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sandhurst
Protecting walls from wheelchair damage without looking like a hotel

My husband uses an electric wheelchair and has damaged some of our walls by not taking care on his turns. I would like to put something on the lower part of the walls that is indestructible while blending into our decor. We have one particular spot that is the entrance to our kitchen (about 18 inch deep passageway).The skim coat seems to be scracthed off down to the wire mesh beneath it. Is there a material that could be used other than a plexiglass panel? Could a piece of formica work? All suggestions, other than getting rid of the husband, are welcomed.

TOHFan
Re: Protecting walls from wheelchair damage without looking...

Formica (laminate) is prone to chips and scratches. Have you considered attaching rubber bumpers or foam pads to the wheel chair at the spots that hit the wall? The bumpers need to be non-marking. If the foot rests are most likely to hit the wall, you could attach wood molding/trim to the wall at that height. You may need the bumpers plus something on the wall for more effectiveness.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Protecting walls from wheelchair damage without looking...

Having been through this with my SIL, not sure if anything short of steel plate would work.

 

Jack

sandhurst
Re: Protecting walls from wheelchair damage without looking...
TOHFan wrote:

Formica (laminate) is prone to chips and scratches. Have you considered attaching rubber bumpers or foam pads to the wheel chair at the spots that hit the wall? The bumpers need to be non-marking. If the foot rests are most likely to hit the wall, you could attach wood molding/trim to the wall at that height. You may need the bumpers plus something on the wall for more effectiveness.

Thanks, unfortunately the casters don't really have a place to attach something without impeding the wheels. The foot rests do hit the wall, everything hits the wall! I was hoping to find somethign that doesn' require contant repainting and spackling.

 

sandhurst
Re: Protecting walls from wheelchair damage without looking...
JLMCDANIEL wrote:

Having been through this with my SIL, not sure if anything short of steel plate would work.

 

Jack

 

Bummer, keep me in mind if you come up with a genius idea. To quoute a friend, " if they can put a man on the moon, why can't we solve this itty-bitty problem?"

BATHROOMS

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Protecting walls from wheelchair damage without looking...

There are metal wall panels you could use to make wainscoating, not sure of yourr decore. Even Homedepot carries a few https://www.homedepot.com/b/Lumber-Composites-Paneling/Metallic/N-5yc1vZ...

You  can do an oline search for more metal wall panels.

Jack

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