Creative Accessibility Solutions: Small Ramps for Doorways

Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia-September 1, 2018: The Government House with victorian gothic architecture and tropical plants in Darwin, Australia

Simple changes like small ramps for doorways, gradually inclined entrances, and wider aisles can make huge differences in the safety and security of all. Thoughtful additions during construction like handrails, sinks and counters to serve people of different heights make all the difference in inclusivity.

Accommodations for a better living in existing structures need not be expensive nor involve major changes. There are fast, easy, and even portable solutions to many common barriers to movement. Read on to learn more.

Steps and Trip Hazards

For a person who depends on a cane, walker or wheelchair, uneven floors and steps are more than an inconvenience. A fall could prove serious.

In some buildings, transitions between hard surfaces like concrete and soft surfaces like carpet cause difficulty. In other structures, a step up or down is unavoidable.

Increase comfort and security by reducing changes in elevations for users. 

Small Ramps for Doorways

The easiest way to change a doorway to welcome all is to add a threshold ramp on both sides of the door. The transition between elevations is easily managed with small ramps to provide a gradual slope. 

Small ramps for doorways are often only a few inches wide. They are made of lightweight materials and are small enough to be portable. Some small ramps even come with a carrying case and straps to hold them for easy deployment.

Interior Ramps

Inside, flooring transitions between carpet and harder surfaces need a small bit of trim to make the surface smooth for people with mobility issues. The transition should have a gradual slope. It should extend several inches for safety.

Threshold ramps are a safety measure that eliminates the hazard in doorways or other places where a small step or curb makes the area dangerous. Interior threshold ramps can provide a permanent or temporary solution for wheelchair users.

The sturdy platform can hold up to 800lbs, yet are easily removable. For interiors, foam and rubber ramps offer quiet use and a nonslip surface. 

Vehicle to Interior Transitions

The wheelchair lifts from a vehicle can also smooth travel from different elevations. Many people use their ramp or lift to negotiate a transfer directly from entryway to car. 

The nonslip surfaces make this a practical solution inside a garage. Simply extend the ramp to level with the step up or down. This allows a smooth, safe entry and exit without negotiating additional hazards.

Mobility Solutions Benefit Everyone

Small ramps for doorways smooth the way for wheelchairs, scooters, and really everyone. Removing one small trip hazard makes a welcoming entry. Ramps help people who use canes, walkers, or those who struggle with visual depth perception.

Challenges with transitions between elevations do not need to be difficult. For those who use wheelchairs, vehicle lifts and portable ramps provide a way to bypass steps and curbs.

Want to know more about mobility aids and vehicle lifts? Check out more information here.

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