will land on top of (but not in) the trench.
Step 11. Add your sticky piston to it
Place an upward-facing adhesive plunger on the far right slime block, and a downward-facing adhesive plunger on the far-left slime block.
You may need to dig a temporary hole to get the correct angle for inserting a downward-facing adhesive plunger
Step 12. Place a slime block on top of the adhesive pistons
With this you have made the basis for the floor of the elevator.
Step 13. Make the elevator door
Place a block of your choice (preferably rock) on top of each of the slime blocks. With this you have created the device that is the moving part of the elevator.
Part 2 of 3: Making the elevator switch
Step 1. Place a regular piston (push machine)
Face the wall three blocks wide so that the bottom observer is on your right, then place the plunger on the floor block directly in front of you. The plunger should be facing you and touching the edge of the observer, leaving the space directly in front of the observer empty.
Step 2. Place a stone block behind the piston
This block comes directly behind the piston, leaving a space of a block between the block and the rear wall.
Step 3. Make a 'staircase' with blocks
Place a stone block one up and one to the right behind the piston, and another stone block one up and one to the right from that point. You need a collection of three stone blocks behind the piston, in the form of a staircase.
Step 4. Place a stone block directly above the ground level stairs
This means that you place one block on top of the top stair block and another stone block on top of that, then remove the first block you placed.
Step 5. Add redstone dust to the stairs
Select redstone dust in your inventory, then select each of the three descending stone blocks.
Leave the floating stone block you placed in the last step empty
Step 6. Add an 'Up' button to the floating stone block
This button should be on the side of the stone block that faces the floor of your elevator.
Don't press the button yet - if you do, the elevator as it is now will ascend and ascend, never to return
Part 3 of 3: Making the top of the elevator
Step 1. Create a temporary column on top of the observer
Place a block-wide column on top of the top observer.
The temporary column should be as many blocks high as you want the elevator side to rise
Step 2. Place a block of obsidian on top of the temporary column
This is the block that will cause the elevator to stop rising.
Step 3. Delete the temporary column
Remove all blocks from the temporary column, but keep the obsidian block in place.
Step 4. Activate your elevator
Select the button next to the elevator floor to do this. The elevator will go up until it hits the block of obsidian.
Step 5. Insert another plunger
This is done by looking at the block of obsidian closest to you, placing a temporary column to the right of the observer below the obsidian, then a plunger on the temporary column to your left.
With the front of the observer facing you, the plunger should be turned to the left
Step 6. Delete the temporary column
You should now have a floating, left-facing piston.
Step 7. Place a row of three stone blocks behind the piston
Place the first block directly behind the piston, the second block to the right of the first block, and the third block to the right of the second block.
Step 8. Place a floating stone block above the third stone block
Place a block on top of the stone block on the far right of the row, place a stone on top of it and remove the first block you placed in this step.
If you now look towards the back of the piston, you should see a row of stone blocks three blocks wide, with a floating stone block above the block on the far right of the row
Step 9. Place redstone on the column of three blocks
You are left with a line of redstone dust three blocks long.
Step 10. Add the 'Down' button to the elevator
This button will be next to the floating stone block facing the floor of the elevator. You now have a fully functional elevator that can go up and down with the push of a button.
You can decorate the elevator with walls, doors, etc
- It is much easier to build a house around an elevator than an elevator in a house.
- You may want to consider creating a second elevator and platform connecting the two so that there is always one elevator going up and one going down.