Tired of boring mobility devices? We’ve got the ultimate guide to wheelchair accessories to make life easier while transforming you into a style icon.
When you hear the word wheelchair, what are the first images that come to mind? If you’re like many people, you probably imagine one of those old hospital wheelchairs that seems to fit everyone and no one at the same time. Metal. Bulky. Ugly. Depressing.
Mobility aids have come a long way in the past 20 years, and it’s much easier to find rollators in bright colors and canes with beautiful patterns on them. However, there are still far too many unattractive mobility devices being made and pushed on people who are already in shock as they newly come to terms with having a life-changing disability. It doesn’t have to be that way. Wheelchairs can be fashionable, and style icons like Jillian Mercado, Aaron Rose Philip, and Lauren “Lolo” Spencer prove it.
Whether you are new to life in a wheelchair or just want to give your mobility device a makeover, these stylish and useful wheelchair accessories are the perfect way to pimp your ride.
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Wheelchair Accessories – Bags and Backpacks
Wheelchair Armrest Bag
If your wheelchair has armrests, they’re an ideal location to attach bags and other handy accessories within easy reach. You can opt for black or another solid color, or choose a lively pattern that reflects your personality.
Wheelchair Phone Pouch
These smaller bags can hold your mobile phone, keys, remote control, or other small items.
Wheelchair Phone Mount
This device attaches to the tracks on Permobil and other power wheelchairs so you can position your mobile phone or tablet for easy visibility and use.
Under Wheelchair Bag
These bags attach behind a wheelchair user’s legs or under the seat of a manual wheelchair. This is an underutilized area that can potentially hold a lot of stuff, depending on your wheelchair’s configuration.
Under Seat Cargo Bag for Manual Wheelchairs
If you’re a manual wheelchair user who is out and about all day and you need to carry a ton of stuff, this is the wheelchair accessory you need!
Handlebar Bag for Mobility Scooters
If you use a mobility scooter, the front handlebars are an ideal location to attach a bag.
Mobility Scooter Basket
Most personal mobility scooters don’t come with the giant baskets you see on the ones at the grocery store. But you can fix that with one of these handy scooter accessories — or choose a custom woven basket in your favorite colors.
These wheelchair backpacks are designed to attach to the push handles and may fit on your chair better than a regular backpack.
Wheelchair Accessories – Cup Holder
Hold my beer! These cup holders will keep your beverage of choice securely attached to your wheelchair while you f*** around and find out.
Manual Wheelchair Cup Holder
Silicone Cup Holder for Wheelchairs and Scooters
Power Wheelchair Cup Holder
This cup holder attaches to a Permobil or any electric wheelchair with a track system under the armrest.
Wheelchair Accessories – Seating
Most wheelchair seats and backs are plain black by default. Boring! Upgrade your ride with a new back or seat cover in an endless choice of colors and patterns.
Wheelchair Back and Seat Cushion Covers
Wheelchair Accessories – Lighting and Visibility
EL Wire Lights with Battery Power
These wire lights can be easily wrapped around your wheelchair or walker frame for night visibility or style!
Stick-On Battery Lights with Remote
Improve your mobility device’s nighttime visibility with these battery-powered lights that can stick on any surface. Choose any solid color or be a rolling dance party with the color change settings.
Crutch, Cane, or Wheelchair Light
This light attaches to any type of tubing on your mobility device.
Bright Clip-On Light
This large light is ideal for wheelchair users who are out late at night and need to illuminate a large area in front of them or cross streets in the dark. Everyone will see you, that’s for sure!
Reflective decals for cars and motorcycles make great wheelchair accessories too. They improve your safety at night and come in a variety of designs from funny to cute to total badass.
Wheelchair Accessories – Heating and Cooling
Many wheelchair users have difficulty regulating our temperature due to circulation and autonomic dysfunction. If you’re always hot or always cold (or both) these useful wheelchair accessories can help you stay comfortable in all kinds of weather.
USB Heating Pads and Battery
Stay warm on the go with a USB-powered heated blanket or inserts you can place behind your back. Most modern power wheelchairs have a USB port, but if yours doesn’t or if you use a manual wheelchair, you’ll need a larger battery pack to run a heated device for more than a few hours.
Keep cool on hot summer days with a portable fan. A bendy tripod fan can wrap around any convenient part of your mobility device and is easy to adjust to whatever angle you need.
Portable Cooling Packs
These flexible cooling packs can slide behind your back or lie over your lap so the heat doesn’t hold you back.
Wheelchair Accessories – Decor and Style
Dress up your boring mobility device with these wheelchair accessories and make it uniquely yours.
Manual Wheelchair Frame Covers
Upgrade your manual wheelchair style and add some comfortable padding by your legs with these frame covers.
Crochet Wheel Covers for Manual Chairs
These wheel covers for manual wheelchairs are so beautiful! I’m not sure how they would hold up in rain or snow, but they are gorgeous for a special occasion or if you live in a place with mild weather.
Don’t Touch Wheelchair Push Handle Covers with Spikes
Many manual wheelchair users struggle to deal with well-meaning people who try to push their wheelchairs without consent. You can send a strong message to would-be do-gooders with these push handle covers… Especially the spiked ones!
Power Wheelchair Accessories – Joystick Mods
Make your power wheelchair joystick more fashionable and functional with these handy accessories.
Permobil Switch Extenders
The on/off and speed switches on Permobil joysticks can be very difficult to operate. These switch extenders help a lot!
Replacement Joystick Ball for Power Wheelchair
Sick of the same old boring joystick ball or that uncomfortable stick so many power wheelchairs use nowadays? Upgrade your driving experience with one of these unique 3D-printed replacements. Granted Engineering has many more options so you can find just the right one to suit your needs and style.
T-Shaped Joystick Adapter for Power Wheelchairs
If your limited hand function makes using a standard joystick difficult, these adapters can help, and they come in fun colors, too!
Wheelchair Accessories – Stickers
A sticker (or many) can be the wheelchair accessory you need to add that finishing touch that says, “This is me!”
What are the best wheelchair accessories you have found?
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