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Every home should be built with universal design concepts in mind
Those who read my 50PlusToday online magazine often know I am a passionate advocate for universal design and aging in place. Regarding grab bars, there are many beautiful designs from which to choose that don’t look like the old-fashioned grab bars.
I firmly believe EVERY towel bar should be a grab bar. They are helpful for every single person, regardless of age or ability. Anywhere you have water is a place where you can easily slip and fall.
The problem with suction grab bars
If these safety accessories are built in when the house is newly built or renovated, it’s easy to install them with the necessary support. If you decide to add grab bars later, it’s a bigger deal and the process cam be costly. I see people opting at that point for the suction grab bars at that point to save money. Don’t do it. Suction grab bars have many limitations. For example, they are not approved by the ADA to work as a standard grab bar and are not intended to support the full weight of someone; they are meant only to provide support to help with balance issues. Also, like most items with a suction cup, they lose their grip after some time. Will you remember to test it every single time to make sure it’s still holding? It’s not worth the risk.
Here are some of our favorite grab bars that not only don’t look “clinical”, they actually enhance the beauty of your home.
Decorative Wall Mount Grab Bars:
Most come in a variety of sizes and finishes.
Teakwood or Walnut Wave Grab Bar
This contemporary wave grab bar design is beautifully styled with natural wood accents and helps prevent slips and falls. ADA compliant, this safety hand rail supports up to 400 lbs.
Bathtub and Shower Valve Handrail
This circular grab bar wraps around shower or tub valve for balance and support while standing or standing up. We love the unique design that looks beautiful and promotes safety in the bathroom. Supports up to 400 lbs.
Towel and Robe Hook/Safety Bar
Your bathroom can feel like a spa when you have your towel or robe in the perfect place. The Plus Series Robe Hook allows you to hold on to the fixture for support when grabbing what you need. The curved design provides a comfortable hand grip. Love it! Supports up to 500 lbs.
Gorgeous Antique Style Grab Bar
Safety meets sophistication with this heavy-duty designer grab bar. Antique style and beautifully carved, mount this beauty with concealed screws for a great look. Perfect for those who love traditional decor.
Versatile Graduated Bathroom Grab Bar
Well-made uniquely shaped grab bar assists you when sitting or standing. This safety product provides peace of mind in areas a straight grab bar doesn’t, such as by a jetted bathtub. Looks great and supports up to 250 lbs.
Two-Toned Designer Grab Bar
We love the both price and design of this very stylish and safe grab bar! Super sturdy without looking clinical, this grab bar supports up to 500 lbs.
Contemporary Grab Bar
This contemporary 18 inch decorative grab bar in champagne makes a beautiful addition to your bathroom. The champagne bronze finish is stunning! Supports up to 250 lbs.
Curved Bath Safety Grab Bar with Built-in Shelf
This safe and secure bathroom grab bar supports up to 250 lbs (supports up to 500 lbs when installed using SecureMounts- not included). It’s easy to install and not only provides peace of mind in the shower, but the added shelf comes in handy for soap, shampoo or whatever. The versatile design in chrome works with any decorating style.
Wave Shaped Grab Bar
This unique yet simple wave-shaped decorative grab bar provides multi-level support. It’s functional, safe and on-trend. It’s the perfect solution for a modern bathroom! Supports up to 500 lbs.
This decorative grab bar/towel bar, forged with the finest die-cast zinc and rust-resistant stainless steel, provides quality and strength you can see and feel.
Contemporary Combination Towel and Assist Bar
Fabulous function meets awesome contemporary decor! This streamlined design installs easily and provides support for more than 250 lbs.
Dual Purpose Tissue Holder and Assist Bar
Another unique and contemporary product from Delta! Sleek and beautiful, this 6 inch long tissue holder also functions as assist bar. With a pivoting arm, it extends 4 1/2 inches from the wall. Supports up to 250 lbs.
Multi-Functional Toilet Paper Holder with Heavy Duty Commode Safety Grab Bar and Phone Shelf
Here’s another new multi-function design – Update your toilet paper holder now! Use to store an extra roll of toilet paper easily, which always comes in handy. And the stable shelf has plenty of space to use as a tray for your cell phone, keys, wallet, book, whatever! What a great idea! Supports up to 250 lbs.
Non-Slip Wooden Handrail for Indoor Staircase
This beautiful and exceptionally sturdy pine handrail can be used in the bathroom, but is especially helpful when you need extra support for walking up stairs. Supports up to 300 lbs.
Beautiful grab bars are for everyone.
Grab bars aren’t just safety devices for hospitals and public restrooms. Beautifully designed grab bars blend seamlessly into your design. Strategically placed and solidly anchored grab bars can mean the difference between a relaxing bath and a trip to the emergency room. For all ages.
Do you have others to add to our list? Please leave your suggestions in the comment section below.
Learn more about universal design.
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