Electric Wheelchair Sizing Guide
Wheelchairs to be fitted properly and be as narrow as possible in general. This will ensure being able to navigate tight areas inside the home and in public spaces.
One consideration is the height and the width of your wheelchair when you are getting in and out of your vehicle and getting behind the steering wheel. You need to have enough clearance for your head.
Wheelchair Seat Width and Length
To determine the correct seat width, measure the widest area of the body and add one inch. This will allow for optimum seat width while maintaining comfort and safety.
If your wheelchair seat is too narrow, you may have difficulty fitting into it when you wear your winter coat. Any pressure from clothing between you and the wheelchair could cause pressure sores.
For seat length, you want your butt up against the wheelchair back and the seat to come out to just before your knees bend.
Wheelchair Sizing Charts
1. Hip Width:
2. Widest Point: Measure the widest area across the legs if different from the hip width. This can dictate wheelchair seat width or arm style.
3. Chest Width: Measure the widest point of your chest just below the armpits. This measurement can determine wheelchair width.
4. Heel to Knee: Use this for wheelchair leg-rest extensions and seat height.
5. SRP to Knee (Seat Reference Point to Knee): Determines the seat depth of the wheelchair.
6. Elbow to SRP (Elbow to Seat Reference Point): Measure with elbow at a 90-degree angle and the shoulder in a natural position.
7. Shoulder Height: Determines the height and style for the back panel of the wheelchair.
8. Head Height: Determines the proper height of the wheelchair head-rest.