How Long Should A Wheelchair Ramp Be? 3 Easy Steps

It can be overwhelming to purchase a ramp. The length of your ramp is the first thing you need to decide. We'll show you how to calculate your ramp length in just three easy steps in this brief post.

 

In this article:

  • Step 1: Measure the rise
  • Step 2: Choose your slope based on use
  • Step 3: Find your ramp length using our easy guide

 

FIRST, CALCULATE YOUR RISE USING THE DIAGRAM BELOW AS A GUIDE

Measure the rise from the door threshold or from the landing outside the door to the flat area that the other end of the ramp will rest on. Keep in mind that the ground may slope away from the bottom of the steps. (see diagram)  

 

NEXT, USING THE RISE, CALCULATE THE LENGTH OF RAMP NEEDED BASED ON HOW YOU WILL USE THE RAMP:

Slope Best Used For... Calculate Ramp Length
4.8 Degree This is Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant  Rise distance divided by 1
7-degree Manual wheelchair users who are independent or who have an attendant with limited strength Rise distance divided by 1.5
10-degree Manual wheelchairs with a reasonably strong attendant Rise distance divided by 2
12-degree Power wheelchairs or scooters and manual chairs with a strong attendant Rise distance divided by 2.5
15-degree Restricted space, unoccupied loading/unloading  Rise distance divided by 3

LAST, USING YOUR RISE AND YOUR CHOSEN SLOPE FROM ABOVE, USE THE TABLE BELOW TO FIND YOUR RAMP LENGTH:

Ramp Slope Calculator easy
Now that you know the right length for your ramp.  Check out our best selling Pathway 3G Ramp systems where you can build your own ramp system, ask for a quote, and see all the ways to customize your perfect entry ramp. 
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