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How do I Choose the Best Bathtub Rails?

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  • Written By: Solomon Branch
  • Edited By: Allegra J. Lingo
  • Last Modified Date: 24 November 2019
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In order to choose the best bathtub rails, you should consider the quality of the material they are made from, the quality of the grip, and how much weight they can hold. Most bathtub rails are for children, the elderly, or a handicapped person, and offer support to get in and out of the bathtub safely. Rails come in a variety of sizes for use in these various situations.

The most common type of bathtub rails available latch onto the side of the tub and are held in place with a locking device. They are usually made of chrome, steel, metal, or plastic. These types of bathtub rails come in a variety of sizes and shapes, and some are adjustable. If it is not adjustable, make sure that you choose one that will fit the person using it. For instance, a small child will not have the same needs as a full-grown adult.

Another option, which is usually cheaper, is a bathtub rail that uses suction cups. They are usually smaller than the locking kind. One advantage these types of bathtub rails have is they are often small enough to be portable, which can be helpful if traveling.

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Whatever type of bathtub rails you choose, it is important to know the maximum amount of weight they can support. This will usually be listed on the package or website, if you are purchasing online. The quality of the grip is also important, so find one that is durable and comfortable to grasp onto.

If the person who is using the bathtub rails is obese or if they will need to use them for a long time, choosing rails that mount to the wall might be the best option. They are usually more durable, reliable, and typically hold the most weight. Most wall-mounted rails can be put up using the instructions given, but some might require someone more experienced, such as a handyman or builder, to install them.

There are many places that sell bathtub rails, including medical supply stores, home-improvement stores, and hardware stores. Many choices are available online as well. If you are purchasing them online, make sure the rails will fit your particular bathtub by double-checking the specifications listed for them. Many websites have online reviews, so you can check them to make sure the rails you are purchasing are reliable and serve their purpose. Even if you are not purchasing one online, it is still helpful information.

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