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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

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    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.

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Size-Friendly Furniture: Key Features to Shop For

The key to purchasing size-friendly furniture is knowing which features to look for and knowing where to shop. Yes, the color and style of the furniture is important; but, in the long run, you will find that the color and style will not be as important to you as how well the comfort and appearance hold up over the years.

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Big & Tall Marcus Fabric Recliner
Whether you are purchasing a recliner, a patio chair or a mattress, be sure you do your homework. Ask lots of questions. Make sure the furniture has all the key features that result in long-term comfort and appearance after many years of use by larger bodies.

Key Features for Size-Friendly Furniture


Well-constructed furniture will be more durable and more comfortable. It will:

  • be made of materials that don’t break down over time after supporting the weight of larger bodies
  • be made with joints and supports to hold a larger body without poking or prodding
  • have moving parts (i.e. the reclining mechanism in a recliner or the fold out legs of a patio chair) which will withstand the pressure of heavier bodies without breaking down
  • use soft parts (i.e. the cushions of a chair or the foam on a mattress) that will not break down and lose their shape

size-friendly furniture: air mattressSome of the clues to well-constructed furniture are solid or laminated wood and the overall weight of the furniture or mattress. Consumer Reports Mattress Buying Guide that details the various types of mattresses. Consumer Reports members can also access has an excellent online mattress ratings.

Fabric Quality

Even with great construction, a piece of furniture could lose its value if the fabric breaks down. Good quality fabric will not rip, fade or pull apart at the seams. Look for:

  • thicker fabrics that will withstand prolonged seating or movement by heavier bodies
  • tightly woven fabrics that will not rip or split with pressure
  • fabric blends that will stand up to vigorous use (i.e. heavy weight cottons or leather)

Delicate fabrics may look great on a chair; but, if the chair is going to be used daily, the fabric may split or rip apart at the seams.

Shopping Tips for Size-Friendly Furniture

  1. Don’t let price be your only deciding factor. Well-constructed furniture and mattresses which are made of quality fabrics are more expensive. A good shopping technique is to wait until the well-constructed chair or mattress goes on sale. Good months for furniture sales are January/February and August/September. You can save up to 50%. Mattress sales in February will save you as much as 33%.
  2. Look for a warranty of five years or more. The longer the better. The warranty is the manufacturer’s promise of how long the furniture will remain functional. Sometimes the warranty will be for replacement of parts known to need replacement over time (i.e. foam edges on cushions or mattresses).
  3. Go online to research what’s available and where to purchase. Manufacturers will often provide specs and details that will make comparison shopping easier. Manufacturers’ website, or a quick search on Google or Yahoo will point out where the chosen furniture and mattresses can be purchased.

You can make your life easier with size-friendly furniture. All it takes is a little online research to find indoor furniture, outdoor furniture and mattresses for everyday lifestyle needs or a gift for dad.

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