LESLIE: Bill in California needs some help with a flooring situation. What can we do for you today?
Flooring Choices for Wheelchair-Bound
BILL: Hi. I’m in a wheelchair, electric wheelchair, and I am constantly twisting and turning and going back and forth getting up from my desk. And I’ve tried all types of different rugs and everything and I keep wearing them out. And I’m wondering what I’m doing wrong or what type can I put in there or what should I do.
TOM: Well, carpet is not your best choice for …
LESLIE: Especially one with a pile, of sorts.
LESLIE: You probably want something that’s like a super-tight nap, rather than a pile, to get over more easily.
TOM: And even if you did have that, I think it’s really going to be – not stand up well to the punishment of that wheelchair. What we would recommend is a hard surface. I mean if you use something like a laminate floor or an engineered hardwood with a very, very durable finish, I don’t think you’ll ever wear it out and it’ll be very, very easy to maneuver.
LESLIE: And smooth.
TOM: And there’s so many advances in that type of hard surface flooring, Bill, that it really can look quite attractive. I mean you can get laminate floor that looks just like hardwood.
If you want to have some carpets, just use some throw rugs; some area rugs that you can replace from time to time but I would not recommend wall-to-wall carpet.
BILL: That sounds like a good idea.
TOM: Bill, good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.