How to Measure for a Threshold Ramp

The right threshold ramp can make a significant difference in ensuring seamless accessibility for those using wheelchairs or other mobility devices. So before you go about selecting or purchasing a threshold ramp, ​​the crucial first step is accurately measuring your door threshold for a perfect fit. 

Keep reading to learn about the 3 essential measurements needed before ordering a threshold ramp for a typical hinged door, which will only take you less than 5 minutes to measure!

It’s also important to mention that a threshold ramp is generally considered appropriate for a single step, or rise of up to 9 inches.  If you’re looking for a ramp that covers multiple steps, you’ll need a different, longer type of ramp. 

Now let’s get into the 3 vital measurements!

If you’re looking for a ramp for your sliding door, however, we have a more in-depth description of the required measurements for ordering a sliding door threshold ramp

1. Measure the Rise of the Threshold

Grab your measuring tape and a notepad! The first essential measurement is the rise, or height, of your door’s threshold. This is measured from the walking surface (the ground) to the top of the door’s threshold, landing, or step where the ramp will be used. Measure the height of the rise on each end of the threshold. It’s important to measure the rise on both sides to determine if there is a variation in height at the corners.  If one side is higher than the other, we’ll need to select a style of ramp that can accommodate a slight variance in rise, like an adjustable threshold ramp

2. Measure the Width of the Door or Entry

Now, let’s dive into the width! Measure the opening of your door or entryway. Standard threshold ramps usually flaunt widths of 32 or 36 inches, a size that corresponds with most door openings. But, life loves its surprises! If your door’s got a personality with a wider-than-usual stance or a slightly smaller charm than 32 inches, that’s the dimension calling the shots for your ramp’s width. 

And for the sliding door owners, focus on how wide the door opens, not the threshold width itself—keep those measurements sharp. 

3. Measure How Far the Ramp Can Extend From the Door

Time to stretch! Measure how much the walking surface extends from the threshold. Do you have ample space? Or do you only have a couple of feet before the walking surface is interrupted for another step or railing on your porch? The higher the rise you’re dealing with, the longer the threshold ramp you’ll need, especially if you want your threshold ramp to be ADA-compliant. If your rise is a modest inch or less, a short and sweet ramp extending a foot onto the walking surface should do the trick. Now, if you’re facing a 4-inch rise or more, prepare for a two-foot or longer extension for a gradual and safe incline. 

Ordering Your Threshold Ramp

Now that you’ve carefully assessed the rise, width, and extension, you can select a threshold ramp tailored to your specific needs. Whether you’re accommodating variations in height, embracing the uniqueness of a wide door, or deciphering the perfect ramp length for a graceful incline, these measurements serve as your guide to enhancing mobility and convenience.

Choosing the right threshold ramp is not just about meeting functional requirements; it’s about unlocking a world of independence and ensuring that every entrance welcomes everyone with open arms. That’s why HandiRamp is at your disposal throughout the entire measuring, selecting, and buying process. If you have any questions about measuring your entryway or want assistance with selecting the ideal threshold ramp for your entryway, give our friendly ramp experts a call at 800-876-7267! Someone from our team will be happy to speak with you and assist in making your home safer and more accessible. 

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