“What length ramp should I order for X stairs?”
It’s the question that should be asked when you first look into purchasing a wheelchair ramp. It gets you thinking about how steep that slope will be and how to make it as easy as possible on yourself or your loved ones. Placement rise directly affects how long a ramp you need.
Here’s how Thom, our CEO, responded;
“This is not a simple answer. Here are some factors that should be considered: Stairs typically run about 7.5 inches high each so for three stairs a standard rise or height would be about 22 inches. The ADA [Americans with Disabilities Act] recommends 1 foot for ramp for every one inch of rise. Assuming your stairs are a standard height this means you should buy 22 feet of ramp using the Government standard. The Handi-Ramp PAR (Portable Access Ramp) is the only portable ramp system that is that long. However, this system does not fold up like the shorter portable ramps. Some people will buy a shorter ramp using a one foot of ramp for every 2 inches of rise calculation and that will work fine for their needs. (That would translate into a 12 foot portable ramp.)
Other factors that should be considered include: The weight of the wheelchair and the person in it, the strength of the person assisting if it is a manual chair or the power of the wheelchair if it is a power-chair. To help you make the right decision I would suggest talking with an expert to help you understand all of your options. You can call Handi-Ramp and they can help you decide what is right for your circumstances. I’m guessing other vendors have people to talk with as well, but I only know what it is that we offer.”
Estimating by stairs can be tricky but knowing your rise is a key part to ramp safety. Measuring each step and adding them together is one way to get a more accurate rise. Or if you are able to measure straight down from the landing level as if there are no stairs.
We here at Handi-Ramp talk all day about rises and ramp lengths. Give us a call, talk with one of our experts and let us find you the perfect size ramp for your need.