How to Select the Right Stainless Steel Grab Bar Flange

Showergrabbar800Choosing a flange for your stainless steel grab bar is not a difficult decision to make, nor is there necessarily a right or wrong flange to select; but, there are a few options that you should be aware of before making your final decision. The two most common flange types for stainless steel grab bars (and the two we list on our website) are the round concealed snap flange and the round exposed flange. The most obvious difference between these two stainless steel grab bar flanges is the appearance of the screw heads used to install them. Exposed flanges leave the screw heads exposed whereas concealed snap flanges come with a stainless cover to hide the screws. For some customers, visible screw heads are not an important consideration and the money saved by selecting exposed screws is worthwhile. The majority of customers, however, want a clean look with the screw heads concealed on their stainless steel grab bars. Whichever camp you fall into will determine which flange type you’ll select for your grab bar.

Aside from the common stainless steel grab bar flange types, there are the oval concealed snap flange, the oval exposed flange, and round concealed flange with tenon plate. The oval flanges are self explanatory and best used on narrow studs or posts or for decorative purposes; but, the flange you may not be familiar with is the round concealed flange with tenon plate. This flange comes in two pieces. There is a tenon plate that will mount directly to the wall with two screws. Once the tenon plate is installed, the stainless steel grab bar with flange cover is locked to the tenon plate with a set screw. This flange type is more relevant for installation in security areas or where vandalism would be an issue and security screws are not used for installation. The choice of flange type is not an option for stainless steel swing grab bars since they use a rectangular or square mounting plate for their installation.

PBA Nylon Grab Bars: The Cost Effective Alternative to HEWI

PBA445RTGrabBarPBA Nylon Grab Bars provide the same qualities and benefits of HEWI Nylon Grab Bars at a more cost effective price. HEWI Nylon Grab Bars have been the gold standard of grab bars for decades. The wide assortment of bright colors, the quality of the materials, and their superiority to stainless steel grab bars has been unquestioned; nonetheless, they are very expensive products. For large projects such as hospitals, dormitories, and hotels the cost for grab bars alone can be astronomical. PBA Nylon Grab Bars offer a cost efficient alternative for those wanting high quality nylon grab bars without the HEWI sticker shock. PBA Nylon Grab Bars are available in many of the same colors, sizes, and configurations as HEWI Nylon Grab Bars making them a practical option for those with HEWI Nylon Grab Bars in an existing project making the switch to PBA Nylon Grab Bars.
Like HEWI Nylon Grab Bars, PBA Nylon Grab Bars also have a range of matching nylon bathroom accessories that can be installed to complete an entire bathroom or shower room. Some project architects and designers are partial to HEWI Nylon Bathroom Accessories accepting no substitutions, but leave wiggle room for grab bars. The perfect opportunity to save money on your project by substituting high quality, lower cost PBA Nylon Grab Bars. PBA Nylon Grab Bars can also be custom configured for unique bathroom and shower room layouts; but, unlike HEWI Nylon Grab Bars, the lead times for custom PBA Nylon Grab Bars can be relatively short.

How To Install Stainless Steel Grab Bars


Stainless steel grab bar installation doesn’t have to be difficult. Anyone from an IKEA do-it-yourselfer to a professional contractor will have no trouble securely installing a stainless steel grab bar. Whether you are installing a stainless steel toilet grab bar or a stainless steel bath tub grab bar, the first thing you will want to do is locate the studs behind the wall. If you will not be able to mount all the flanges of your grab bar into a stud, you will want to use a Wingit fastener in your installation – more on that little miracle later. With a pencil, lightly mark the location of the center and edges of each stud. You may want to utilize a stud finder to help you locate the studs behind the wall and a finishing nail to probe for the edges of the studs.

Next, place your stainless steel grab bar with the flanges positioned over your studs so that at least two screw holes on your mounting flange meet your studs. Mark each screw hole with a pencil. After you have marked your screw holes, drill a 1/8” hole into the marked center of the studs. If you hit solid wood, then continue to drill your other screw holes. When all your screw holes have been drilled, position your stainless steel grab bar on your wall and screw it into place. To make sure your stainless steel grab bar is secure, give it a strong tug to make sure it does not pull away from the wall. You have now successfully installed your stainless steel grab bar.

For those of you who will not hit a stud behind the wall, you will love the stainless steel grab bar Wingit. The Wingit is a cinch to use and provides strong support for stainless steel grab bars. All that’s needed is a 1.25” hole drilled into the wall for each of your stainless steel grab bar mounting flanges. When properly installed, Wingits provide enough support to withstand an 800 lbs. downward force. Now that’s strength.

Successfully Remodeling your Bathroom

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A bathroom remodel can be an extremely time consuming and often expensive endeavor. From purchasing and installing large items like bathtubs, tile flooring, and new plumbing to updating smaller items like lighting fixtures, a lot of considerations must be taken to ensure a successful bathroom remodel. Below are a few tips on how to successfully carry out a bathroom remodel to obtain the bathroom you desire:

  • Have the supplies you need before beginning. It’s important that all items are on hand before starting the remodel, as it saves time and allows you to truly work within your budget. Having everything from the perfect lighting fixtures, tiles and even bathroom grab bars already purchased can help you quickly start working on your remodel, and helps ensure you’ll get the job done in a quicker manner.
  • It’s important to consider all of your options! Shop around for prices before committing to anything. Also, consider possible refinishing existing items to save money.
  • Consider planning for the future when updating your bathroom! Consider installing bathroom grab bars in your new bathroom, as you never know when they will come in handy! Also, consider sticking with a look that is classic and will remain beautiful for years to come.
  • Don’t be too frugal with your purchases! It’s best to purchase items that are durable and will last. It’s best to remodel your bathroom right the first time.

When it comes to remodeling your bathroom, perfect planning and a plan of attack will allow you to obtain the bathroom you truly desire. Don’t forget to browse the selection of shower seats, grab bars and other bathroom accessories at GrabBarsOnline.com!

Why Custom Grab Bars?

No bathroom is created equally, and sometimes standard grab bars just won’t get the job done. Custom grab bars are the perfect choice if you’re in need of grab bars that are specifically tailored to your bathroom’s more unique dimensions. With custom grab bars you have the opportunity to get stainless steel or nylon grab bars that are custom configured to work specifically for your bathroom. From your very own sketch, or supplied dimensions, GrabBarsOneline.com can configure custom grab bars that meet your specific needs!

Whether a stock grab bar is too short, or just a little too long, custom grab bars can be created that are both perfect in length, and guaranteed to fit properly and get the job done right. Why settle for anything less than what you really need? Grab bars are an extremely useful accessory, and often help to prevent accidents that can cause injury or bodily harm! If you’re settling for a stock grab bar that doesn’t quite get the job done the way you like, it’s best to consider custom grab bars that meet your expectations and specifications to help increase the safety of your bathroom.

Whether looking for bath tub grab bars, shower grab bars, toilet grab bars, or swing grab bars, we can create custom grab bars in any style, for any purpose. There’s no better choice for custom grab bars than GrabBarsOnline.com.

Bathroom Grab Bars: Safety All Around

Showergrabbar800Bathroom grab bars are most commonly installed directly in the shower or next to the toilet to provide safety and assistance for those in need. Bathroom grab bars come in a variety of designs, and can also be custom created for your very specific needs. Bathroom grab bars are not only needed for those suffering debilitating ailments or the elderly, but instill a sense of safety in the bathroom for everyone! At GrabBarsOnline.com, we advocate the installation of bathroom grab bars as a necessity to make your bathroom extra safe!

When the bathroom floor is tiled and wet, a slippery situation can occur and put you and your family at risk for a fall. Bathroom grab bars help support your body, and prevent fall injuries. Other factors such as limited balance, weak strength and visual impairment are all great indicators that bathroom grab bars might be an important addition to your bathroom. It’s extremely common to ignore the need for bathroom grab bars until an accident occurs! Don’t create the risk, and consider installing bathroom grab bars too.

In a variety of styles and color choices, you can find bathroom grab bars that not only provide the most safety, but coordinate with your existing bathroom décor. Upgrade the overall safety of your washroom with the best selection of bathroom grab bars at GrabBarsOnline.com!