If you or a loved one uses a wheelchair or walker to get around, you’ll want to pick home flooring that is slip-resistant and level enough not to affect balance. The salespeople at our home flooring store will be able to work with you to choose disability friendly flooring for wheelchairs and walkers so it’ll be safe and easy to move around your home.
In general, you’ll want to pick a floor that is:
- Durable to wheelchair or walker use
- Low maintenance
- Slip resistant
- Smooth and level
- Not highly polished
- Able to smoothly transition to adjacent rooms
In this blog post, we explain what home flooring is best for people who use wheelchairs and walkers. For more information, we recommend contacting a home flooring supply store near you.
While hardwood floors are low maintenance, they will show signs of wear from wheelchair or walker use. For this reason, we recommend choosing a wood species that ranks high on the Janka hardness test like Hard Maple, White Ash, or Pine. The higher the Janka hardness rating, the more durable your hardwood floors will be against wear damage caused by wheelchairs, walkers, and heavy foot traffic.
If you decide to hardwood flooring can also be a tripping hazard or make it difficult to maneuver a wheelchair., choose a matt finish. Highly polished hardwood floors can be slippery and create the risk of falling. Rugs placed over
Luxury vinyl flooring is durable, resistant to stains, and allows you to mimic the look of more expensive floor materials like hardwood or tile. provides a smooth and level surface which makes it easier for people to get around with wheelchairs or walkers. While the surface is smooth, it isn’t slippery like highly polished hardwood floors.
Slip Resistant Tile Flooring
Since it’s not uncommon for water to splash on, it’s important you pick a flooring material that is slip-resistant and safe for people with limited mobility. When choosing tile , we recommend tile no larger than 2” by 2”.
This is because small tiles provide better friction than large tiles for people who use wheelchairs or struggle with balance. Have a salesperson help you choose tiles with a high slip resistance rating (called coefficient of friction). Tile is extremely durable and will hold up well to wheelchair use.
Low Pile Carpeting
Carpeting is a cozy choice for bedrooms and living rooms. However, you’ll want to make sure you pick wheelchair-friendly carpet. For example, commercial carpeting is known for its durability and stain resistance. We also recommend choosing low pile carpeting (1/4” is best). Thick carpet makes it difficult for people to maneuver wheelchairs and walkers or transition between rooms.
Keep in mind that carpet is more high maintenance than other types of flooring and will require regular vacuuming to keep in good shape. If this is an issue, we recommend picking low maintenance flooring like vinyl.
The salespeople at Carpet Bonanza are dedicated to helping you pick the right home flooring that will be both safe and fashionable. In addition to our extensive inventory of flooring options, we are also able to remove your old flooring and move your furniture before installation. If you are interested in browsing through different flooring supply store, call us at (616) 396-2765.at our