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Grab bars provide extra leverage, balance, and support for an individual. There are several types of grab bars, each with varying sizes, lengths, finishes, colors, and configurations.

Grab bars are one form of Bathroom Accommodations and are traditionally installed in bathrooms within showers and tubs and around toilets, however they can be installed anywhere throughout the home or building to provide additional support to individuals.

There are a variety of ways grab bars can be mounted. They can be mounted to the wall(traditional) or can be mounted from the wall to the floor, floor to ceiling, or fold down from the wall, depending on the need and wants of the individual. Grab bars should be securely mounted to the stud of a wall or wooden backing of a wall, however if this is an impossibility, there are other mounting options (i.e. wall anchors and other such devices).

Grab bars measure in length from 1.25” to 1.50” in diameter and range from 12”- 48” in length and can hold a 250 lb. load.

Pricing

Prices range from $15 - $150 depending on length, color, finish, and configuration of the grab bar.

ADA Compliance

In order to comply with the ADA, grab bars must:

1. Be mounted 34" – 38" high.

2. Have a space of 1" - 1.5" inbetween the wall and the handrail.

3. Handrail must be smoothly finished, 1.25- 1.50 inches in diameter, and be securely anchored to the wall.

4. Railing ends should be rounded off, either returning to the wall or terminating at the posts.

External Resources

TSM - http://www.calltsm.com

McGraw-Hill Construction - http://sweets.construction.com/

HEWI - http://www.hewimd.com

Universal Design Alliance - http://www.universaldesignalliance.org/