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A Kinder, Gentler (Rubber) Wheelchair Ramp

We used portable metal wheelchair ramps for my dad‘s visits to the house, and they’ve worked well for us. We needed a rather long ramp, so our options were limited. In other situations, I’d have much preferred a rubber threshold ramp instead — every time we moved our portable ramps I worried that the metal edges would catch and maul a door, the side of the house, or our hardwood floors. Rubber ramps would be kinder to anything they accidentally encountered — and, I suspect, hose off more easily as well.

These rubber ramps won’t work where you need considerable length, but they’d probably be a fine choice for many entryways and porches. They’re available in one-and-a-half and two-and-a-half-inch heights and can be combined with risers for a height up to four-and-three-fourths inches.

Image of a Rubber Wheelchair Ramp for a ThresholdThe 48 inch width should be fine for just about any home door width, including most sliding glass doors. It’s too bad that a cheaper, 36 or 38 inch version isn’t available for standard doorways, but these can be trimmed to fit if they’re too wide. No installation is necessary; push them flush to the step and they’ll stay in place.

Maximum weight of user and equipment is 850 pounds. Users of all weights can feel good about the rubber — it’s from recycled tires. Lovers of the discreet will be pleased at how much they resemble common rubber door mats.

Available from Active Forever, and elsewhere on the Internet