DIY Wheelchair Transfer Platform – Final Product! 14


Part 3 of our DIY Wheelchair Transfer Platform build! Click to check out pictures of it completely assembled and in use!

I won’t say this was an easy project, so it was pretty satisfying to be able to say it was done. Check out Part 1 and Part 2 if you missed the building process of this wheelchair transfer platform.

Without further ado, here are lots of pictures of the finished wheelchair transfer platform!!

Wheelchair Transfer Platform

Wheelchair Transfer Platform

Wheelchair Transfer Platform

Wheelchair Transfer Platform

Wheelchair Transfer Platform

Wheelchair Transfer Platform

Leg with bolt where the hinge pivots and pin with wire retainer to lock the legs in either the up or down position.

Wheelchair transfer platform in action!

Wheelchair Transfer Platform

Wheelchair Transfer Platform

Wheelchair Transfer Platform

Wheelchair Transfer Platform

The space between the ramps make it easy for the person pushing the wheelchair to keep walking on the ground without having to walk up the ramp. (In hindsight I might have made the ramps 10″ or 11″ wide instead of 12″ to make this walkway a little wider but it is fine as it is)

Wheelchair Transfer Platform

Wheelchair Transfer Platform

In this picture you can see that the wheelchair is at the same height as the seat in the pickup. This makes it easy to place a transfer board between the wheelchair and seat then grab the handle in the truck and slide right in!

I hope this build helps get some ideas brewing of ways to create solutions to make to make life a little easier for yourself or somebody you know.


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14 thoughts on “DIY Wheelchair Transfer Platform – Final Product!

  • Ed Heery

    Where can I purchase this ramp so I can get my wife into the truck easier. This will help tremendously because I’m a disabled Veteran.

  • Amy

    Hi! I have a customer needing/requesting this exact same type of ramp. I’m an advanced welder and considering making this but was curious if you could give me a ballpark on the overal weight. The customers wife will be assisting him to get into their vehicle and she is tiny whereas he and his chair total 350lbs (she is maybe 100lbs total and will need to pack/store this everywhere they go.)
    Do you think this is doable for her?

    • Paul Post author

      Thanks for the comments Amy. I built this a while ago so I don’t remember exactly on weight. Reducing weight is the reason I made the ramps removable instead of folding.

      This ramp should be able to handle 350lbs. I am not as sure though on a 100lb lady being able to pick it up though. If they go a lot of places in a day it might fatigue her if she is older. If she is young then I wouldn’t be quite as concerned.

      There are a couple of different things I can think of that might make it lighter but would increase the difficulty to build and assembly time.
      1. Make the legs a fixed height (less parts = lighter)
      2. Make it so the legs can be removed instead of just folding
      3. Make it out of a lighter metal like aluminum. Just via a quick Google search aluminum is ~2.5 times lighter than steel.
      4. Make it disassemble into more parts such as building the platform in two halves that connect together (most difficult option)

      Hope this helps, good luck with your project!

  • Mary Lomo

    Was pointed to this article by Spinal Cord Network. Would this be usable for a mobile wheelchair + 130 lb. patient? Or would it have to be
    heavier to take that weight, 445 lb. total chair+patient?

    • Paul Post author

      Thanks for the comment Mary.

      Check out my response earlier to Amy. I think this ramp could probably do 350lbs but 450ish might be pushing it’s capacity. That seems like a heavy wheelchair in your comment, I don’t think I would put a powered wheelchair on this without changing the design to be more heavy duty.

      Hope that helps!

    • Paul Post author

      Hey Steven! Thanks for reaching out. Happy to see what I can do to help. Send me a message using the contact us page with some additional contact info and your general location so I can get back to you.