Grab Bars Guide

Buying Guide

 

Grab Bars


Below you will find Sage Tips Grab bars with "How to Buy" advice and step by step guide to help you make a product selection by the features listed in the left navigation bar.  Helpful links are below on the right.

Straight Grab Bar with Peened Grip

Straight Grab Bar with Peened Grip

Angled Grab Bar with Soap Holder

Angled Grab Bar with Soap Holder

Corner Grab Bar (90 Degrees)

Corner Grab Bar (90 Degrees)

Curved TP Holder GB (Grabcessories 61022)

Curved with Toilet Paper Holder

Straight Grab Bar in White

Straight Plastic Grab Bar

U Shaped Flip up Grab Bar

U Shaped Flip up Grab Bar

All Products

All grab bars in our database have a weight capacity of 250lbs or more. We also have complete measurement data to assist in making a better decision.

In addition, to provide price discovery, all products must have a Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (“MSRP”).

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Integrated Purpose

Integrated purpose grab bars help promote use.  Other uses include soap holder, towel bar and toilet paper holder.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Fall Prevention 

Integrated purpose grab bars can reduce the need to reach in a bathroom.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Multi-Gen

An integrated purpose grab bars can be a less obtrusive when a bathroom will be shared.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Installation

Confirm that an integrated grab bar that is a soap holder or towel bar can be installed according to manufacturers instructions.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Comfort

If reaching causes discomfort, consider a grab bar with an integrated use and install in a convenient place.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Ease of Use

A grab bar that is also a soap dish can reduce reaching while in the shower, making the shower easier to use.

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Shape

Grab bars that are installed in a wall come is a variety of shapes to allow for different spaces.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Fall Prevention

A grab bar that isn't used is not likely to prevent a fall.  If possible, place for everyday use.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Size

Space may set limitations on the shape of grab bar that can be safely installed.  Plan carefully.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Multi-Gen

If a bathroom will be shared, consider how each person uses the bathroom, for example how they enter the shower. Plan accordingly.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Installation

Safe installation is very important for grab bars.  Consider whether you need professional help.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Comfort

Grab bars that are placed where a person would naturally reach are "comfortable".

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Ease of Use

Placing a grab bar where a person naturally reaches, is placing for "ease of use".

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Installation

Many people find grab bars with concealed screws more pleasing visually.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Fall Prevention

Follow the manufacturer's instructions for both exposed and concealed screw grab bars to prevent falls.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Hygiene

Dirt and bacteria can accumulate around the screw of an exposed screw grab bar unless cleaned regularly.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Comfort

An exposed screw grab bar can create a rough spot where the screws are placed.

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Weight Capacity

Carefully consider the weight capacity that is appropriate for the people currently using the grab bar, as well as people who may use in the future.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Fall Prevention

Consider buying a grab bar with more than adequate weight capacity.  Ensure it is installed properly.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Size

Bariatric products are available to sit needs due to obesity.  Proper installation is essential for ALL products.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Multi-Gen

Consider all people sharing the bathroom when selecting the weight capacity for a grab bar.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Installation

Proper installation of a product with more than adequate weight capacity is essential.  Consider those currently using the bathroom and others who might use it in the near future

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Measurements

Use painters tape to plan the measurements for grab bars in the bathroom.  Use Sage in Home diagrams to ensure you measure correctly.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Fall Prevention

Proper planning can make all the difference in equipping a bathroom with grab bars that will help prevent falls.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Size

Both the space where the grab bars will fit in the bathroom and the size of the people using the grab bars are important considerations in planning.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Multi-Gen

Consider the needs and reach capabilities of all people using the grab bar.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Installation

Check the manufacturer's instructions to confirm measurement.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Comfort

Plan grab bars in a bathroom to be placed where a person(s) will naturally reach, with comfort.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Ease of Use

Plan grab bars in a bathroom to be placed for easy reach.

Length of Straight & Angled Grab Bars

At Sage in Home, a straight grab bar has a length measurement.  An angled grab bar has a length (longest bar), width (shortest bar) and a diagonal measurement (tip to tip).

Grab Bar LengthCorner & Curved Grab Bar Measurements

At Sage in Home, a corner grab bar has a measurement for the short and long sides.  A curved grab bar has a height and width (tip to tip).

Grab Bar corner and curvedU-Shaped Flip Up Grab Bar Measurements

U-Shaped, flip up grab bars have a length (away from wall) and height.

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Diameter and Depth

Guidelines provided by the American Disabilities Act (ADA) do not need to be followed in residences, but are useful references.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Fall Prevention

The American Disabilities Act (ADA) does not apply to residences, but their guidelines are useful reference points for fall prevention.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Size

An individual with a large hand should consider a grab bar that is deep (bar is far from wall) with a large diameter.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Comfort

Many people will different views about comfort when considering the diameter and depth of a grab bar.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Ease of Use

A grab bar that is close to the wall, leaving less room for a hand between the bar and the wall, may not be considered easy to use by some people.

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Grip

A comfortable grip is important in promoting grab bar use.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Fall Prevention

Promoting grab bar use is key to fall preventions.  Select a grip for comfort.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Comfort

Opinions differ greatly about grip materials and their comfort.  Select carefully to promote use of the grab bar.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Ease of Use

For sensitive hands, a smoother grip may promote ease of use.

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Materials

All materials have been tested to be safe.  Select materials based on comfort and visual design.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Fall Prevention

When someone has a preference for a material, we suggest following that preference to promote use of the grab bar.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Size

Select weight capacity, not material, for the safety of someone who is obese.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Installation

Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for the specific grab bar that you are installing.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Comfort

Each material choice has a unique feel - which may offer comfort or not to some individuals.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Ease of Use

Pay attention to preferences for materials for those with ease of use issues.

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Color

Do you want grab bars to blend into the décor of the bathroom, or stand out?  Individual taste vary but either can promote use.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Fall Prevention

If immediate fall prevention is the goal, a grab bar in a different color that the wall will be easier to see.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Multi-Gen

If a bathroom will be shared, consider a grab bar in a contrasting color  so that all people will see it.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Ease of Use

Promote ease of use by considering the color of the grab bar most likely to be used.

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Brands

If you want to select by brand, click on "See more" and you will see the complete list of brands available.

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Marketplace

Our selection of grab bars can be sorted by Manufacturer's Retail Price (MSRP).  If you are comfortable with your choice, you can then decide where to buy - locally, or on the internet in our marketplace.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Fall Prevention

Selecting a grab bar without the data in our Selector can result in poor choices for fall prevention.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Size & Fit

Size constraints in the shower and other bathroom areas are important considerations when selecting a grab bar.  We have the data to help you balance to make a better decision.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Installation

Proper installation is essential.  If you are installing on your own, check the installation instructions in advance of purchase - we have instructions for most products.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Comfort

The Sage in Home Selector allow you to make choices for safety first and then find the comfort features that will promote use.

Sage Tip for H2  Sage Tip: Ease of Use

Grab bar diameter, depth and texture can be important for ease of use.  We have the data to help you make a good choice.

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