Broda wheelchairs are built to order, so you must take the right measurements to find your size! Before ordering a Broda wheelchair for yourself, a patient, or a loved one, you will want to complete what is called a seating assessment, which includes sizing and measurements. We recommend that a clinician or a licensed Assistive Technology Professional take these measurements to be sure that the wheelchair fits appropriately.
In order to find the best size, we must measure:
- The person who will use the wheelchair
- The user’s environment (e.g., doorways, bathrooms, etc.)
The right fit can make all the difference in comfort and effectiveness of the Broda wheelchair. To ensure a great fit, Use our seating assessment to guide you through the measurement process. All you’ll need is a computer, phone, or tablet and a tape measure.
Take the following measurements to find your size:
- Shoulder Width — Measure the patient at the widest point of the shoulders.
- Back Height — Measure from the seating surface to the top of the head.
- Back Length — Measure from the seating surface to the base of the neck.
- Seat Width — While sitting on a firm surface, measure the width of the hips/thighs at the widest point. Add 1”-2” to this measurement for a comfortable seat width.
- Width at Knee — Measure across the widest point of the knees.
- Seat Depth — Measure from the posterior (back) of the buttocks to the popliteal (underside of the knee).
- Seat Height — If the person utilizes a cushion when in the chair, complete measurements with the cushion in the chair to obtain proper measurements. With feet flat on the floor & knees bent at 90°, measure from the floor to the underside of the knee and add 1”- 2” inches to allow for clearance of the footrest.
- Armrest Length — With the shoulder in a neutral position, measure from the 90-degree angle at the elbow to the fingertips.
You should also consider:
- Doorway widths
- Flooring types
- Bathroom size
- Vehicle Transportation
In addition to finding your wheelchair size, a seating assessment considers the wheelchair user’s posture, skin integrity, and strength, coordination, and motor function.
To learn more about seating measurement, visit our seating assessment guide.