How to Install Grab Bars in Your Master Bathroom

DIY Projects

Adding a grab bar to your shower or tub is an easy way to make it safer for everyone in your household. If you're ready to install a bathroom grab bar, read through these instructions from Liberty Hardware, then purchase your grab bar and get started!

A step-by-step guide to grab bar installation

Tools required:

  • 3/8-inch power drill
  • 7/64-inch drill bit (to drill pilot holes for installation of wood screws into wood wall studs)
  • 1/4-inch carbide tip drill bit (if drilling through ceramic tile)
  • #2 Phillips screwdriver
  • Safety glasses


Before installation:

1. Determine where you want to install your grab bar, then remove the grab bar and all parts from the package. For safety, your grab bar should be mounted into the wood studs in your wall. As an added point of reference, read these instructions on locating wall studs.

2. Hold the grab bar against the wall in the desired position and make sure it is level. Review the recommended placement for grab and assist bars.

3. Without removing the grab bar, take a pencil and mark the centers of the mounting hole positions on each end. 


Installing your grab bar into wood studs

1. Put on safety glasses and use the 3/8-inch power drill and the and 7/64-inch drill bit to drill holes into the wall and wood studs at each pencil mark. 

2. Apply a bead of silicone sealant made for wet applications to the back of the mounting flanges on each side of the grab bar, then place the grab bar on the wall, aligning the mounting holes with the holes in the wall. 

3. Insert the provided wood screws into one end of the grab bar and screw into the wall. Note: HAND TIGHTEN ONLY.

4. Repeat the third step for the other end of the grab bar. 

5. Tighten all mounting screws with a screwdriver.

Note: These are the instructions for installing a grab or assist bar into a wall and wood studs. There are different ways to mount a grab bar to ceramic tile or fiberglass tub and shower walls. These instructions include information on mounting grab bars to ceramic tile:


Reliable grab bars from Liberty Hardware

Shop Liberty Hardware for high-quality and elegant grab bars.

Since 1943, Liberty Hardware. has crafted dependable home hardware products to match any remodeling project. Trust our expertly designed grab bars as a great choice and high-quality option for your bathroom.


Safety warnings

DO NOT install this equipment without first reading and understanding this instruction sheet. If you are unable to understand these Warnings and Instructions, contact a health care professional, dealer or technical personnel for assistance before attempting to install this equipment - otherwise, injury may occur.

After ANY adjustments, repair or service and BEFORE use, make sure that all attaching hardware is tightened securely.

Grab Bars add security for bath and commode areas if attached as instructed. Location, size, and angle of bars should be determined by a qualified professional to provide optimum safety and function.

Use EXTREME caution on wet tub or floor surfaces.

Users with limited physical capabilities should be supervised or assisted in bath and commode areas, even when using the Grab Bars.

The Grab Bar can provide support and increased stability for an individual weighing up to 500 pounds. Grab Bars are NOT designed to support the total weight of an individual. Use the bar for assistance ONLY.

The Residential Assist Bar can provide support and increased stability for an individual weighing up to 300 pounds. Residential Assist Bars are NOT designed to support the total weight of an individual. Use the bar for assistance ONLY.

Be sure Grab Bars and Assist Bars are correctly and securely installed. NEVER use Grab Bars and Assist Bars if any looseness is noted.