11 High-Weight-Limit Chairs for Fat Folks and Their Hosts

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Finding comfortable seating can be one of the biggest barriers that fat folx have to navigate on a daily basis. There is a constant worry as to whether the chairs at public spaces will be sturdy enough to fit our bodies or if we will have to squeeze into armrests or a booth that is not accommodating. Being able to assume that you have somewhere comfortable to sit is something that many thin people never have to think about.

Although we cannot always control the comfort of our chairs in public spaces, we can ensure that we have chairs that are sturdy and accommodating for our bodies at home! High weight limit chairs are helpful to have because they last longer and are more accommodating for the hips and lower back with their wider seats.

No matter what kind of body you live in, it’s also important to have fat-friendly chairs available when you host, whether it’s a game night or a wedding. Health at Every Size (or HAES) practitioners and providers can also use larger and/or armless chairs to make people in larger bodies and at higher weights feel welcome in your offices and waiting rooms.

We have compiled a list of our favorite high weight limit chairs to make finding your next cozy chair easy!

Office & Desk Chairs

HON Wave Big and Tall Executive Chair

This work chair’s mesh seat back and sandwich mesh cushion with two layers of padding keep your body happy and cool so you can concentrate on work. Let this comfortable office chair take care of your body while you work with an easy, adjustable recline, customizable lower back support and pneumatic height adjustment. Give your neck and back a break; these adjustable-height and width arms move up and down, and toward and away from the body to adapt to your body. Reinforced frame and larger scale provide support to users up to 450 lbs. Buy>>

Steelcase Leap Plus Fabric Chair

Amazing ergonomic comfort with 4-way adjustable arms. Leap Plus offers the same benefits, aesthetic appeal and functionality of Leap with support for users up to 500 lbs. Live back technology changes shape to mimic and support the movement of the spine. Ships fully assembled and weight tested up to 500-pound with no loss of performance. Buy>>

Safco Uber Office Chair

Safco Uber Big and Tall Mid Back Chair provides comfortable seating for workers of all shapes and sizes. This heavy-duty desk chair works around the clock in call centers, dispatch operator facilities and other multi-shift environments. Rated for 24/7 use (more than a 40-hour workweek). Waterfall seat edge may help improve circulation by reducing pressure points while seated. The cushioned-back support and 360-degree swivel seat offer an ergonomic, comfortable option for weights up to 500 lbs. Buy>>

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A Fat-Friendly Home Checklist! • ID below and continued in comments. • Is your space accessible to fat friends and loved ones? It’s not just public spaces like airplanes, parks, and restaurants which are often designed to be hostile to fat people — very often, visiting the home of a normative-bodied friend can feel like a very physically unfriendly, uncomfortable experience. When you host fat people – are you considering whether they will feel comfortable and safe in your space? You will likely not be able to accommodate all of the items on this checklist at once — that is okay. Go through the checklist: assess your current space. As you have the capacity, the privilege, and the resources — do what you can to make your space more fat and disability friendly. You might see your fat friends more often 🙂 Don’t have any fat friends? Why tf not?? (Maybe it’s because there’s no where to sit). Fat and disability communities often intersect, hence the inclusion of suggestions for home-owners wishing to invest in a more permanent accessibility standard. I invite all my fat and disabled comrades to add demands in the comments. Normalize providing accessibility details to every new guest to your home (literally put it on printed and digital invitations!), such as: • how many stairs to the front door, and to the main social area (backyard deck stairs, etc.) • is there an accessible bathroom on the main floor • if there is extreme heat, what kind of temperature control do you have (AC, fans, etc) • if your gathering is in an outdoor space, will any of your outdoor furniture accommodate a fat person — or should they expect to bring their own foldable chair?

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Outdoor & Camping Chairs

ALPS Mountaineering King Kong Chair

Sturdy powder-coated steel frame and 600D polyester fabric provide stability and comfort. Each adjustable armrest comes with a cup holder and side pocket for maximum storage. Includes a convenient shoulder carry bag, allowing you to transport and store the chair with ease. The ALPS Mountaineering King Kong is on our best sellers list; you’ll know why as soon as you take a seat. Weight Capacity: 800 lbs. Buy>>

ONIVA Outdoor Folding Camp Chair

Extra-large portable folding camp chair by ONIVA – a Picnic Time brand; Great for tailgating, as a beach chair or travel chair. Foldable powder-coated steel frame covered with durable, ripstop polyester canvas and breathable backing; Hanging beverage pocket on the armrest. Features an inward-folding compact design for easy transport and storage; Includes a matching drawstring carry bag with shoulder strap. A generous 24-inch wide seat, and 17-1/2 inches deep, with 24-inch high headrest; Maximum weight 400 lbs. Buy>>

Jumbo Heavy Duty Aluminum Beach Chair

Beach chair reclines in 4 positions; Anodized Aluminum with reinforced steel inside for extended durability and rust. Swing out drink holder and large rear-access carry pouch with velcro on the back and additional Zippered storage pouch on the armrest and under the seat. Weighs 16 lbs and holds the capacity of 500 lbs. Adjustable shoulder strap included. Buy>>

Quik Chair Heavy Duty Folding Camp Chair

Enjoy some fun in the sun with the Quik Shade Extra Large Folding Camp Chair! This oversized chair measures 35 inches wide, making it perfect for medium to large frames. 600 denier reinforced polyester fabric is durable and stain-resistant so your chair stays looking new for years to come. The sturdy steel frame offers super strong support up to 500 lbs. Buy>>

Special Occasion, Wedding & Event Chairs

HERCULES PREMIUM Series Gold Resin Stacking Chiavari Chair

The Gold Resin Chiavari Chair is ideal for weddings, banquets and special events from casual to the most elegant. Constructed of ultra-strong resin and polycarbonate, this chair is very lightweight, yet extremely strong and wobble-free. With its durable, lightweight construction and elegant styling, this Chiavari chair will be the prime seating choice for all of your special events, whether indoors or outside. Designed for Indoor or Outdoor Use. 1000 lb. Weight Capacity. Buy>>

Poly and Bark Birds Nest Dining Side Chair (Set of 4)

Elevate your stylish, modern decor with this striking bird nest dining side chair. Whether in the dining room or accenting a living space or home office, this chair is an eye-catching addition with natural flair. The chair boasts a steel base and legs with a chrome finish that adds brightness. The seat and back of the chair are crafted in moulded plastic with a stunning cut-out tree design. Celebrate your love of the great outdoors with this stylish dining chair. Weight capacity 275 lbs. Buy>>

HERCULES Stacking Church Chair

This beautiful church chair will keep your guests comfortable whether you’re hosting an all-day seminar, serving a 10-course meal or delivering your most inspirational sermon. This chair offers an advantage over pew seating with the flexibility of creating different seating configurations. The chair’s cushioned back and 4-inch thick seat are generously padded with CA117 fire retardant foam and covered in durable fabric upholstery. The seat has a waterfall edge that reduces pressure on your attendees’ legs. A convenient book pouch on the back of the chair keeps seminar materials, bibles or hymn books readily available. 800 lb. Weight Capacity. Buy>>

HERCULES King Louis Chair

 Everyone knows a good chair takes the whole evening up a notch. This gorgeous sculpted King Louis chair with Taupe Vinyl Back and Seat and Silver Frame will be the focal point in any area of the home or formal setting. Use in the dining room, as a desk chair, banquet chair or in an exquisite setting. Distinctive details such as the etched design square blocks at the top of the front legs and serpentine side braces abound in this beautiful piece. The classic upholstered, rounded back and fluted legs provide a graceful elegant look that is sure to please. Upgrade your furnishings with this durably crafted resin chair that will remain beautiful throughout the years. 900 lbs. Weight Capacity. Buy>>