What Are Tips for Placing Shower Grab Bars?

What Are Tips for Placing Shower Grab Bars?

What Are Tips for Placing Shower Grab Bars?

Tips for placing shower grab bars include installing a vertical bar on the outside of the enclosure to assist the user as he moves in and out of the fixture. Mount a second bar horizontally, 36 to 38 inches above the floor on the back shower wall.

For greatest security, locate the bars so that they attach directly to a stud behind the wall. If it is not possible to make a stud attachment, use anchors rated for supporting the weight of the bar and the individual who uses it.

In many homes, the bathroom includes a bathtub and shower combination. With this arrangement, place a grab bar at an angle on the back of the tub. At its lowest point, this bar should be 6 to 10 inches above the tub wall. Use a 24-inch bar for studs with a 16-inch spacing to provide the correct angle. The angle allows the user to grab the bar to lower himself into the tub and to raise his body back to a standing position.

Adding a shower chair or stool to the tub makes bathing easier for users with mobility problems. For use with a shower chair, locate the bar about 18 inches above the tub wall.