WHAT SIZE GRAB BAR IS BEST FOR THE BATHROOM?
Shower/Toilet Grab Bar
If you’re installing a grab bar on the shower wall or next to the toilet, choose one that’s 24 inches long.
If you’d like to add a second one on the same wall as the shower head, it should be at least 12 inches long.
Before you install your grab bar(s), consider how you will use it. One that’s positioned horizontally will give you the best leverage as you get out of the bathtub or stand up from the toilet. Place it 33 to 36 inches above the floor.
Keep in mind that an angled bar is handy if people of different heights share the bathroom.
The angled grab bar might be easier to install, too, because wall studs are placed 16 inches apart. A 24-inch bar installed at a 45-degree angle will allow you to easily screw the bar into those studs.
Most building codes require that grab bars be secure enough to stay in place even under the pressure of a 250-pound load. That means you have to screw the bars into wall studs. If the wall studs don’t match the length of the bar, then reinforce the wall with plywood, and screw into that.
YOUTUBE | GOOD MORNING ARIZONA
Rosie appears on Good Morning Arizona to talk shower rails/grab bars.