Important Information About Safety Bars For Bathrooms

Safety bars for bathrooms are very beneficial for you. They are very effective in helping prevent of slips and falls in the bath. Typically, they are the first item most people turn to when looking to improve general stability both around tubs and showers, and near the toilet.

Safety bars are one the most beneficial modifications a home owner can make to improve the safety of their bathroom. If safety bars are properly installed, they can support weights up to 300 lbs.

Safety Bars For Bathroom

Safety Bars for Bathroom

A typical bathroom would benefit from the installation of at least three grab bars: the most critical is one positioned to aide getting into and out of the shower or bath, the second one positioned in the shower or bath to promote stability while bathing and a third installed near the toilet to help aid in raising and lowering oneself from a seated position.

Safety grab bars come in a variety of styles and finishes to accommodate different design aesthetics as style is often an important consideration for individuals who are installing grab bars at home. Bath Grips are designed with suction cups so they are easy to attach, remove, or relocate. They can often be affixed directly to a tub or shower and are similarly used to help individuals get into and out of the bathtub or shower more easily.

Measuring Safety Bars for Bathrooms

A safety bar is measured from the center of one flange (the cover on the left or right side of the grab bar which conceals the screws) to the center of the other flange. The flange covers typically add 3” to the overall length of the grab bar, but this varies by manufacturer and size. Therefore, in a typical case a 16” inch grab bar is actually 19” in overall length.

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Folding Safety Support Grab Bar

Folding Safety Support Grab

How and Where to Install Safety Bars for Bathrooms for Getting Maximum Safety and Support?

Mount safety grab bars into a stud that sits behind the wall. Alternatively, use an anchoring device when a stud cannot be located. Be sure there is adequate room within the hollow area behind the wall so an anchoring device can function adequately. Safety bars can be placed vertically, horizontally or diagonally depending upon a variety of factors.

The first place you can install safety bars is at the entry to the shower or tub. To help facilitate entry and exit, install a grab bar vertically in front of the shower or tub. A smaller grab bar (12”, 16”, or 18”) works well for this purpose, although longer ones can accommodate users of various heights. A grab bar installed properly here prevents the tendency to reach for towel bars or cling to sliding glass doors or other unstable fixtures. The vertically oriented grab bar allows shorter and taller people to grip at a comfortable height.

Bath Tub With Safety Bar

Bath Tub with Safety Bar

The second place to install safety bars is in the shower or tub. Typically, mount a grab bar horizontally inside the tub or shower to provide added stability. Generally a 16” grab bar or a grab bar that is a multiple of 16 (16”, 32”, or 48”) works best. In most cases studs that sit behind a wall are located 16” apart on center. Always attach grab bars to studs (even if it requires deviating from a pure horizontal installation) or use secure mounting anchors the manufacturer recommends. A longer grab bar provides individuals with support both closer to and away from the water stream why taking a shower.  A diagonal grab bar installed in the shower can provide stability when lowering to sit on a shower seat.

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The third best place to install the bars is near the toilet. For those who demonstrate some difficulty in either sitting or standing, installing a grab bar near the toilet can provide great assistance. When used in conjunction with a chair height toilet or raised toilet seat, this can even further improve comfort and ease of use. Generally, a grab bar is installed either horizontally or diagonally near the toilet to facilitate the hand sliding up and down as one lowers onto and off of the seat. A diagonal grab bar is more in tune with natural movement of the hand and wrist and puts less strain on the wrist. Diagonally oriented grab bars offered the ability to grip at varied heights, making them comfortable for both shorter and taller people. When installed diagonally, a grab bar may not reach between studs. If this is the case, it can be mounted with secure mounting anchors used at one or both ends of the grab bar.

Safety Bars For Safe Bathing

Safety Bars for Safe Bathing

The bath can be a place of welcome relaxation and escape, but it can also be slippery and unsafe for everyone. Properly installing safety bars for bathrooms to help prevent the slips and falls so common in this room is something you and your family will appreciate for years to come.