Ramp Buyer's Guide
Get accurate measurements, don't guess.
How to Measure for a Wheelchair Ramp
The incline chart below will help calculate the length of ramp needed for most situations and settings. However, keep in mind that a 1" rise will require about 12" of ramp length to be ADA compliant. That's an angle of only 4.8 degrees. In most home care settings that's a difficult rule to follow. It's not uncommon to find more realistic angles of 8-18 degrees depending on the type mobility device being used.
Consult your equipment's owner guide to see what degree of incline is recommended.
A typical Power Wheelchair recommended incline capability is about 9.5° with the patient in the chair or scooter and about 14.5° unloaded. Pushing a manual wheelchair can be difficult or easy depending on: ramp length + patient weight.
(all measurements in degrees)
Ramp incline chart:
Single-Fold Aluminum Ramps
Triple-Fold Aluminum Ramps