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Toilet Grab Bar Placement Guide (Residential)

Which toilet grab bars do I need and where should I place them? (Quantity, Shape, Length, Wall Location, and Placement Height). Residential Guide.


Residential toilet grab bar placement is completely up to the discretion of the user, whereas toilet grab bar placement in commercial or public bathrooms must abide by strict ADA placement guidelines. If you are installing toilet grab bars in a residential location (such as a private home / residence), continue reading. If you are installing toilet grab bars in a public facility that must abide by ADA Compliance / Handicap laws, please read our ADA Compliant Toilet Grab Bar Placement Guide.


The three most common toilet wall layouts for residential applications are as followed:

  1. Toilet with one side wall (in corner layout).
  2. Toilet with two side walls (between walls layout).
  3. Toilet with no side walls (freestanding layout).

Continue below to find your toilet grab bar placement recommendation based upon your toilet wall layout listed above:


#Toilet With One Side Wall (In Corner Layout):

Wall Side – Which bar shape, length, and quantity do I need?

  • We recommend two (2) straight grab bars on the wall side of the toilet.
    • Grab Bar #1
      • One (1) grab bar would be placed horizontally next to the toilet.
      • The most common length would be between 18″, 24″ 30″ or 36″.
      • This grab bar is used to help position oneself while on the toilet and also push oneself upward from a seated to a standing position.
      • Horizontal placement of the grab bar is up to the discretion of the user, and often comes down to height of the user and where the hand reaches comfortably when sitting and standing from the toilet.
    • Grab Bar #2
      • One (1) grab bar placed vertically, above the horizontally placed grab bar.
      • This grab bar supports toilet use in absence of a supporting side wall.
      • The most common length would be 12″, 18″, or 24″.
      • This grab bar is used to help pull oneself up from a seated position.
    • Other Notes:
      • You can combine the horizontal and vertical grab bars into one grab bar by purchasing a 90 degree angle L-shape grab bar.
      • Alternatively, you can use 1 straight grab bar at a diagonal angle to assist with both vertical and horizontal movements.

Free Standing / Non Wall Side – Which bar shape, length, and quantity do I need?

  • We recommend one (1) free standing grab bar.
    • Grab Bar #1
      • One (1) grab bar would be placed next to the toilet on the free standing side.
      • The most common free standing grab bars are Wall-to-Floor, Wall-to-Floor with Outrigger, or Side Bar with Outrigger.
      • Both height and placement are up to the discretion of the user, and often comes down to height of the user and where the hand reaches comfortably when sitting or standing from the toilet.

 

#2 Toilet with Two Side Walls (Between Walls Layout):

Wall Side – Which bar shape, length, and quantity do I need?

  • We recommend four (4) straight grab bars on the wall side of the toilet, with the following two grab bars on EACH side of the toilet.
    • Grab Bar #1
      • One (1) grab bar would be placed horizontally next to the toilet.
      • The most common length would be between 18″, 24″ 30″ or 36″.
      • This grab bar is used to help position oneself while on the toilet and also push oneself upward from a seated to a standing position.
      • Horizontal placement of the grab bar is up to the discretion of the user, and often comes down to height of the user and where the hand reaches comfortably when sitting and standing from the toilet.
    • Grab Bar #2
      • One (1) grab bar placed vertically, above the horizontally placed grab bar.
      • This grab bar supports toilet use in absence of a supporting side wall.
      • The most common length would be 12″, 18″, or 24″.
      • This grab bar is used to help pull oneself up from a seated position.
    • Other Notes:
      • You can combine the horizontal and vertical grab bars into one grab bar by purchasing a 90 degree angle L-shape grab bar.
      • Alternatively, you can use 1 straight grab bar at a diagonal angle to assist with both vertical and horizontal movements.

#3 Toilet with No Side Walls (Free Standing Layout):

Which bar shape, length, and quantity do I need?

  • We recommend one (1) free standing grab bar.
    • Grab Bar #1
      • One (1) grab bar would be placed next to the toilet on the free standing side.
      • The most common free standing grab bars are Wall-to-Floor, Wall-to-Floor with Outrigger, or Side Bar with Outrigger.
      • Both height and placement are up to the discretion of the user, and often comes down to height of the user and where the hand reaches comfortably when sitting or standing from the toilet.
  • Other Notes:
    • You can combine the horizontal and vertical grab bars into one grab bar by purchasing a 90 degree angle L-shape grab bar.
    • Alternatively, you can use 1 straight grab bar at a diagonal angle to assist with both vertical and horizontal movements.

Toilet grab bar placement ultimately comes down to the user’s preference for hand grip location and the proximity to and length of the mounting walls (or lack of mounting walls).

For additional toilet grab bar shapes, we recommend exploring our complete line of toilet grab bars.

You may also want to explore our bathtub grab bars to see if any are applicable to your toilet layout.

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