Raise Your Washer and Dryer
To make it easier on aging backs and knees, set your front-loading washing machines and dryers on pedestals 12 to 15 in. above the floor. Learn how to build a simple washer/dryer pedestal.
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Install ‘Invisible’ Grab Bars
Sometimes people are reluctant to add grab bars because they think it will make their home look institutional. But you can find stylish and sturdy grab bars in many shapes, sizes and finishes, and some, like those in the elegant Invisia Collection, serve double duty as towel racks, toilet paper holders, corner shelves and more. Visit invisiacollection.com or search for “designer grab bars” and “specialty grab bars” in your browser.
Add Shower Grab Bars and Do the Yank Test
A securely fastened grab bar can be the difference between a momentary slip and a hip-breaking fall. The best location for grab bars depends on the needs of the person who’ll be using them, so ask before you install them. General guidelines call for a vertical bar at the tub edge and an angled bar on the long back wall of the tub. A 24-in. grab bar positioned at a 45-degree angle will attach easily to wall studs. If you can’t anchor to a stud, you can secure wood blocking between the studs. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to go through a closet or storage area behind the tub so the wall patch won’t have to be perfect. After you’re done installing a grab bar, do the yank test by pulling on the bar with all your strength. Make sure the bar will hold up when it’s really needed. Read our detailed grab bar installation instructions.