What size electric wheelchair do I need? – Active Mobility Ltd

What size electric wheelchair do I need?

The size of your new electric wheelchair is usually determined by what seat size you need.  The seat size is critical for you, so you are comfortable, and the electric wheelchair provides the best possible results for you.

This is a general guide to finding the right seat size for you.

Seat Width

Seat width is determined by measuring the person’s hips from one side to the other, in a straight line.  Then add two inches to this to select a proper wheelchair seat width.

Seat Depth

Seat depth is determined by measuring from the back of the hip to the back of the knee of the person while seated.  Then, subtract one inch from this to choose the correct seat depth.

Seat Height

Seat height is determined by measuring from the back of the knee to the heel.

Back Height

Back height is determined from when the person is seated, then measure the distance from the collarbone down to the seat.  The back height is more dependant on the persons condition and needs for the exact height.


This guide is just a rough guide, and it is always recommend to have a full assessment, so al considerations are taken into account for you and your needs.

Finding the right electric wheelchair for you will have a positive impact on your day to day life.

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Tracy Suther