How to Measure for a Ramp Wheelchairs & Scooters
Calculations apply not only to walkers, manual wheelchairs, power wheelchairs and scooters, but also to individuals that may have impaired walking due to injury, amputation, surgery, or balance issues. Our Ramps:
- Folding Ramps choose Single-Fold or Tri-Fold
- Threshold Ramps choose Entry Way or Transistion Ramp
- Gateway Permanent Ramps & Walkways
Folding Ramps have a maximum length of 10' and that is the maximum length ramp we offer.
How to choose ramp length:The ADA 4.8° rule:1 inch rise per 12 inch ramp length = 4.8°
Public and commercial properties we recommend you stick with the ADA requirements of 4.8° and the longer ramp lengths.
The incline chart below will help calculate the length of ramp needed for most situations and settings.Keep in mind
, the ADA standard ratio (for commercial & public properties) is 1:12 slope which means for every 1" of vertical rise you are required to have at least one foot of ramp (4.8° incline). And this is for loading unoccupied wheelchairs/scooters. The 14.5° rule:
However, for home use, this is not always achievable or practical. Try the 14.5° rule, 3:12 ratio. You can calculate this by dividing the rise in inches by 3 (24 inch rise requires an 8 foot ramp; 36 inch requires 12 foot ramp). See the chart below. 9.6° for power wheelchairs & scooters:
Always consult your equipment's owner guide to see what degree of incline is recommended. A typical power wheelchair recommended incline capability is about 9.6° 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)
|2'||3'||4'||5'||6'||7'||8'||10'||RISE IN INCHES|
|RAMP LENGTH IN FEET|
(all measurements in degrees)Ramp incline chart:See All RampsSingle-Fold Aluminum RampsTriple-Fold Aluminum RampsThreshold Ramps