When we remodeled my parents’ bathroom, they requested that we put in some grab bars in the shower when we redid it. So we’re sharing how to install shower grab bars – and it’s a super easy DIY.
I ordered these grab bars for the shower (a 9-inch and 24-inch). We went with brushed nickel fixtures in the bathroom, I wanted the grab bars to match. I also looked for ones that had a little bit of design detail that fit with the bathroom style – shower grab bars don’t have to be an eyesore!
Just to note, our tile walls have wood behind them where the grab bars go, we made sure to put that in since we knew we’d be putting in the grab bars, so the steps are for that type of installation. If your walls don’t have wood behind them, you will need to use anchors, and our steps don’t include that process.
Where to Install Shower Grab Bars
The best way to figure out where to place your shower grab bars is to step in and out of your shower and see what feels comfortable for your reach. We placed a smaller grab bar vertically by the shower door, where you would step in and out. We placed a larger grab bar horizontally on the side wall. The height should be a comfortable reach for the main people using that shower.