You don’t have to spend a lot to make life for the big guy easier and more fun. Here are a few ideas for big & tall men gifts under $50.
Shopping Ideas: Big & Tall Men Gifts Under $50
1. Make his shower more comfortable. Consider a curved shower curtain rod to get extra width between the wall and the shower curtain and he will have a more enjoyable shower experience. Very easy to install. Under $37.
2. Give him a hat that really fits his head like the Gray Ear Flap Baseball Cap from Big Head Caps. Under $35.
3. Let him sit comfortably. If he tailgates, fishes or just likes sitting in his yard, Amazon carries a wide selection of folding outdoor furniture that is super sturdy. Under $40. Is he an NFL fan? Then, be sure to check out the NFL folding outdoor chairs. 4. Give him more room when he drives. Seat belt extenders for cars and trucks are very affordable, require no installation and make a super gift. Under $20.
5. Sooth his aching muscles. Why fight with a tiny heating pad? Instead, check out the Sunbeam Renue Extra-Large Heating Wrap. Under $50.
6. Give him socks that fit his wide foot and leg. Destination XL has a 3-pack of extra-wide crew socks for casual or work. $30/3-pack. 7. Make it easier to complete projects at home or work with the CLC Suede Tool Bag with Web Belt. Under $20.
Every man, regardless of his size or age, will probably really enjoy a gift that makes his life easier and more fun. There are now lots of items available for the bigger, taller man. So, he no longer has to struggle with everyday items that are difficult to use because they are designed for smaller men.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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%.
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).
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.