How to choose  your grab rail?

How to choose your grab rail?

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

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Grab rails are an important safety feature in the bathroom, where 46% of domestic falls tend to occur. Although initially conceived for seniors and people with reduced mobility, a grab rail can be of use for all, in order to avoid any risk of falling.

Important features

  • Material
  • Shape
  • Dimensions
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Where to install the grab rail?


Grab rails are mainly installed in the bathroom, near the bath or in the shower. However, seeing the comfort  and increased safety that they offer, they can be placed in other areas of the house.

High traffic zones can sometimes be equipped with grab bars. They can also be installed near the bed or toilet. In hallways, the grab rail serves as a handrail, and they are also commonly used for stairs or pools.

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What are the different types of grab rails?


There are several types of grab rails. They are generally recognized as the straight rail, the angled rail or the handle rail. Straight and angled rails are used to help people stand up while handle rails are generally meant to facilitate access into something. The installation of each type of grab rail depends on both its location and its intended role. If it's for a shower cabin or to help someone move around, the straight rail is more suitable. The angled rail is most commonly used to for assistance in standing up, ideally fixed in the bathroom or WC at a height of anywhere from 70 and 80 cm.

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What are the main features of a grab rail?



Grab rails are available in several materials:

  • Brass, for a retro style;
  • Metal, modern and sober;
  • Stainless steel, recommended for wet rooms;
  • Aluminum, also of the stainless variety.

Fixings and dimensions

A grab rail's dimensions and fixation points (plugs) differ depending on their use. Some grab rails have 2 to 5 attachment points. These can either use a suction cup or screws (hidden).

Weight limit

The maximum weight limit is an important factor, ranging anywhere from 150 to 190 kg.

Suction rail

Suction rails (for tiled surfaces) are not designed to support weight, but only serve as an additional support.

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More Information

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Guide written by:

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter, 198 guides

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

Redo a roof with wooden beams? Check.Advise Mister everybody in the DIY shop? Check.Redo the bathroom plumbing? Check.Fit together, build the walls, paint a partition, throw my hammer in a rage thinking that it will fix the problem? Check. The DIY motto ? Learning is better than delegating… well, it's also a question about your wallet! The satisfaction? The beer at the end of the job! What do the best have in common? The influence of Gyro Gearloose, Mac Gyver and Carol Smiley depending on your generation, a good dose of curiosity, a average hand-eye coordination and a taste for risks… and if it doesn't work, try again! Advise you? I'll do my best!

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