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Which bathtub grab bars do I need and where should I place them? (Quantity, Shape, Length, Wall Location, and Placement Height).

Which shower grab bars do I need and where should I place them to be? (Quantity, Shape, Length, Wall Location, and Placement Height). ADA Compliance Guide.


The following guide is for ensuring shower grab bar ADA Compliance outlined in the universal standards set for public housing and public facilities. If you are installing shower grab bars in a residential / non-commercial environment (such as a private residence / home), please read our Residential Shower Grab Bar Placement Guide, as your installation does not need to be ADA Compliant.


For basic slip prevention in a shower, at a minimum, we recommend two (2) shower grab bars in the following shower wall locations:

  1. Entry Grab Bar
  2. Side Wall Grab Bar

For advanced slip prevention in a shower, we recommend four (4) shower grab bars in the following shower wall locations:

  1. Entry Grab Bar
  2. Side Wall Grab Bar
  3. Front Wall Grab Bar
  4. Back Wall Grab Bar

To learn more about each type of shower grab bar placement, continue reading below:


 

Which toilet grab bars do I need and where should I place them to be? (Quantity, Shape, Length, Wall Location, and Placement Height).


This is a guide for commercial toilet grab bar placement (such as in a public facility), where grab bar placement must abide by strict ADA / Handicap placement guidelines.

For residential toilet grab bar placement (such as in a private home / residence) where placement is at the discretion of the user, please read our Toilet Grab Bar Placement Guide.


 

Which toilet grab bars do I need and where should I place them? (Quantity, Shape, Length, Wall Location, and Placement Height).


This is a guide for residential toilet grab bar placement (such as in a private home / residence), where grab bar placement is completely up to the discretion of the user.

For commercial toilet grab bar placement (such as in a public facility) that must abide by Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) placement guidelines, please read our ADA Toilet Grab Bar Placement Guide.


The three most common toilet layouts are as followed:

  1. Toilet with one side wall (in corner layout).
  2. Toilet with two side walls (between walls layout).
  3. Toilet with no side walls (freestanding layout).

Continue reading to find your grab bar placement recommendations based on your specific toilet layout from above:


 

#1 Toilet With One Side Wall (In Corner Layout):

Which bar shape, length, and quantity do I need?

 

Grab Bar Position #1 (Side Wall)

 

Grab Bar Position #2 (Side Wall)

 

Grab Bar Position #3 (Free Standing / Side With No Wall)

 

Other Notes:

Alternatively you can install the following grab bar shapes on the wall side in substitution for grab bar position #1 and position #2:

 

#2 Toilet with Two Side Walls (Between Walls Layout):

Which bar shape, length, and quantity do I need?

 

Grab Bar Position #1 (Side Wall)

 

Grab Bar Position #2 (Side Wall)

 

Other Notes:

Alternatively you can:

 

#3 Toilet with No Side Walls (Free Standing Layout):

Which bar shape, length, and quantity do I need?

 

Grab Bar Position #1 (Free Standing / Side With No Wall)

 

Other Notes:

 


When considering toilet grab bar placement, if possible, we recommend a few simulations with the person who will be using the grab bars. Have the person approach the toilet, sit on the toilet, and lift themselves off of the toilet. You will want to test to see what angle to position the grab bars at, and where to vertically and horizontally place the bars. This full toilet simulation will help you notice exactly where grab bars should be placed to provide the most assistance to the individual. Toilet grab bar placement ultimately comes down to the user’s preference for hand grip location and the proximity to and length of the mounting walls (or lack of mounting walls).

For additional toilet grab bar shapes, we recommend exploring our complete line of toilet grab bars.

You may also want to explore our bathtub grab bars to see if any are applicable to your toilet layout.

Which bathtub grab bars do I need and where should I place them? (Quantity, Shape, Length, Wall Location, and Placement Height).


This is a guide for residential bathtub grab bar placement (such as in a private home / residence), where grab bar placement is completely up to the discretion of the user.

For commercial bathtub grab bar placement (such as in a public facility) that must abide by Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) placement guidelines, please read our ADA Bathtub Grab Bar Placement Guide.


 

For basic slip prevention in a bathtub, at a minimum, we recommend two (2) bathtub grab bars in the following tub wall locations:

  1. Entry Grab Bar
  2. Side Wall Grab Bar (Bottom Level)

For advanced slip prevention in a bathtub, we recommend four (4) bathtub grab bars in the following tub wall locations:

  1. Entry Grab Bar
  2. Side Wall Grab Bar (Bottom Level)
  3. Side Wall Grab Bar (Top Level)
  4. Front Wall Grab Bar

To learn more about where we recommend placing each bathtub grab bar, continue reading below:


#1 Entry Grab Bar:

Why is it important?

Which bar shape, length, and quantity do I need?

Where should I place and install the entry grab bar?

Any other recommendations?

 

#2 Side Wall Grab Bar (Bottom Level):

Why is it important?

Which bar shape, length, and quantity do I need?

Where should I place and install the side wall grab bar?

Any other recommendations?


For basic slip prevention in a bathtub, you can stop reading. If you would like to achieve advanced slip protection in a bathtub, continue reading for the next two grab bar bath wall locations.


 

#3 Side Wall Grab Bar (Top Level):

Why is it important?

Which bar shape, length, and quantity do I need?

Where should I place and install the side wall grab bar?

Any other recommendations?

 

#4 Front Wall Grab Bar (Side of Handles/Spout):

Why is it important?

Which bar shape, length, and quantity do I need?

Where should I place and install it?

Any other recommendations?


When considering bathtub grab bar placement, if possible, we recommend a few simulations with the person who will be using the grab bars. Have the person step into and out of the bathtub (over the bath wall lip), have the person sit down into the bathtub (or onto the bath seat). This full bathing simulation will help you notice exactly where grab bars should be placed to provide the most assistance to the individual. Bathtub grab bar placement ultimately comes down to the user’s preference for hand grip location, the length of the bath, and the number of surrounding support walls.

For additional grab bar shapes, we recommend exploring our complete line of bathtub grab bars.

If you have a shower & bathtub combination setup, we recommend you also explore our shower grab bars.

A peened grab bar is a grab bar that has a textured gripping surface that provides additional surface grip. Peened grab bars are especially helpful if the grab bar is going to be installed in an area that may be wet or if the user’s hands may be wet, such as a shower or bathtub.

The peened surface feels a bit more rough and textured than a standard smooth surface grab bar.

People generally refer to peened grab bars as non-slip grab bars, anti-slip grab bars, safety grab bars, and slip resistant grab bars.

Peened non-slip grab bar

Are peened grab bars ADA compliant?

Peened grip grab bars are ADA compliant. The textured finish actually does not affect ADA compliancy. However, some local ADA laws may actually require peened grip surfaces in public commercial bathrooms.

Are peened grab bars best for showers and bathtubs?

Yes, peened grab bar grips are created specifically for shower grab bar and bathtub grab bar applications, whereby the grips are generally grabbed with a wet hand.

What does peened finish mean?

During the grab bar fabrication process, the peening process often consists of sand-blasting a large portion of the surface of the stainless steel tubing. This sand blasting significantly enhances the gripping surface of the grab bar by increasing friction and reducing slippage.

No, we do not offer Moen grab bars. We manufacture our own grab bars, however, we carry identical products.