Grab Bars / July 22, 2018 / Daria Lori
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.
This planning will allow you to add decorative safety rails down the road and will maximize the amount of support this bar will provide. Step 3 - Consider the weight capacity required and where youll want additional support- How much do the people weigh who will be using the bathroom/shower space? The weight capacities of these decorative units can range between 250 and 350 pounds. In addition youll want to consider where youll want (either now or in the future) this additional support. If youre looking inside a tub/shower area you can use bath accessories like soap dishes corner shelves around the bath/shower valves and grab bars to add more support.
Outside the wet area you may also want more support from a towel bar holder or your toilet roll holder. Step 4 - Determine what plumbing fixture finishes youll be using - Decorative grab bars are available in many different finishes so youll want to match them up with your other fixtures. Finishes you can choose from include powdered coated white polished brass polished chrome polished nickel oil rubbed bronze wrought iron satin nickel to name just a few. Step 5 - Get help with an eye on universal design expertise - Designing a safe and stylish bathroom is no small feat. Dont just look for a handyman with a hammer - find the people with the highest level of design and construction expertise to help you.