Category Archives: Plus Size Living

Fun and comfortable plus size living for big & tall men and larger-size women requires access to fun and comfortable situations. You need furniture that supports your larger body. You also need to feel comfortable in your home, your office and your environment.

Whether you are shopping for new outdoor furniture, a new mattress or a new office chair, GrandStyle provides tips and info to tell you what features to look for and examples of what will, and will not, be of help to you.

Surviving Plus Size Holiday Activities: How to Thrive!

Whether you are ready or not, the holiday season comes every year! Enjoy your plus size holiday activities. This is no time to let your dress or shirt size get in the way of enjoying times with your friends and family.

Plus Size Holiday Activities: Survival Tips

Here are five tips to help you keep your positive body image, your own individual grand style, your holiday spirit — and to thrive throughout the season!

Tip #1: Don’t give up participating in an activity just because of your size.

  • Hire a neighborhood kid (or your nephew!) to hang your holiday house lights or to stand on the ladder and finish off your inside decorating.
  • Make airline travel more comfortable for your rounder tummy and hips by selecting a big plane that is flown by a size-friendly airline. Also be sure to check out the airplane seating charts on seatguru.com, reserve an aisle seat and take your own seat belt extender.
  • Don’t avoid holiday pictures, either formal portraits or informal photos. Remember: Photos capture the memories. You sure don’t want to be without the memories ten years from now just because you thought you have too many chins this year!
  • Go to all the parties and gatherings. For informal get-togethers, Avenue and Catherines are great sources for reasonably-priced, holiday separates. Need a party outfit? You don’t have to spend a mint. “Holiday-up” your black slacks or suit with a red satin blouse or a crisp white blouse with some great braid or velvet ribbon from the sewing counter tied around your waist.
  • For a little more formality, consider adding a gold or silver scarf or pin to a red or black dress. Check out Ulla Popken or Kiyonna for dresses that look great now and for your after-holiday needs. Add a pair of velvet or metallic flats from Wal-mart or Target for less than $15.

Tip #2: Don’t be afraid to create memories that incorporate your personal sense of style.

  • Put a little confetti in your holiday cards.
  • Bake dog and cat treats for gifts for your neighbors (holiday magazines have the recipes).
  • Give indulgence balls as hostess or office gifts. Just fill craft store mesh ornaments with a scented tea candle, a few Hershey kisses, a bubble bath capsule, a tiny sachet pillow, a pair of dice, a few stickers or a gift certificate for ice cream or a cup of coffee or a hamburger.

Tip #3: It’s hard to show your style when you are stressed out.

  • Avoid the malls. Go once to see the decorations and to get into the spirit. Then, come home slip off your shoes and shop online. For extra time and postage savings: Have your selections gift wrapped and shipped directly to your family and friends.
  • Set practical objectives for family gatherings. You can’t solve 20 years of family problems in one afternoon. When your sister harasses you about weight, tell her “Thanks” and change the subject.
  • Don’t wait until January to get your stressed body moving. Start walking today. Put your favorite tunes on the iPod and walk … don’t stroll … around the block, around the mall or in place in front of your TV – but walk.

Tip #4: Give. It’s the best medicine for the hurting heart or the sad soul.

  • Drop off a card or a little surprise at an elderly neighbor’s door.
  • Offer to baby sit while a young mother or couple finish their holiday preparations.
  • Buy a new toy or drop off a warm coat for the women’s shelter.

Tip #5: Use the after holiday sales to your best advantage.

  • Use common sense. Remember: If it didn’t look good on you when it was full price, it’s not going to look any better when it’s half price.
  • Buying on sale lets you purchase clothes that may be a little better made than you usually buy; but, for a lot less money the regular price.
  • Treat your grand style to an item or a color that you truly love but that that you would usually not purchase at full price. Let your style shine through the holidays.

Happy Holidays!

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Big and Tall Recliner: Shopping Tips

Shopping for a big and tall recliner with extra width, extra length and lots of stability can be difficult:

  • Weight Capacity – Some retailers only sell recliners designed to hold a person who weighs 250 pounds or less.
  • Description – Some recliners may be sold as “oversized;” but, this adjective only refers to the seat width, not the weight capacity or the fully-reclined length.
  • Length – Some recliners may hold more weight; but, a tall person will also need a recliner that has a taller back and a longer length when fully reclined.
  • Delivery Time – Some retailers can order a sturdy recliner designed to hold someone who weighs up to 500 pounds; however, they require a special order that may take months to deliver.

Several of the big name recliner companies are now making and stocking recliners which are perfect for the larger or taller person. Prices tend to be cheaper online; so, our editors recommend checking the recliners out in a retail store environment and then ordering your recliner online.

Big and Tall Recliner: Features to Look For

Recliners are sold with a very long list of features. To make your shopping easier, here are the basic features to look for:

  • Weight Capacity – Look for a capacity that exceeds the weight of the largest person in the household. This will make sure that the recliner is sturdy enough to support children and pets who may also pile on.
  • Seat Width – At least 21 inches.
  • Seat Height – At least 18 inches.
  • Length – For a tall person, the back height should be at least 45 inches and the fully reclined length should be at least 75 inches.
  • Seating Positions – At least three – upright, slightly reclined with leg support and fully reclined with leg support.
  • Durability – Look for springs in the seat and a strong construction. Some recliners are made from wood; but, the really sturdy recliners have steel construction.

Where to Purchase

    Big Tall Recliner
    Big & Tall Marcus Fabric Recliner

  • JCPenney – The Big & Tall Marcus Fabric Recliner is very comfortable for tall people and has a weight capacity of 400 pounds. It is 45″ wide and 44″ high. It is available in 6 reclining options including a swivel rocker, a gliding recliner as well as a power recliner that moves from fully upright to fully reclined in 7 seconds.
  • Serta – The Serta Big & Tall Memory Foam Massage Recliner has a memory foam seat and very soft back support. The back heated massage function adjusts with a remote control. It has a 24 inch wide seat and a 29 inch back.
  • Lane Furniture – The Lane Home Furnishings Stallion Recliner has a heavy-duty steel frame and holds up to 500 pounds. It is also great for tall people since it fully reclines to 79 inches.
  • Wayfair – The La-Z-Boy Crandell Rocker Recliner is a leather recliner with a 22 inch wide seat that is over 21 inches off the ground; but, it only has a weight capacity of 300 pounds. It is excellent for a taller person since it is 74 inches when fully reclined.

Bottomline: Whether you are shopping for a gift or for your own home, be sure to shop for a big and tall recliner based on specific features that will give you a more comfortable and more stable piece of furniture.

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Big & Tall Guy Gifts: Give Him Fun & Comfort

Get the perfect big & tall guy gifts for the big or tall guy in your life. Finding the perfect gift or the perfect fit can sometimes be difficult for big & tall guys; so, a gift from you that fits him and his lifestyle will really be appreciated.

Big & Tall Guy Gifts: Big & Tall Clothing & Accessories

Amazon and DestinationXL are awesome sources for clothing for the big & tall guy. Here are a few ideas:

Big & Tall Guy Team Logo Tees
DestinationXL TeeGuys of all ages who actively follow professional sports love to wear their team’s logo on their tee. Don’t let your guy’s size keep him from supporting his favorite team. Check out the team logo tees at Destination XL.

Big Head Cap
Big & tall guys often have big heads and can’t find fun caps and hats. Pick up one (or more!) for your favorite guy. Whether he enjoys a team logo on a baseball cap, a trendy cap or a fishing hat, he’ll enjoy your gift every time he wears it!

Sizing tip: If standard size caps are a real tight fit on your guy, look for a size 8 or a XXL cap.

If he has fuller hair or if you are unsure of his hat size (except that you know he can’t wear the regular “off the rack” sizes!), look for an XXL or size 8 cap with an adjustable band – either at the back or on the inside band.

Long Belts for Big & Tall Guy Gifts
DestinationXL BeltWhether he needs a casual or a more formal belt, it can be hard to find one that is attractive and long enough. DestinationXL and Amazon both have several styles in a wide range of prices. For example, check out the military-style web belt, a belt that looks equally good on jeans and slacks and the Durabelt leather belt at DestinationXL.

Sturdy Seating

Surprise your guy with a chair, stool or seat that he can be comfortable in while he enjoys his outdoor or indoor activities.

Soccer dads, fishermen and outdoor loungers will enjoy having a comfortble portable chair that is designed for a larger body. Check out the Coleman chair from Amazon as well as the folding beach chair from DestinationXL.

If your guy like to be “in-person” at sporting events but the bleacher seats are killing his back, he will appreciate the stadium seat from DestinationXL that provides comfortable support through the entire game.

DestinationXL Mesh Back SupportBig & tall guys who sit for long stretches in office chairs will enjoy the mesh back support from DestinationXL. It provides back support combined with lots of space for cooling air.

Car and Truck Seat Belt Extenders

Sometimes just a few inches can make a difference between a too-tight seat belt and a comfortable ride. Your big & tall guy doesn’t have to sacrifice comfort for safety. Buy him a seat belt extender for his car or truck.

Amazon and Destination XL both have great options for seat belt extenders.

You can also obtain seat belt extenders from your car or truck dealer. Just place an order in the parts department.

OK gift givers. Start your engines and pick the perfect gifts for the big & tall guy. He will appreciate your gift for many years as you make his life easier and more fun.

Need more tips on living as a plus size woman or big & tall man? Check out GrandStyle’s
recent plus size living posts and recent plus size clothing posts.
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