Kitchen Design Standards Kitchen and Bath Design Standards - Page 56

14: Grab Bars Recommended: Plan grab bars to facilitate access to and maneuvering within the tub and shower areas. Tub and shower walls should be prepared (reinforced) at time of construction to allow for installation of grab bars to support a static load of 250 lbs. Gr a b b a r s s houl d be pl a c e d a t l e a s t 33” – 36” a bo ve t he f l oor . Grab bars must be 11⁄ 4” t o 2” i n di a me t e r and extend 11⁄ 2” f r om t he wa l l . Access Standard Recommended: Walls throughout the bathroom should be prepared (reinforced) at time of construction to allow for installation of grab bars to support a minimum of 250 lbs. of pressure. Grab bars should be placed according to the needs and height of the user, particularly near the tub/shower and the toilet. Code Reference:  Grab bars should be installed at the tub, shower, and toilet according to the following:  Bathtubs with permanent seats: Two horizontal grab bars (a1) should be provided on the back wall, one between 33” a nd 36” a bove t he f l oor a nd t he ot he r 9” a bove t he r i m of t he ba t ht ub (a2). Each grab bar should be no more t ha n 15” f r om t he he a d e nd wa l l or 12” fr om t he f oot e nd wa l l . A g r a b ba r 24” long should be provided on the foot end 56