Getting around in a wheelchair can be tough, especially when there are steps or thresholds. But there are many types of ramps that can help you reach places you want to go, like your friends and family’s homes or the community spots you need to visit.

When picking the best wheelchair ramp for you, here’s what to think about:

The best slope for a ramp is around 1:18, but don’t make it steeper than 1:12. This way, someone in a wheelchair can go up without too much effort.

The ramp should have a surface that helps you grip and prevents slipping.

If you can, choose a ramp that has a bit of a raised edge. This helps keep the wheelchair wheels from rolling off and causing a fall.

Ramps can be a bit awkward to carry around. It’s a good idea to try carrying one before you buy it, especially for the distances you’ll need to move it.

Where will you keep your ramps? Keep in mind that some are bigger and might take up more space than others.

Ramps can weigh a lot or a little. Don’t just trust when they say “lightweight.” Always check the actual weight. And make sure the ramp can hold the weight of both the device and the person using it.

There are lots of ramp choices. Take a good look at all of them and pick based on what you need personally.

Threshold or door wedge wheelchair

These little infill ramps are an easy fix for a common issue—getting over doorframes or thresholds. They make it easier to move around a house or a community place without any barriers. You can put them on either side of the lip and leave them there or use them to bridge the threshold, but you might need to take them away if you want to open the door.

Portable Long Wheelchair Ramps

  • Suitcase ramps

This ramp is small, light, and folds up for easy carrying, use, and storage. It can handle up to 450kg, which is great for big-powered wheelchairs. It comes in lengths up to 2400mm or 8ft, perfect for steps up to 200mm or 8 inches tall.

  • Trifold ramps

Trifold ramps work much like the ones before, but they fold into three parts, making them easier to carry and store. Most need a pin to put them together or take them apart, so it’s best if you’ve got good eyesight and hand skills. The cool thing is they can be as long as 10ft or 3050mm, great for more steps or deeper treads.

  • Roll-up ramps

Roll-up wheelchair ramps are handy when the ground isn’t even because they adjust to the terrain. They’re sturdy but flexible, so they can be made shorter or longer as needed. They’re really versatile, especially when you’re not sure about the height of the step you’re dealing with.

  • Modular ramps

If you’re staying at a place for a while, you might want a bigger portable wheelchair ramp. These ramps help when there are lots of stairs to a door. Some even come with a platform at the top and bottom for easier access. You can choose how high you want handrails and even add steps for others using the place.


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