Wheelchair Frame & Component Options
Wheelchair options used in our configuration menus.

Wheelchair Frame Option Descriptions:

Frame Size

Wheelchair Frame Width

Wheelchair Frame Depth

Wheelchair Seat-to-Floor

Frame Width

Frame/Seat Depth

Seat-to-Floor Height

Frame Width is the seat width measured in inches. This will also be the back width. Frame Depth is the seat depth measured in inches. Seat Depth is dependent on user height. Seat-to-Floor height is measured straight down to floor. Usually lower in rear and higher in front for a slight tilt back into the seat.
Frame Length

Wheelchair Frame Length

Wheelchair Frame Length

Swing-Away Frame


Frame length on a Swing-Away frame is measured from seat center to front-hanger. Fixed-frame chairs measure seat center to front of frame.
Front End Style

Wheelchair Front Rigging

Wheelchair Front Rigging

Wheelchair Front Rigging

Swing Away Frame

Fixed Front 70-deg

Fixed Front 80-deg

Swing Away Footrests swing to the side for entering or exiting the chair. They also swing to the side to detach and attach from the side. Fixed front ends are set to a fixed angle. They are height adjustable and the footplates fold up for folding the wheelchair. Fixed front-ends are usually between 70 and 90-degrees. 90-deg. is straight down and may not be comfortable for many users.
Since Swing Away Footrests are removable they can be replaced with other angle footrest or Elevating Legrests. The angle of a Fixed Frame is part of the frame and cannot be changed or altered.
Front Frame Style

Wheelchair Front-End

Wheelchair Front End

Straight Front-End

Tapered Front-End

Found on most folding wheelchairs and optional on rigid chairs. Straight front frame is the most common front-end. Tapered front frames have an inset of 1-2 inches. Common on rigid non-folding wheelchairs and on a few folding chairs.

Standard Nylon Back

Vinyl Seat and Back

Adjustable Tension Back

Nylon Upholstery

Vinyl Upholstery

Adjustable Tension Back

Nylon upholstery is standard on most wheelchairs. Nylon is breathable and provides a cooler seat than vinyl. Vinyl is available for easy cleaning with a non-stretching vinyl seat and back. Ideal for incontinence. Adjustable Tension Back is only offered on higher-end chairs for users who rather adjust the fit themselves.

Front Rigging

Typical Swing Away Footrest

Standard Swingaway Footrest

Elevating Legrest

Swingaway Frame

Swingaway Footrests

Elevating Legrests

The Swing Away front end is the most common type of front rigging. A latch releases the footrests to swing to the side for chair entry or exit. They swing to the side for attaching or detaching. Chair use various methods of attaching. Swingaway Footrest are the most common front rigging. They come as standard equipment on most chairs and are at a fixed-angle, usually 60 or 70-degrees. The swing to the side for entering or exiting the chair. Elevating Legrests allow the user to place the leg at any angle. Legrests work independent of each other so each can be set to user preference. Elevating Legrests are a must on Reclining Wheelchairs.

Composite Footplate

Aluminum Footplate


Composite Footplate

Aluminum Footplate


Composite footplates are made of a lightweight composite material. Composite is durable and easy to keep clean. Aluminum footplates may be available as an option. Generally found on heavy-duty wheelchairs or chairs under constant use and abuse. The Footboard is offered on most higher-end chairs, both folding and rigid frame. The Footboard provides a single surface and often is accompanied by legstraps.

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