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Measuring for your Wheelchair:

Total widths and other dimensions vary greatly across all categories of Wheelchairs. Wheelchair buyers should be concerned with some of the basic dimensions such as overall width - a factor in proper seating. As a starting point in selection of the proper wheelchair, we need to ensure it fits the home.

In order for this to be done, we must identify the narrowest doorways, bathrooms, or counter areas. Try to visualize what will be part of your day will have areas that may limit access.

Through rule of thumb estimates, the total width of a wheelchair are below:

  • Transport Wheelchair: Seat Width + 3"
  • Standard Folding Wheelchair: Seat Width + 6"- 8"
  • Reclining Wheelchairs: Seat Width + 6" - 8"
  • Bariatric Wheelchairs: Seat Width + 6" - 8"

From the formula above, a Transport wheelchair with a size seat of 19" wide would be (19" seat width + 3" = 22" overall width).

It's a good idea to check the product specification we have on each product page to get exact dimensions!

Narrow your selection to a Type of Chair.

Choose your wheelchair based on patient and caregiver needs. If you know you will always be pushing the patient, you may only require a Transport chair. Standard wheelchairs with larger rear wheels will be required for the patient to propel themselves. Ultra-lightweight, Sports, Reclining and Tilt-in-Space wheelchairs can be configured on our website.

Measure for Correct Wheelchair Size:

Who needs to measure?

Measuring for Transport Wheelchair, Standard Wheelchairs, and most Lightweight Wheelchairs only allows for seat width and seat depth. Printing off the attached guide should assist in getting the proper fit.

Printable Wheelchair Measurement Guide

Helping you configure Specialty Wheelchairs:

Some wheelchairs have detailed configuration information and require additional measurements. To help you through the configuration process we have provided the printable Seating Chart below to help with various menu selections and choices. In addition, this information may be needed when calling-in your order. Most wheelchair product pages allow you to configure. Select the seat width & depth along with any other information as required. Knowing your patient's basic seat measurements before you begin your order is essential.

Configuration Guides, Specialty Wheelchairs and Hand-cycles

WheelchairAuthority.com plans to be the country's largest internet retailer of wheelchairs, handcycles and ROHO Cushions. We offer all of the top brands and models at the best prices you will find anywhere, guaranteed. You'll find wheelchairs from Medline, Invacare, Quickie, Top End, and more. From Standard Wheelchairs to Top End Handcycles. Our expert staff, with Resna certified wheelchair seating experts, are here to assist in you and your Physical Therapist in selection. You can feel confident buying your wheelchair from WheelchairAuthority.com.

On complex Wheelchairs, we are happy to have our in house wheelchair seating experts, work with your Physical Therapist in providing you the proper wheelchair. The Seating Assessment Guide is attached below!

Wheelchair and Seating Assessment Guide