How to Choose a Wheelchair Ramp

2 Foot Long Wheelchair Ramps

ADA-compliant for rises up to two inches, two-foot long mobility scooter ramps will work in offices, apartment buildings, assisted living facilities, and other commercial locations. Use them in your personal residence to enhance your mobility and surmount sliding doors openings, small steps, and similar heights up to four inches, as personal residences.

What Step Heights Can I Use with Two-Foot Ramps?

Two-foot ramps can be used with step heights, or rises, up to two inches in a commercial setting, and up to four inches in a personal residence. If you plan on only transporting unoccupied wheelchairs or mobility scooters, they can be used with rises up to six inches.

How to Determine Correct Ramp Length

Before you decide on a two foot ramp, please take a moment to ensure that it will work with your intended space. Here are the factors to consider:

  • The rise, or height of the step you want to surmount.
  • The amount of space in front of the rise, as this might limit your ramp length.
  • The amount of space in front of the entryway, as this might limit your ability to turn.

For more detailed information on this topic, please read How to Determine Proper Wheelchair Ramp Length.

Understanding ADA Codes for Wheelchair Ramps

Here are some of the ADA codes which mobility ramps must adhere to in commercial and public spaces.

  • The ramp length must be one foot long for every one inch of step height (also known as the rise).
  • Turning areas must be flat and at least 60 inches in diameter with toe and knee clearance.
  • There must be enough space in front of doors, doorways and gates for wheelchairs and scooters to maneuver in front of them.
  • If a surface changes height by .5 inches or more over time, such as a shift in a concrete sidewalk, some type of ramp must be installed for access.
  • New commercial or public buildings have to adhere to ADA standards; older buildings might be exempt depending on their architectural layout.

For more in-depth information, please read ADA Specifications: Wheelchair Ramps.