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There’s nothing quite like sitting on a friend’s couch….and breaking it. Or so I hear. Not that I’ve ever had that experience. It was a work couch that I broke…
As a big guy, I’ve always been hyperaware of where I sit. Not only is it draining to stand for long periods of time, I have fewer options of places to sit that an average-side joe. It’s a cruel world.
This lack of heavy duty seats is the reason that, when I take my daughter to her dance class, I choose to sit on the stairs for the 30 mins she’s in class rather than try my luck on a plastic chair. It is also the reason I spend a ton of time researching the furniture I have in my own house. After all, how can you be comfortable in your kingdom if you can’t sit? Having plus size furniture that will support me is important for my comfort, safety, and pocket-book.
Long ago I decided that, since I couldn’t be comfortable many places, I would make the effort necessary to find and purchase the best couches for heavy person as well as a heavy duty recliner so I (and my family) could relax in comfort. So, let’s take a look at the best couches I’ve found for heavy people!
Look for sectionals? We just wrote about the best high weight capacity sectional sofas if you want those instead.
Characteristics of the Best Couches for Heavy Person
Heavy people don’t need specially built furniture, but we do need to be more aware than average about the materials and construction. The couches for a heavy person will have:
- A heavy-duty frame/sub-frame
- Properly built legs
- Strong Fabric
- Quality stuffing
If those qualifications are met, the couch is likely suitable for heavy people.
However, each items has characteristics which we need to look for. Let’s talk about them in more detail!
Heavy Duty Couch Frame/Sub-frame
When it comes to the bones of a couch, there are a few different materials options, crappy, fine, and good. Avoid pressed or laminate wood frames and look instead for hardwood and steel. It is common that couches for heavy people have a hard-wood frame with metal supports, particularly if you’re looking for a heavy duty reclining couch.
Legs are typically a weak point of designer couches and can easily cause the entire couch to fail. Long and angled legs are typically the opposite of what we want. Since it’s strength we’re after, look for “husky” legs that keep the bulk of the couch low to the ground. A better option is to eliminate the leg situation altogether which allows the subframe of the couch to be supported by the floor but this is rarely necessary unless you’re going to have 1,000 plus pounds on your couch.
It probably wasn’t the first thing to come to mind, but I have had to fix three different couches I’ve owned because I was too fat for the fabric! My above-average weight caused the fabric to pull/stretch farther than it was meant to and ended up either ripping or pulling loose the fabric along back/top of the couch. While this is pretty easy to staple back in place, it is a better options to get a couch with heavy-duty fabric in the first place. The best couches for a heavy person will always be made of fabric that will stand up to the additional wear and tear it will face.
When I think of a couch breaking, I typically imagine a spring popping up out of the seat and launching me into the ceiling just like every cartoon I used to watch. However, it is far more likely that a couch becomes unusable because it is stuffed with low-quality foam over poor quality springs which will slowly sag over time. Look for a couch that has a good amount of support and rebound qualities. This typically means that you need to deal with a couch that is pretty firm at first but don/t worry, it’ll loosen up after a while.
Now that we know what we want, let’s check out the line-up!
#1 of the Best Couches for Heavy Person
If you are just looking for the best couch for a heavy person (that doesn’t cost a fortune) this is it! It has absolutely everything that a big guy or gal could want in an affordable but heavy duty couch.
While it’s probably not the couch I’d put in a fancy sitting room (if I ever had one….) it has a ton of awesome features that earn it the thumbs up from me:
- 825-pound weight capacity. This is sufficient for most big and heavy couples. The best way I’ve found to avoid overloading a couch such as this is to simply limit the number of people on it. For your family, this may actually be a two-person couch rather than a three-person option and that’s okay!
- Wall hugging recliner. At this price point, a mechanical reclining system is the most reliable and hard-wearing option. The end seats of this couch both recline and, as an added bonus, their wall-hugging feature means they only need 4″ between the back of the couch and the wall!
- Steel bottom frame with minimal legs. The short leg situation means that this is one heavy duty couch that won’t be bowing or bending in the middle no matter how much you weigh.
- Multiple color options. If this couch only came in bright blue, I’d still buy it again when my current one wore out. However, the brown or gray options will fit well with just about any motiff you’ve got going on!
What more could you need?! A great looking couch with high weight capacity, reclining functionality and an amazing price point. If you are most people, this is the best option so get it ordered!
Stone & Beam Couch Review
If you’re looking for a bit more weight capacity, a bit more stuffing, and a little less reclining, then Stone & Beam make the couch you are looking for!
This classicly styled overstuffed sofa can be at home anywhere from a game/movie room to a more formal sitting area. It’s estimated 1100 pound capacity is sure to hold everyone that can fit on it.
Speaking of who can fit on it, it may look like a love seat but this couch measures almost 90″ from end to end, making it an excellent piece of plus size furniture for those with wide bottoms. If you and your spouse are the types to want your own cushion, you’ll be happy with the overstuffed (and very squishy) two cushion set-up here!
As an added bonus, this is one of the few couches you can order that requires no assembly! This means that you don’t have to waste your time figuring out how to put it together or waste your money paying someone else to do it!
If you’re looking to outfit an entire room with heavy duty furniture, this is one of the best options on the list because it is available in 7 different colors in a matching chair and ottoman!
Best Reclining Couch for a Big and Heavy Couple
If you want an extra-wide reclining couch but still want to hold hands with your husband/wife then get in line for this couch! This option from Homelegance has a full 300lb capacity per seat (for a total of 900 pounds) but many heavier users report that it holds up well. If you want a heavy-duty recliner in couch form, you got it.
This couch also has all the other hallmarks of being a great couch for a heavy person such as a deep seat, it sits low to the ground, and has durable fabric. Beyond that, you can pick up this couch for less than most recliners, let alone heavy duty ones.
You’re limited to the single color but, for the amount of comfort you’re getting, I’m betting that is probably fine!
Strongest Designer Couch for Home and Commercial Use
While this couch might look like it breaks every “best couches for heavy person” rule, it is on this list thanks to it’s incredible build quality. Not to mention the fact that it looks radically different and gives a fresh option for everyone.
If you need a couch that will handle the heaviest guests (whether in your home or a waiting room) then this is your option. This couch is rated by Modway to hold up to 1700 pounds! That’s more than 4 of me! So, in other words, this couch will stand just about anything you can throw at it (or set on it).
This couch is much comfier than it looks but it’s still not the kind of couch you’ll want to kick back on for a Netflix marathon or to read a book. But for its looks, it’s great!
Modway makes this couch is 12 different colors (some of them pretty bright and wild) as well as matching ottomans and chairs to make sure you have a matching set that will match much more than each other.
How to make your heavy duty couch last longer
Couch shopping really isn’t that much fun. At least it isn’t for me. Even if I had a bunch of money, I wouldn’t enjoy finding a couch that matches, getting it delivered (and possibly assembled), disposing of my old couch, etc.
Which leads to the questions, after I buy one of the best couches for a heavy person, how do I take care of it so it’ll last for years? Well, we’ve got 3 tips:
Keep it clean
When it comes to keeping a couch for years, keeping it clean should be your number one priority. Obviously, a clean couch looks better and you’ll like it for longer, but keeping a couch clean will actually protect the fabric, the foam, the reclining mechanisms, and even the springs!
When dirt (sand, pet hair, etc.) gets worked through the fabric of your couch it thins and tears up the fabric on a microscopic level. Let this go on long enough and your fabric will soon be crusty and more likely to tear. Crud build-up has the same effect on the foam in your couch. Dirt breaks foam down and stops it from rebounding, leaving you with a sunken and uncomfy couch.
So what can you do besides hiring a cleaner? The ultimate solution would be to get a cover (or at least a seat cover) but, if you don’t like that idea, the best way to keep your couch clean is to keep dirt from getting on it in the first place. So no pets, no eating on the couch, etc.
Have multiple sitting options
When my wife and I first got married we didn’t have a spot for a dining room table. Which meant we ate on the couch. This wasn’t great for spending quality time together or for keeping out couch clean. Once we were able to get some heavy duty dining chairs for mealtimes our couch-health improved greatly.
Having dining chairs for mealtime, a recliner for relaxing, beanbags for the kids, etc. will diffuse the time spent on your couch which, in turn, will help it last longer.
Buy once, cry once
While there’s something to be said for getting a great deal, buying the cheapest couch possible shouldn’t be your goal if you want durability. I only recommended couches which were very high quality or very high quality for the price so, unless you want to do a huge amount of research or pay way more money, stick to the options above and you’ll get the durability you’re looking for!
Whichever couch you choose, it’ll be hard to go wrong with any of our recommendations! While I did my best to bring you the best couches for a heavy person, you’ll have to decide which one is right for you! Happy Hunting!
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