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And who says grab rails have to be metal? It's certainly the way to go inside the shower or bath, but you can offer additional stability with grab rails in other parts of the bathroom too. This beautiful maple wood rail adds warmth and style along with security.
Tip: Although ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) guidelines aren't required for residences, they're useful for making sure your grab rails provide the safety you are looking for. Make sure your rail can support the force of 250 pounds. Mount it 33 to 36 inches from the floor and allow a minimum of 1½ inches between the wall and the bar.
If a built-in bench would take up too much room, consider a teak fold-up bench. A plastic bench says "hospital," while teak says "spa."
Tip: When shopping for a fold-up bench, be sure to check the dimensions and the maximum weight capacity. Benches range from 18 to 24 inches wide with a seat depth of 13 to 16 inches. Weight capacities range from 220 to 500 pounds.
Falls aren't the only safety issue in a bathroom. Shared hand towels can spread germs, which can be serious for someone with a weak immune system. The aerodynamic design of the Dyson Airblade hand dryer makes it an attractive option.
Well, "attractive" is subjective here. It's a pretty space-age look. (One review said the shape resembles "a science fiction robot's underwear.") But it sure looks better to me than a gas station bathroom's dryers. And I think it looks a lot better than a stack of paper towels. I absolutely love how fast it works, too.
If you are out shopping for grab bars and want traditional, the Moen Kingsley line may be what you're looking for.
Tip: The slanted bar position shown in this photo is sometimes more comfortable when people are using it to help themselves get up. But it is not in keeping with ADA guidelines and might not help if you fall because your hand can slide.
Another stylish grab bar, this time from Great Grabz. It has a nice contemporary feel and would work with many different styles of décor.