What Is the Correct Doorway Width for a Wheelchair?


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Doorways need to be a minimum of 32 inches wide and offer a straight-in approach to accommodate most wheelchairs. Narrow entryways and doors that are located in hallways and other cramped spaces should be 36 inches in width to provide sufficient turning space.

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Most doorways provide an opening that is approximately 2 inches narrower then the width of the door. With a direct approach, most common wheelchairs can pass through a 30-inch opening without issue. Due to variations in chair size and entryways that may not provide a straight-in approach, only the person attempting to negotiate a door may be able to determine the exact size and width requirements of a doorway.

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