Best Carpet Choice for Walkers, Power Chairs or Wheel Chairs

Best Carpet Choice for Walkers and Wheelchairs? These can be very damaging to residential-grade carpets installed over pad.

Rubber wheels are very abrasive and tend to roll the carpet in front of the wheels causing the carpet to stretch-out and develop wrinkles quickly.  

Wheelchair on carpet

This can ruin even the highest quality carpets. What is the Best Carpet Choice in this situation?

Thicker is Not Better in this Situation!

Best Carpet Choice for Walkers and Wheelchairs? A thick carpet pile and thick padding are the absolute worst options for anyone who is unstable walking, using a walker, a wheelchair or a power-chair as it increases the chances of tripping and falling.

Thick carpet and padding also make it more difficult to push and maneuver manual wheelchairs and walkers.

Padding or No Padding?

To make it easier to get around easier you might want to install a low-profile carpet no thicker than 1/2″ pile height.

Basically, the shorter the carpet pile the better, and the thinner the pad the better! Sometimes using no padding at all is a wise choice!

Wheelchairs tend to roll more easily over low-pile commercial-grade carpets which are commonly installed in schools, businesses, institutions and retirement homes.

These low-profile styles are often glued down without any pad to increase longevity, clean-ability and reduce costs.

Commercial Grade or Residential Grade?

You might want to consider using a commercial-grade “level loop” or “cut pile” carpet, with either a 1/4″ (10-pound density) padding

Better yet, use no pad underneath at all, just glue the carpet directly to the floor.

It’s not very soft underfoot without a pad, but it is easier to clean, more durable, easier to walk on and easier to push a wheelchair around too.

Commercial Carpet Cost?

The cost for a basic commercial-grade carpet is very reasonable, about $15-20 per yard installed for a simple 20 to 26 ounce carpet, glued down without pad. (level loop or cut pile style)

You can choose a single color or multicolored style. Look for brands like Mohawk or Shaw for the lowest cost.

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Best Carpet for people using a walker, power chair or wheel chair?

Walkers, power-chairs and wheelchairs are very damaging to residential grade carpets installed over pad.

The rubber wheels are very abrasive and tend to roll the carpet in front of the wheels causing the carpet to stretch out and develop wrinkles.  This can quickly ruin even the best-made carpets.

Thick carpet pile and thick padding are the absolute worst for anyone who is unstable walking and it increases the chances of tripping and falling. Thick carpet and padding also make it more difficult to push and maneuver wheelchairs and walkers.

To make it easier to get around you might want to install a low-profile carpet no thicker than 1/2″ pile height. Basically,  the shorter the carpet pile the better and the thinner the pad the better!

Wheelchairs tend to roll very easily over commercial-grade carpets and these are commonly installed in schools, businesses, institutions and retirement homes.

You might want to consider using a commercial-grade “level loop” or “cut pile” carpet, with either a 1/4″ (10-pound density) padding or better yet, use no pad underneath at all, just glue the carpet directly to the floor. It’s not very soft underfoot without a pad but it is easier to clean, more durable, easiest to walk on and easier to push a wheelchair around too.

The cost for a basic commercial-grade carpet is very reasonable, about $12-15 per yard installed for a 20 to 26 ounce (level loop or cut pile style) Single or multicolored, commercial-grade carpet. Look for Mohawk or Shaw brands for the best deals. See who I recommend near you.

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Alan Fletcher

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