You’d be surprised how attractive some of the new grab bars for bathrooms can be. “Grab bars are available in many colors, shapes and sizes, so you don’t always have to settle for the plain, institutional-looking ones,” says David Cook, President of Cook’s Kitchen and Bath, Inc., a Diamond Certified company. “There are many different finishes and shapes. You can even match them to your existing faucet and shower valves.”
Mr. Cook says you should install a grab bar right where you step into the bathtub and then put one on the opposing wall, so if you slip or lose balance, you have something to hold on to. Grab bars should be at the right height for the person using them, so to get the job done properly, have a professional install them. Also, there are various anchors available for different materials that ensure your grab bars have the proper load bearing.