If you or a loved one has a wheelchair, it’s important to make certain changes to accommodate the wheels, especially at home. A large part of preparing your home for a wheelchair is to choose the right flooring so it’s easy to manoeuvre around without too much physical exertion, especially for people who have little upper-body strength.
Generally, you’ll need to choose a floor that is low-maintenance, scratch-resistant, smooth and level. There are a few different floors that fit these characteristics.
What Is the Best Scratch Resistant Flooring?
If you’re on the lookout for a great-looking, wheelchair-friendly option, engineered hardwood flooring is much more durable than real hardwood. It still has the same aesthetic effect of hardwood, but it won’t scratch and dent as easily under the wheelchair’s wheels. It is also ultra-smooth and won’t typically be unlevel unless specifically requested. Choose a matte engineered hardwood instead of a polished one to ensure that you don’t have to keep cleaning inevitable marks from the wheels.
Vinyl flooring is durable, relatively stain-resistant, and smooth to wheel a wheelchair over. It may, however, eventually buckle in high traffic areas, so you might want to look at stronger flooring options.
Water and wheelchairs don’t mix very well, so it’s very important to get a slip-resistant floor that can withstand a little spill or two without causing an accident. Laminate flooring is tough, attractive, durable, and non-slip. This makes it a great option for those in a wheelchair!
What Carpet Is Best for Wheelchairs?
Carpet is a great option for wheelchairs, when you pick the right one. Wheelchair friendly carpets tend to be low-pile carpets that are easy to wheel over. Thicker carpets may catch the wheels and make the chair difficult to push. Carpet is more maintenance than other, harder floors. It will need to be kept in good shape to ensure that it stays level, and looking good.
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