Working in the industry for 10+ years, we have seen how wheelchairs have revolutionized the lives of so many people, providing freedom and independence to those with mobility challenges. In fact, most of our clients are dependent on their wheelchairs and would not be able to leave their beds without them… however, especially for a lot of our younger clients, using a wheelchair can feel embarrassing, awkward and uncomfortable. This mostly stems from a lot of the stigma that comes with using one, mostly around being different. I mean who hasn’t had a day where they felt self-conscious and just wanted to blend in with everyone else?! Well, people in wheelchairs, they can’t avoid being seen.
With this in mind, wheelchair accessories can become a vital addition that creates ease for someone in a wheelchair. Transforming a functional piece of equipment into a fun, stylish and personalized mobility aid that they no longer feel embarrassed to use.
Wheelchair accessories can have so many benefits, such as adding an extra soft or extra hard cushion to provide comfort to someone sitting in a chair (depending on their preference), adding a wheelchair wheel cover (seen above) that can add personality and a sense of fun for someone using a wheelchair, or adding lights and reflectors to make it more safe whilst using a wheelchair in the night or low-light conditions.
So, what are some different types of wheelchair accessories?
Wheelchair covers are an excellent way to transform the look of your wheelchair while protecting it from dust, scratches, and everyday wear and tear.
Spoke guards are decorative panels that attach to the wheelchair’s wheel spokes. They come in various materials, such as plastic, aluminum, or fabric, and offer endless design possibilities. Spoke guards can be customized with artwork, photographs, or even personalized messages, allowing you to showcase your creativity and individuality.
Wheelchair Wheel Covers
These accessories attach to the wheelchair’s wheels, adding a pop of color and personality. Choose from a range of designs, including funky patterns, themed graphics, or even custom-made covers that reflect your interests or hobbies
Give your wheelchair a stylish makeover by upgrading its upholstery… there’s a wide range of upholstery options available. Additionally, you can opt for materials that are both fashionable and comfortable, ensuring a luxurious seating experience.
Decorative Wheelchair Belts
Wheelchair belts serve a crucial safety function, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be stylish. Look for belts with unique patterns, textures, or bold colors that add a fashionable touch to your wheelchair.
Fashionable Bags and Totes
Look for bags that not only provide ample storage but also complement your personal style. From sleek leather messenger bags to trendy backpacks and chic handbags, there are numerous options to choose from.
Wheelchair Cup Holders
Enjoying a hot beverage or staying hydrated while on the move is made easier with wheelchair cup holders.
Wheelchair Lights and Reflectors
Wheelchair lights and reflectors are essential accessories that enhance visibility and alert others to the presence of a wheelchair user. Attachable LED lights, reflective tape, and spoke reflectors can significantly increase safety by making the wheelchair more visible to pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists.
Wheelchair Umbrellas and Canopies
These accessories attach to the wheelchair’s frame, providing shelter and comfort, allowing individuals to stay dry and cool in unfavorable conditions.
For wheelchair users who rely on manual propulsion, wheelchair gloves are essential. These gloves provide protection and improve grip on the wheelchair’s rims, minimizing the risk of blisters, calluses, and hand fatigue.
These portable or permanent structures allow wheelchair users to navigate steps, curbs, and uneven surfaces with ease. Whether it’s accessing public spaces, vehicles, or private residences, wheelchair ramps ensure greater accessibility and inclusivity, promoting independence and freedom of movement.
Wheelchair Bags and Pouches
These accessories attach to the wheelchair’s frame, offering storage space for items such as wallets, cell phones, keys, water bottles, and even groceries. Wheelchair bags come in various styles, from compact pouches to larger backpacks, ensuring easy access and organization on the go.
Cushions and Backrests
These accessories provide support, pressure relief, and improved posture, reducing the risk of pressure sores and promoting overall well-being. Gel or foam cushions, adjustable backrests, and air-filled options are popular choices, catering to individual needs and preferences.
So, where can I buy wheelchair accessories from?
There are a variety of places you can purchase wheelchair accessories from, depending on what you want to purchase and how creative you want to get! Below are some wheelchair accessory suppliers and some influencers that you can learn from.
The Mobility Store
Influencers (For Inspiration):
The Journey of a brave woman
Cait Ruth Lawrence