This page was created to provide information regarding manual wheelchairs that are designed for adult-sized users. Adult size chairs are commonly designed in a 16”, 18”, or 20” seat width.

There are heavy-duty wheelchairs, which can range up to 30” in seat width, but they are normally not as common as the first 3 sizes noted.

An adult wheelchair can come in a standard or transport version, meaning that the wheels will be somewhere between 8” to 24” in diameter. A standard manual chair will have a rear wheel diameter of 20 to 24”, this type of chair is designed to be propelled by the user sitting in it.

Adult Wheelchair Guide

Other Adult Wheelchairs

The other type of chair, transport wheelchair can have rear wheels that can range from 8” to 14” in diameter. These chairs are designed for being propelled and pushed by a caretaker or a medical assistant.

An adult wheelchair can also refer to a power wheelchair that is assisted by a battery(s) to be able to propel the chair. There is a joystick that is used in order to be able to move the chair around without exerting much energy.


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