Grab Bar Installation Types

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Grab Bar Installation Types 2021-09-22T22:00:40-04:00

Grab Bar Installation

Installing grab bars in your bathroom can improve safety for everyone, especially individuals with poor balance or limited mobility. The slick materials and wet environment common in bathrooms make them particularly tough to navigate, so a little help from a secure and well-placed grab bar can go a long way. We do not provide service to install them but here are some video on how to do it. 


This video show how to install a Grab bar on wall with Heavy Duty Anchors. 

Below is the Grab bar mounting kit you can use when you cannot find the stud.

This Video shows how to drill into Marble, ceramic, tile to mount your grab bar.

Using the condomounts 200lbs Tile mounting kit


Mount Your Grab Bar with Elephant Anchor Toggle Bolts – Heavy Duty DryWall Anchors

An installed wall anchor.

The grab bar directions call for three screws per flange, which works fine for mounting on studs. But drilling that many 1/2-in holes in plain drywall can weaken the wall enough for the mounting area to break off. Instead, use two heavy-duty toggle-bolt anchors placed in the upper half of the flange with the metal channels positioned vertically. You can use three anchors per flange in tile over drywall and in plaster walls—particularly plaster over lath—because both are stronger than plain drywall.


Know Before You Shop for Grab Bars

  • Tile might seem fragile, but it’ll seem like an impenetrable barrier to standard twist drill bits, which will crack your tile. Instead, use a 1/4-in glass / tile drill bit for mounting bars over studs or a 1/2-in glass/tile drill bit for installations using special wall anchors. (Odds are you’ll need both.)
  • Avoid mounting grab bars on acrylic tub and shower surrounds that stand out from the drywall underneath. These walls bend and flex.
  • If someone in the family lacks grip strength, choose smaller-diameter bars. Then decide whether the bar finish can be a glossy piece of bathroom bling or if it needs to be textured for better grip by wet hands.
  • Some grab bars are specifically made to mount vertically, horizontally, or in either position. (There’s no “right” mounting, so choose what works for you.) Check the package to be sure the model you want works in the position you want.

Grab bars come is all sizes and there are anti-slip grab bars. 

Grab bars are commonly placed in and near showers and by toilets, where falls are most likely to happen. For the most security, safety bars should be fastened directly to wall studs with appropriate screws. If the layout of your bathroom doesn’t allow for ideal placement over studs, an experienced pro can add proper support with the installation of wall anchors or blocking added to the framing of the wall.
Ensure your grab bars are installed securely and perform as expected when it matters the most.



Choose a Grab bar you like

How much does grab bar installation cost?

Grab bar installation costs vary depending on how many pieces need to be installed, whether modifications are needed to provide adequate support, and your location. A simple installation of one or two bars where studs are available for mounting can usually be done for $120-$150. If your installer must add support to the wall, the job could cost $200 or more and span a few days to allow time for repairs to the wall surface. The cost of each grab bar can range from $120-$240, depending on the quality and type of fixture.

Can Grab Bars be installed on any surface?

Grab bars can be installed on most surfaces including tile, fiberglass, stone, drywall, concrete and wood paneling. Proper anchors can should be used according to the surface you are mounting. 

How can a grab bar be installed to provide maximum support? Do we need a stud to mount a grab bar?

To offer the most support, grab bars should be attached directly to the studs inside a wall. Your pro will drill through the wall material and mount the grab bar with appropriate screws or fasteners. In cases where a stud is not located in the ideal position for the placement of the bar, your pro may use an appropriate anchor or open the wall to install blocking, which acts as a substitute for a wall stud. Most grab bars are supplied with mounting hardware and fasteners, but your installer can provide additional materials if needed to modify the site, install the bars, or repair the wall after installation. We have specialized bolts for all situations.

Where to Install Grab Bars

Where to install a grab bar diagram

Try climbing in and out of your tub or shower—minus the water—to get an idea where grab bars should be placed, and mount them where they work best for everyone using that bathroom. Always mount grab bars into a stud that sits behind the wall. Or, if the stud can’t be located, use an anchoring device. Be sure there is adequate room within the hollow area behind the wall so an anchoring device will work. Grab bars can be placed vertically, horizontally or diagonally depending on your needs.

At the entry to the shower or tub

  • To help facilitate entry and exit, install a grab bar vertically in front of the shower or tub. A smaller grab bar (12-in, 16-in, or 18-in) works well for this purpose, although longer ones can accommodate users of various heights. Having a grab bar here helps prevent the tendency to reach for towel bars, sliding glass doors or other unstable fixtures.
  • Vertical grab bars are also good for both shorter and taller people to grip at a comfortable height.

In the shower or tub

  • Horizontal grab bars mounted inside the tub or shower provide added stability, whereas diagonal grab bars provide added stability when lowering to sit on a shower seat.
  • Generally a 16-in grab bar or a grab bar that is a multiple of 16 (16-in, 32-in, or 48-in) works best. In most cases studs are located 16 inches apart on center. Always attach grab bars to studs or use secure mounting anchors the manufacturer recommends.

Near the toilet

  • Installing a grab bar near the toilet can provide great assistance in both sitting or standing. Used in conjunction with a chair height toilet or raised toilet seat and this can further improve comfort and ease of use
  • Generally, a grab bar is installed either horizontally or diagonally near the toilet.
  • A diagonal grab bar is more in tune with the natural movement of the hand and wrist and puts less strain on the wrist. They also offer the ability to grip at varied heights, making them comfortable for both shorter and taller people.
  • When installed diagonally, a grab bar may not reach between studs. If this is the case, it can be mounted with secure mounting anchors used at one or both ends of the grab bar.
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