Grab Rails / July 22, 2018 / Daria Lori
Who really wants their shower or bathroom to look like a hospital room or somebodys grandmother lives there? There in lies the challenge with choosing a grab bar for a shower or bathroom project in a residential home. The first places these types of safety handrails were used were in institutional settings (hospitals schools etc.) where function and security were all that mattered. These original bars did not need to win any style points. This situation no longer exists. Fortunately people are living longer and they want to stay and enjoy their homes - but unfortunately most existing shower and bath spaces dont function well if a persons mobility is not what it used to be.
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.
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.