How to Make a Ramp for Raised Flooring
Learning how to make a ramp for raised flooring can be fairly difficult but with the right tools and set of instructions, there's no reason why it can't be done. Building a ramp can make a raised floor accessible for anyone regardless of their walking ability and whether or not they are using a wheelchair.
Raised flooring systems are commonly found in offices as a way to wire up computer networks easily. However they are becoming increasingly popular in homes because of the number of cables found weaving between the floorboards. More and more homes have networks, surround sound systems and all types of other cables.
A raised floor can either use steps or ramps to get up to the higher levels. However, steps can be very complicated to navigate for anyone who has any form of disability.
Step 1 – Taking Measurements
The first thing you must do is measure the size of the ramp required for your raised floor. Measure both the height, length and width of the ramp. Bear in mind that if you are building this for a disabled person, then you may need to allow enough room for a wheelchair.
The length of the ramp will normally depend on the height required. The higher the raised floor, the longer the ramp needs to be to make the angle small enough to manage.
Step 2 – Marking and Cutting
Take one of the lengths of wood and mark it. Then using the saw, cut through it accurately. Repeat this step with another two pieces. These will become the supports for the length of the ramp.
Now supports need to be cut for the width. Mark the width on the pieces of wood and cut them as before.
Step 3 – Braces
So far you should have the components of a very basic frame. However, you will need to use extra pieces of wood to brace the ramp. These can be fixed on diagonally.
While you are doing this, also think about how you are going to anchor the ramp to the floor.
Step 4 – Assembly
Now you can assemble the components to your ramp. Start by making up the frame by putting one screw in each corner. Once the frame is made, tighten the screws until the frame feels secure but still movable.
Now check that the ramp is square by measuring and comparing the diagonals. If these measurements are vastly different, then you will need to do something to knock the ramp back into square.
Once the ramp is square, drill and screw in another screw in each of the corners so that the frame can’t move anymore. Add the extra supports to the middle of the frame.
Step 5 – Surface
So far you have a frame but not a ramp. To turn it into a ramp, you must add a surface. Add plywood or wooden sheeting to the surface and nail it down. When nailing on the plywood surface, make sure that it doesn't move.
Then you can apply the same floor covering to the ramp as your room. This will make the ramp blend into the decor of your room.
Step 6 - Fitting the Ramp
Once the ramp is completed, it can then be fitted into the room. Fit it against the raised floor so that anybody can easily get onto the higher level.