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How much weight should most chairs be built to hold in your opinion?
Jokes, Polls & Anything Else / 3:33 PM - Friday July 02, 2010

How much weight should most chairs be built to hold in your opinion?

- Asked by sportsnut7875, A Life of the Party, Male, 36-45, Technical

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I see that most respondents are answering "300 pounds" or so, but I think that's way light. Not that you'll ever have many users over that weight, but if you "design" a chair to hold 300 pounds, that's going to be a very lightweight piece of furniture.

But there's a difference between "design strength" and "average use". I'd say that most chairs should probably be built to withstand "average use" by 300-pounders, meaning that it will last over a decent lifetime of use by someone of that weight.

In my office, living and dining rooms (I'm looking around at my chairs, loveseat, rocking chair, etc.) I probably have one antique chair that I wouldn't want to stress with more than 500 pounds or so -- though it's a pretty sturdy chair. Other than that, none of the chairs that I normally use would have any problem holding 700-800 pounds on a "one-time-use" basis. And none of them is custom built or extraordinary in any way; just average chairs.

- Response by regnadkcin, A Father Figure, Male, 56-65, Boston, Artist / Musician / Writer

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I'd think 300 pounds should cover the majority of chair uses.

- Response by fehkarfight, A Couch Potato, Male, 56-65, Who Cares?

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Hmmm going with some fun activities I've had in chairs, I'd go for 400. Rocking chairs are fun for bedroom play.

- Response by jjcabin, An Intellectual Guy, Male, 46-55, Washington, DC, Technical

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I'm not sure, but for my office I have a four piece set of solid mahogany. Several men 300 to 400 lbs have sat on these well designed, beautiful sturdy antiques and they didn't even creak, when they sat down...whew! I think they were equally surprised as well and I've had many offers to buy them.

C-star to jjcabin, perhaps furniture should be designed for more than one person! Yes, these pieces would do just fine for those activities and one IS a rocker...;~)!

- Response by 1pghpafemale, A Sweet Sarah, Female, 46-55, Pittsburgh, Artist / Musician / Writer

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way m ore than needed say like 300 pounds

- Response by newnumbersguy32, A Mr. Nice Guy, Male, 36-45, Financial / Banking

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hmm never thought about that, maybe 300 pounds, I think people that weigh over 300 wouldn't bother sitting in a chair they are unfamiliar with in fear that it would break, so what would be the use?

- Response by kalicalendar16, A Hippie Chick, Female, 29-35

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Most chairs, the average weight of the populace.

Anything bigger should be custom built.


- Response by bluegenel, A Mr. Nice Guy, Male, Who Cares?, Technical

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250 lbs. There is no good reason to weight more than 250 lbs.

- Response by falsehammer, A Mr. Nice Guy, Male, 29-35, Kansas City, Consulting

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350 lbs.

- Response by houseworkmakesyaugly, A Married Girl, Female, 36-45

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I'd say at least 450 lbs. I've seen a lot of chairs break from normal sized people plopping down in them. I think 450 should cover it.

- Response by infantrystud, A Guy Critical, Male, 36-45, Military

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I do not know but I do know a lot of these people today are really pushing the limit on them

- Response by bigcurt, A Mr. Nice Guy, Male, 56-65, Pittsburgh, Self-Employed

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