Standard Wheelchair Measurements for Proper Fit

bjtmeyer's version from 2016-09-21 19:04


Question Answer
Seat HeightMeasure from the user's heel to the popliteal fold and add 2 inches to allow clearance of the foot rest.
Avg size is 19.5 to 20.5 inches
Seat DepthMeasure from the user's posterior buttock, along the lateral thigh to the popliteal fold. Subtract 2 inches to avoid pressure from the front edge of the seat against the popliteal space.
Avg size is 16 inches
Seat WidthMeasure widest aspect of the user's butt, hips or thighs and add approx. 2 inches.
Avg size is 18 inches
Back HeightMeasure from the seat of the chair to the floor of the axilla with the user's shoulder flexed to 90 degrees and then subtract approx. 4 inches. This will allow the final back height to be below the inferior angles of the scapulae.
Avg size is 16 to 16.5 inches
Armrest HeightMeasure from the seat of the chair to the olecranon process with the user's elbow flexed to 90 degrees and then add approx 1 inch.
Avg size is 9 inches above the chair seat.

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