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  • How to Install Grab Bars in the Bathroom



    Q. Where should grab bars be installed?



    A. This information has been compiled from the 2010 ADA Standards . These standards detail the number of grab bars needed and the correct placement in your bathroom.

    Water Closet

    Side Wall: The side wall grab bar must be at least 42 inches long, located no more than 12 inches from the rear wall and extend at least 54 inches from the rear wall.

    Toilet Side Wall Grab Bar

    Rear Wall: The rear wall grab bar must be at least 36 inches long. It must extend 12 inches from the centerline of the water closet on one side and at least 24 inches on the other side.

    Toilet Rear Wall Grab Bar



    Bathtub with Permanent Seat

    Back Wall: Two grab bars must be installed on the back wall, one 33 to 36 inches above the floor measured to the top of the gripping surface and the other between 8 and 10 inches above the rim of the tub. Each grab bar must be installed no more than 15 inches from the head end wall and 12 inches maximum from the control end wall.

    Control End Wall: A grab bar at least 24 inches long must be installed on the control end wall at the front edge of the bathtub. Tub With Permanent Seat Grab Bar



    Bathtub with No Permanent Seat

    Back Wall: Two grab bars must be installed on the back wall, one 33 to 36 inches above the floor measured to the top of the gripping surface and the other between 8 and 10 inches above the rim of the tub. Each grab bar must be at least 24 inches long. Each grab bar must be installed no more than 24 inches from the head end wall and 12 inches maximum from the control end wall.

    Control End Wall: A grab bar at least 24 inches long must be installed on the control end wall at the front edge of the bathtub.

    Control Head End Wall: A grab bar at least 12 inches long must be installed on the head end wall at the front edge of the bathtub.

    Tub Without Permanent Seat Grab Bar



    Transfer Type Shower

    Grab bars should be installed across the control wall and back wall to a point 18 inches from the control wall.

    Transfer Shower Grab Bar



    Standard Roll-In Shower

    When there is a seat provided in the shower, grab bars should be on the back wall and the side wall opposite the seat. There should not be grab bars above the seat.

    When there is no seat provide, the grab bars should be installed on three walls. Grab bars should be installed no more than 6 inches from adjacent walls.

    Transfer Shower Grab Bar

    Q. Can grab bars be installed in a fiberglass tub or shower?



    A. Yes. There is mounting hardware specifically designed for fiberglass installations. These must be securely attached to the wall studs using the bolts and brackets provided. It is critical that your installer uses the correct mounting hardware to ensure your safety.




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