Bathroom safety bars (also known as grab bars), are handles installed in the bathroom at key points. They help with stability and leverage, allowing you to more easily navigate one of the most dangerous rooms in the house – the bathroom! 

Why is the bathroom one of the most dangerous rooms in the house? Because of all the wet surfaces. When a surface becomes wet, it gets slippery and this can lead to tripping and falling. In areas like the shower and tub, the walls also become slick. Grab bars give you a place onto which you can securely hold.

How do You Choose the Right Grab Bar?

Grab bars come in a variety of sizes, materials, colors and finishes. They can range widely in price and can feature different textured surfaces. To peruse a variety of them in person, you can visit a home goods store.

Some things to keep in mind when selecting a grab bar include:

  • How obvious do you want it to be? Some grab bars are more obvious than others. If you want something that’s more discrete, look for a grab bar that matches or compliments your shower walls. This will help it blend into the surroundings.
  • What material is the other hardware in your bathroom? If you aren’t going to match your grab bar to the walls, you may want to match it to the other fixtures in your bathroom. This will help create a cohesive look.
  • How much does it need to hold? One of the biggest things when it comes to grab bars is making sure they are sturdy enough to get the job done. Grab bars typically range from 1¼-inch to 1½-inch in diameter. Spend some time grabbing one and seeing if it has enough oomph to hold you up.

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