Wheelchair Ramp Buying Guide
Mobility Ramp Guide
The Ramp People's wheelchair ramps are among the UK's most popular mobility ramps, and are widely used by the NHS, nursing homes, and the healthcare industry. To help ensure that you get the appropriate ramp for your needs, we have developed this guide to help you identify the right ramp for you.
What length ramp do I need?
A minimum gradient of 1:6 is recommended for assisted manual wheelchairs. Consequently, for a 1-foot rise (load height), a 6-foot ramp will be required. In the case of mobility scooters, unassisted manual wheelchairs, electric wheelchairs and walkers, we recommend a minimum gradient of 1:8. For a 1-foot rise (load height), for example, you will need an 8-foot ramp. Mobility scooters and electric wheelchairs often require a smoother gradient due to low clearance.
For assisted 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 unassisted wheelchairs, mobility scooters and walkers 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. Alternatively you can use our Wheelchair ramp calculator by clicking on image below:
Use our length calculator to help calculate the right size wheelchair ramp for your needs.
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.
Is portable or semi-permanent right for me?
Choosing a portable or semi-permanent ramp entirely depends on your personal preference. Portable ramps can be moved around and require little to no installation. Semi-permanent ramps are usually sturdier and require more complex installation. Ultimately, it's up to you to decide which type of ramp works best for your needs. If you are looking for a portable ramp, folding or channel ramps would be a good choice. In the case of semi-permanent ramps, the adjustable threshold ramps, rubber threshold ramps, or modular ramps may be left outdoors regardless of the weather.
I still need help!
If you require additional assistance, please email us at email@example.com with pictures and measurements, and we will be happy to provide you with advice on ramp length and type that would be most appropriate for your obstacle.
If you need any help specifying a permanent or semi-permanent wheelchair ramp, do give us a call.
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