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Doorways can be a difficult area of the home to navigate through, especially for those in wheelchairs or who use walkers. There are some easy ways to ease transitions through doorways in the home, many of which you can install yourself using existing hardware.


Swing-clear or Offset Hinges

Swing-clear hinges, or offset hinges, connect to doors in such a way that the door does not intrude on the doorway when opened. As a result, doorways can be used to their full width (usually about 2” more than a traditional swing hinge), allowing for easier wheelchair or walker access. They can be applied to interior or exterior doors, and come in a variety of finishes to match any existing ones. They use the same hardware, and are attached as regular hinges.

A door with offset hinges
A door with offset hinges

Electronic Door Openers

An electronic door opener is a device that is attached to a swing door, with an accompanying remote. The remote activates the door unit, which in turn opens the door. They can be installed on interior or exterior doors, along with optional security systems and sensors. Also, many public buildings have push-plate operated exterior doors, for easier access by those in wheelchairs, or with limited dexterity.

An electronic door opener
An electronic door opener

Thresholds and Ramps

There are also many different types of thresholds and threshold ramps that can ease the transition through doorways, especially for people in wheelchairs. They range in complexity from beveled threshold plates, to longer, lower-grade ramps, and can be installed in existing doorframes.

A door with an added threshold
A door with an added threshold

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