How can I change my doorways to accommodate a wheelchair?

You will need a minimum of 32 inches of clearance to get the average wheelchair through a doorway. To make your home doorways more wheelchair accessible:
  • Cut out the doorjamb molding starting from the floor and going up 3 to 4 feet. Removing this portion of the doorjamb will add an extra one and a half inches clearance for the wheelchair to get through and still allow the door to function normally.
  • For a temporary solution, you may simply remove the molding altogether, understanding that the door will not latch or have the stop guard that the molding provides.
  • Another option is to install offset hinges that allow the door to swing out and away from the doorway opening, increasing the door opening 2 to 3 inches. For a source of offset hinges, speak to a hospital occupational or physical therapist.
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