Grab Bars / August 5, 2018 / MillicentChaloux
What can you do to have style function and safety in your bathroom without breaking the bank or a hip? One solution can be choosing decorative grab bars or increased safety bathroom accessories. Heres 5 steps to guide you through this process. Step 1 - Identify the features and benefits you need - Since these bars and accessories come in many sizes shapes and styles youll want to identify what features and benefits are most important to you. Some items to consider are: Choosing an ergonomic universal design- curved and rounded designs are easier to grip than straight designs. Also a research study done by the University of Buffalo determined a wave or curved designed bar was more ergonomic than a straight bar due to the angle of a bar when a person gripped the bar.
These are designed to hold a considerable amount of weight. It is usually installed on the walls of the restroom or other places around the house according to individual comforts. But it is important to fix it in such a way that it seldom rotates in its fittings. It is round and wide and can be gripped easily. Grab bars are made of different types of materials and it often includes a brushed surface so that it is easy to grip. It is generally installed at a comfortable height so that it can be used by people on wheelchairs and walkers. It proves to be greatly useful for people using wheelchairs as they can use the restroom facilities independently.
This is an option to consider when necessary but the best way at all possible is use the studs as first choice. Many bars are installed at an angle to match up with the studs in addition to horizontal and vertical and still will allow versatility for the user. If you are in a remodel situation and have removed the old tub or shower and have the walls open then that would be the time to put in pre-placed 2x6 or 8 blocking between studs for exact placement of bars later just a little planning ahead for placement will make for proper safe installation when finishing the project. Just be sure to write down measurements in order to locate the blocks later for easier installation. So many repair and specialty items are now available to us than used to be with a little direction and the right tools you can also do this job yourself.