Ever wondered what it takes to make a house wheelchair accessible? The infographic below shows some really good guidelines that one can use in and around the house to make sure a person in a wheelchair gets to move around freely, has easy access to objects in different parts of the house, and can go around doing their day to day activities worry free.

  • Phone/alert system near bed
  • Overhang lift/manual trapeze to get in/out of bed

  • Phone/alert system near toilet & shower
  • Bath tub lift (13”-30” bottom)
  • Commode lift
  • Grab bars next to toilet
  • Grab bars in tub & shower with 36” clearance

  • Vertical platform lift for higher outdoor staircases
  • All-weather, outdoor stair lift
  • Portable ramp (front entrance)

  • Wheelchair-accessible countertop & cabinet height.
  • Table: 27” floor-to-table height & 30” x 48” seat spacing
  • Door (minimum 32” width)

  • Garage entry/interior door ramp for safe, quick car access
  • Wheelchair accessible floor area for easy car loading/unloading
  • Entry door (minimum 32” width)

  • A stair lift for easy basement access to washer, dryer, pantries, etc.

Accessibility Tips

1. Clear Pathways

Interior/exterior pathways should have accommodating widths for:

  • Mobility scooters
  • Rollators
  • Power wheelchairs
  • Standard wheelchairs

Standard Widths

  • 36” for hallways
  • 32” for doorways
  • Minimum clearance for 180 degree turns: 36” in all directions

2. Lighting

  • All rooms should be well-lit during evening, nighttime, and early morning.
  • Lighting controls should be easy to access and use.

3. Security

  • Phones & alert systems should be installed throughout the home for quick, easy access
  • A reliable security or alarm system should be installed to protect you & your home



Infographic Source: KD Smart Chair