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How can I make my house more wheelchair-accessible?

There are a number of things you can do to make your house more accessible. The standard wheelchair needs a minimum of 5 feet (60′′ × 60′′) to turn around. Actually, a space longer than wider (63′′ × 56′′ is often preferable, especially in the kitchen and bathroom). This holds true for walkers too. For a wheelchair or a person on a walker to get through without scraping knuckles, doorways need to be a minimum of 32 inches, but preferably 36 inches wide. You need the turning radius of your wheelchair, plus 18 to 24 inches of clearance on the side of the door that opens (so that you can get around it).

The average person can reach a maximum of 48 inches to the front and 54 inches to the side, no higher than 52 to 60 inches, and no lower than 9 inches on the side or 12 inches in front. Countertops should be 27 to 32 inches high depending on work to be done there. Note: If you are taller, your range of reach will be more, if you are shorter, your range of reach will be less. Adjust accordingly.
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