Wheelchair Ramp Buying Guide

The Ramp People's Wheelchair Ramps are amongst the UK's best-selling mobility ramps and are used extensively in the NHS, the healthcare and nursing home industries, as well as by private individuals. We understand that specifying a ramp to suit your needs perfectly can be overwhelming, so we have written this guide to help ensure that you get the best ramp for your purposes.

Ramp Length

For manual wheelchairs we would recommend a minimum gradient of 1:6. Thus, for example, for a 1 foot rise (load height) you'll need a 6 foot long ramp. For mobility scooters we recommend a minimum gradient of 1:8. Thus, for example, for a 1 foot rise (load height) you'll need a 8 foot long ramp. Mobility scooter ramps need to be longer due to the low ground clearance.

Width

It's worth remembering that your ramp needs to be wide enough to accommodate your wheelchair/mobility scooter, yet narrow enough to fit into the threshold you are bridging.

Wheelchair Ramps

Channel Ramps

  • Used to access vehicles, bridge steps and kerbs
  • Flexible in terms of compactness, portability, weight, length and use
  • Not recommended for mobility scooters due to side walls;

Threshold Ramps

  • Used to bridge single steps and thresholds
  • Available in aluminium, fiberglass and rubber
  • Designed to be highly durable and incredibly easy to install

Economy

 

Folding

  • Folds down to half its width making it perfect if it needs to be moved regularly
  • Lightweight, durable and have an anti-slip grip surface
  • Suitable for manual, electric wheelchairs or scooters

 

 

Multi-folding Ramps

  • This range folds to half its length and then to half its width, very compact!
  • These ramps are solid, durable and have a choice of anti-slip grip surface
  • Suitable for manual, electric wheelchairs or scooters

Premium

Bi-Fold

  • Comprises of 2 halves that lock together when in position
  • Available in longer lengths, 1.8-2.7m, perfect for higher rises
  • Incredibly lightweight but strong

Cross-Fold

  • Folds to half its length, making it extremely easy to store
  • Lightweight, strong and have an anti-slip grip surface

Length-Fold

  • Folds down the length of the ramp
  • Boasts a 300kg capacity
  • Requires no installation or fixing

Non-Folding

  • Available in shorter lengths making them perfect for lower rises
  • Quick and easy to setup

Contact Us

If you need any help specifying a permanent or semi-permanent wheelchair ramp, do give us a call.

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