### Determining the Height and Length For Your Custom Built Ramp

Get a pen, paper and measuring tape.

**Write down** the following as you figure them out:

**HEIGHT**

**LENGTH**

There are two lengths to consider: the ramp by itself, OR both the ramp and an added platform.

**The Ramp**

**steepness**of the ramp is the length along the base of the triangle divided by the height of the triangle (slope = base length/height).

**gentle**slope possible.

**The Platform**

**level**area that the dog steps onto when coming off the bed.

**square**, with a length and width that

**match**the width of the ramp.

### Dog Ramps for Beds: Things to Consider

Remember to calculate the base length of the ramp + the platform length to arrive at the final length for your indoor dog ramp. **Make sure you have room** for a ramp this size!

If you do not have room, another option is to do a **combination** of ramp and steps, also known as a dog step ramp.

You **keep** the slope of the ramp, but at 10 or 12-inch **intervals**, use a 2 to 3-inch **vertical** step up. We suggest you **draw** this on a piece of paper to see how much shorter the ramp can be made.

You can also consider making a ramp with a 90-degree or 180-degree **turn** in it.

If your space is very **narrow**, have a look at our mini doggie steps.

### Slope Angle :

*General Advice Warning: The information contained on this website and Ramp Calculator is general in nature and does not take into account your personal situation. You should consider whether the information is appropriate to your needs, and where appropriate, seek professional advice.*

## FAQ

**What angle should a dog ramp be?**

**18 to 25 degrees**. A toy or small dog will need 18-20 degrees and a medium size dog 22-25 degrees.

**How steep of a ramp can a dog climb?**

**18 to 25 degrees**. Small dog breeds need an incline angle of 18 to 20 degrees. Medium size dog breeds need an incline angle of 22 to 25 degrees.

**How do you calculate slope percentage for a ramp?**

**How do you calculate the slope of a ramp?**

- slope[ratio] = rise : run.
- slope[angle] = arctan(rise/run)
- slope[%] = 100% * rise/run = 100% * tan(angle)