Shower/Tub Grab Bars: Where? How Many?
We're starting demo on our guest bathroom next week, and I have a couple questions about grab bars.
This bathroom has a 30"x60" tub in an alcove. The tub will occasionally be used for baths, and more often for showers. The tub we selected has a high side (20" tall), so we're thinking it would be a good idea to have a grab bar to make it easy and safe to get in or out. Since the walls will be open to the studs, we can also add a 2x4 wherever we might need it to provide a secure wood anchor.
So, how many grab bars, and where?
For bathing, I would think a grab bar along the long back wall would be best to help pull oneself up from the tub. For showering/getting in our out of the tub, I would think something along one of the short walls close the the tub deck would help to hold onto during entry/exit. But how many grab bars do we really need, and where should they be positioned? Thanks!