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Your guide to grab rails

Your guide to grab rails

Grab rails are ideal for placing around the home to make sitting, rising and balancing easier for anyone with weak lower limbs or who find it difficult to remain steady on their feet.

What are grab rails?

What are grab rails?

Made from metal or plastic, grab rails are usually fitted at doorways, or anywhere considered to be a risk area for falls, and can be placed either inside or outside of the home. They come in a variety of lengths and styles, including:

We also have a section dedicated to bathroom grab rails, as the bathroom is one of the most common places to slip, trip and fall at home. See our full range of grab rails – including portable, temporary grab rails which can travel with you and are designed with strong suction cups to stick to smooth surfaces.

Why would you need to use a grab rail?

If you, or someone you care for, are starting to feel a little unsafe when moving around the house, using the toilet or getting in and out of the bath, it’s a good idea to consider fitting some grab rails.

A grab rail can be fitted anywhere that you need extra support. If you find you are using a wall, radiator or door-frame for support, a grab rail would be safer.

There are a number of reasons why you may be feeling unstable and require the support of a grab rail including:

  • Pain or weakness in your legs or back
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Breathlessness and fatigue
Why would you need to use a grab rail?
All rails that are fitted in your home to provide additional safety should be fitted using the correct fittings to suit the construction of the wall, by a competent person.

Top tips to get the most from your grab rail

  • If your toilet has walls on both sides, try fitting a grab rail on either side to help you when sitting down and rising from the seat
  • A vertical rail fitted inside the shower will provide extra support when standing, whilst a grab rail by the bath will provide support if you are finding it difficult to get in or out of the tub
  • If you have stairs in your home it may be worth thinking about fitting additional stair rails, especially if your toilet and bathroom are upstairs
  • Fitting a grab rail at your front or back door will give you additional support to pull up when entering your house and help you to balance when exiting your property
  • There are three ways in which a grab rail can be positioned and each helps with different challenges:
      1. Horizontal rails are used to push up
      2. Vertical rails are used to pull up
      3. Diagonal rails will help with pulling and pushing

Which grab rail is right for you?

Spa Stainless Steel Grab Rail - Curved

Spa Stainless Steel Grab Rail - Curved

  • Stylish, modern design
  • Available in 3 different lengths
  • Ideal for use in the bathroom
  • Can be easily fixed to walls
  • May require earthing – we recommend installation by a qualified tradesperson

Prima Outdoor Grab Rail

  • Weather resistant and won’t rust
  • Slip resistant grips are effective even when wet
  • Supports you when entering and exiting your house
  • Easily fitted to outside walls at any angle
  • Subtle colour blends with an outdoor environment
Prima Outdoor Grab Rail

Things to consider

It's difficult to get a secure fixing on a pebble-dashed wall, and grab rails can’t be fitted to uPVC door frames, so a solid brick area is best.

If you have a half-step, just make sure you can reach the grab rail without stretching as this may put you at risk of falling.

This is important to think about – after all, the left side when entering is not the left side when leaving.

For example, if you can only fit one rail on the wall next to your toilet this may cause strain to your shoulder – a toilet frame is much better for providing equal support on both sides.

Make sure the wall is strong enough to support the installation of a grab rail and the load when in use.

If you are using the radiator for support when sitting on and rising from the toilet, a grab rail would be safer.

If you are finding it harder to get on or off the toilet, a grab rail may help by reducing strain to your legs and back.

If your bathroom is big enough, and you need more equal support, you may want to consider adding a width-adjustable frame over your toilet for additional security when sitting or standing.

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