How to Choose a Wheelchair Ramp

4 Foot Long Wheelchair Ramps

Four foot long mobility scooter ramps can be used in offices, apartment buildings, assisted living facilities, and other commercial locations as they are ADA-compliant for step heights up to four inches. Alternatively, if you are looking to use a four foot ramp for personal use in your home, they do not need to adhere to ADA codes and can be used with occupied wheelchairs and mobility scooters on step heights up to eight inches. If you plan on only transporting unoccupied wheelchairs or mobility scooters, they can be used with rises up to 12 inches. Most are portable to make it easier to provide assistance to individuals with disabilities in a variety of locations.

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

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

How to Determine Correct Ramp Length

Before you decide on a four-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 additional information about this topic, please read How to Determine Proper Wheelchair Ramp Length.