The safety bars for bathrooms installation is pretty easy, but many people don’t even bother to place them in their bathroom. The main reason for this is to save some money, and it is understandable. Most people prefer to use towel bar instead.
However, the existence of a safety bar, which is also known as grab bar, has some good purposes. Not everyone will be as fit as they are today, and as you get older, you may need extra help to stand up from the toilet seat or getting out of the bathtub. In our personal opinion, installing the grab bar is a smart investment, because it ensures you to get up safely.
Some of the examples of a good safety bar usage are when you are having a sprained ankle, sore knee, or even rheumatoid arthritis. Getting up by grabbing the sides of the tub is risky because it is slippery. In addition, you cannot use the towel bar because they are not made to support human weight. They’re for towel, for god’s sake. There are many reports about people falling in their bathroom due to the inability of the towel bar to support them.
Safety Bars for Bathrooms Installation Types
There are three basic possible ways for you to install the grab bar in your bathroom. We’re going to give you hints on the best possible positioning of each type. For the record, the standard sizes of a safety bar are 12, 14, 16, 18, and 24 inches. Here they go:
- Horizontal installation
The horizontal installation is best if you have a family that often uses shower chair in the bathtub. To get the best idea of the location, it is best to do a simulation with that person. In general, the horizontal safety bar can be installed at the back wall of the bathtub or shower. The grab bar is usually placed at 18 inches from the bathtub topside. If you are not using shower chair, then the standard distance is around 35 inches from the bathtub top. This type of installation is the most popular safety bars for bathrooms installation, because you can use it to as a towel bar too depending on the placement.
- Vertical installation
The standard size of vertical bar is 28-24 inches. The bottom bottom of the grab bar distance from the floor should be around 33 to 39 inches. Although this is not popular, the vertical installation is a great way to assist you to get out from the bathtub.
- Angled installation
Another unorthodox way to install the bar is to place them in an angle. This may be utilized in a small bathroom with little space to spare. The standard distance between the bottom of the bar and the top of the bathtub is 10 inches.
Proper installation is needed so that the safety bar strength can perform splendidly and it can last long. Ask for your plumber advice for the tips. The whole installation process is not complicated; therefore, it is perfect for people who want to install the bar themselves. Just make sure that you ask for the installation direction when you buy the bar.
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