Doors, Thresholds, Hallways
- Doors need to be wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair.
- Door openings should be 32 inches clear or more to provide enough room to clear entrance without harm to arms.
- If width is 29 inches, arms must be kept inside chair while someone assists pushing chair through.
- A device available for some non-motorized wheelchairs reduce width to clear narrow doors.
- For added space, remove molding or change hinges.
- Thresholds higher than one-half-inch are barriers for wheelchair users and someone using a cane. Most thresholds can be entirely removed or beveled.
- A wedge-shaped piece of wood attached to threshold, nailed down securely, and covered with a rubber mat makes threshold safer.
Hallways need to be wide enough to maneuver a wheelchair.
- Hallways at least 42 inches, 48 to 60 inches wide gives wheelchair user clearance to get into each room.
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