Every home should be built with universal design concepts in mind. I have very strong opinions about home safety!
Those who read 50PlusToday 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 old-fashioned grab bars. I firmly believe EVERY towel bar should be a grab bar. Grab bars 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.
Grab Bars Should Be Installed Permanently and Correctly
Installing grab bars correctly involves anchoring them to wall studs or using secure mounting hardware. This requires some knowledge of wall structures and appropriate tools. Professional installation is recommended to ensure that the grab bars are correctly placed and provide reliable and necessary support. Grab bars that are permanently installed can handle significant weight. They are typically made of metal, like stainless steel or brass, which makes them highly durable and long-lasting. Keep in mind that when building or renovating a home, it’s easy to install these safety accessories. If you decide to add grab bars later, it’s a bigger deal and more costly.
The Problem with Suction Grab Bars
I often see people opting for suction grab bars to save on effort and expense. Don’t do it. They have many limitations. For example, suction grab bars are not approved by the ADA to work as standard grab bars and are not intended to support the full weight of an individual. They are meant primarily to provide support to help with balance issues. Also, unlike permanent grab bars, suction grab bars are usually made of plastic or rubber, which are not as robust as metal and can deteriorate over time. Finally, like most items with a suction cup, the cups lose their grip after some time. Will you remember to test it every single time to make sure it’s still holding? It’s just not worth the risk.
Suggestions for Decorative and Beautiful Grab Bars
Here are some of our favorite wall mount grab bars that not only don’t look “clinical”, but also enhance the beauty of your home. 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 handrail supports up to 400 lbs.
Bathtub and Shower Valve Handrail
This circular grab bar wraps around the 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-Tone 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 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
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 an 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 upstairs. 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 other permanent grab bars you would like added to our list? Please leave your suggestions in the comment section below.
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