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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.

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Tips on Selecting the Best Mattress for a Plus Size Person

If you understand a few key facts about mattresses, you can improve your shopping success when purchasing a mattress for a plus size person. Some construction materials provide better support and last longer. Some types of mattresses are more comfortable and make it easier for a heavy person to turn and move on the mattress.

Most mattresses are designed to support a total weight of about 300 pounds. Over time, if the two sleepers weight more than 300 pounds, the mattress may start to break down and one, or both sleepers may “bottom out” – when the mattress sinks so far down that the sleeper is touching the box springs.

Key Mattress Features


To maximize comfort, the general rule is the thicker the better for providing comfort to a heavy body. Mattresses that are too thin for the sleeper’s weight will just smash down and provide uncomfortable pressure points.

A mattress needs to be at least 8″ thick to support the pressure on the mattress from the total weight of two 300-pound sleepers. You should consider a 12” mattress if one or the total weight of both of the sleepers is in the 400 to 500-pound range.


You should select the firmness of your mattress based on the weight of the sleepers who will use the mattress. The heavier the sleeper, the further the sleeper will sink into the mattress.

Plus size sleepers tend to appreciate medium-firm or firm mattresses in order to get the support they need.

Edge Support

You don’t just use a mattress for sleeping. It also functions as a base for sitting, as you sit on the edge to put on your socks or to watch television.

Plus size sleepers need a stable and firm edge that will not collapse when they are sleeping towards the edge of the bed or sitting on the edge of the bed.

Mattress construction with springs have a firmer edge support than a foam construction mattress.


Heavier sleepers tend give off more body heat than lighter sleepers. To avoid being “too hot” while you sleep, you need to have a mattress that breathes.

A foam mattress does not breathe as much as a coil mattress; so, it will absorb and retain heat.

Types of Mattresses

Some mattresses are comprised of only one construction material; however, many mattresses combine layers of different construction material. This “layered” approach can be particularly useful by providing the distinct benefits provided by each type of material.

Memory Foam

Memory foam is very comfortable since it molds to your body shape. Some sleepers say it is like sleeping on a cloud.

Memory foam is available in a variety of density formulations.

  • Low density memory foam is not recommended for a heavier sleeper because it is slow response foam, meaning that it takes a long time for the foam to regain its original height. This makes it difficult for the sleeper to find a stable point to use as a platform when moving around in the bed.
  • Medium and high density memory foam formulations are constructed with cell structures and gels that allow breathability which makes the mattress cooler and sleeping more comfortable.

For heavier sleepers, the ideal mattress would have at least 4 inches of memory foam, preferably as the top layer. The density of the memory foam mattress should be at least 4.0 pounds in the memory foam and over 2.0 pounds in used as a support layer.

If you want the value of a regular foam mattress, but the comfort factors of memory foam, look for a mattress that is topped with at least 10” of memory foam. For example, the DynastyMattress Cool Breeze 12-Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress has 3” of gel foam on top of two layers of 2” airflow form and 5” of high density foam.


A latex mattress is more durable and more supportive than a polyurethane foam mattress. Latex is a good balance between the comfort of a memory foam mattress and the support of a coil mattress.

Latex mattresses do not absorb heat like a memory foam mattress; so, it provides the benefit of a cooling sleep environment.

A latex mattress also provides good bounce; so, it is easier to move around on than a low density memory foam mattress.

Latex is available in layers and can be used with other mattress constructions. A mattress constructed totally of latex layers will provide more support and durability than a mattress that only has a latex layer above other mattress constructions.


Innerspring mattresses are popular with plus size sleepers since they are less expensive than many foam and latex mattresses and they provide a bounce that makes it easier to move around on the bed. However, A low quality innerspring mattress can provide inconsistent support, often creating uncomfortable pressure points.

On the other hand, a high quality innerspring with two layers of coils (often referred to as coil-on-coil construction) can provide a very supportive, comfortable sleep as well as provide firm edge support. For maximum comfort look for at least 2 inches of latex or medium or high density foam.

Air Mattress

Destination XL Big & Tall AirCloud Majestic Air MattressA heavy duty air mattress is constructed to support heavy body weights. It can be used on a box spring, in a bed frame or directly on the floor.

There are many brands of air mattresses with a 500-pound capacity. Remember: The weight capacity refers to both sleepers. So, if the mattress has a 500-pound capacity, and one person weighs 300 pounds, then the other person cannot weigh more than 200 pounds.

Look for a thick air mattress if you are going to use the air mattress on the floor or in your bed frame. This will make it easier to get up and down to the mattress. For example, the Big & Tall AirCloud Majestic Auto-Inflate Queen Air Mattress has a 750-pound weight capacity and is a comfortable 20 inches from the floor…about the height of a chair seat.

Shopping Tips for a Mattress for a Plus Size Person

You spend about 1/3 of your life in bed; so, your mattress is an investment in your body’s health and comfort. Be sure you purchase the best mattress for your needs, not just the best deal.

Firmer mattresses will hold up longer than low-quality foam or fiber mattresses.

When shopping for a mattress for a plus size person, consider the specific benefits of the various types of mattresses. Sometimes the best mattress for you might be a combination of layers of various types of mattresses.

Don’t just shop based on price. The lower-cost mattress may feel comfortable for a few months; but, it will not provide the level of comfort you need for the life of the mattress.

Life: How to Make a Size-Friendly Life

Do you live a size-friendly life? Are your activities (and your life in general!) not fitting your plus size body comfortably? Check out these great products and resources. BTW, they all make great gifts for plus size dads, moms, friends and kids.

Products for a Size-Friendly Life

Folding outdoor chairs too small or seem wobbly?
You CAN buy sturdy, comfortable outdoor furniture regardless of your size.

Amazon.com is a great source for well-made, comfortable outdoor furniture for larger bodies. They have many options, including a super sturdy portable chair that has a 1,000-pound capacity.

Showers in your bathtub seem too narrow?
Consider a curved curtain rod to get that extra mid-tub clearance that you need for a comfortable shower experience. Rod extends from 52″ to 71″.

Car seat belts feel tight?
Amazon has seat belt extenders that fit 97% of all motor vehicles manufactured after 2000. No special installation or tools are needed.

Hangers too short?
Giant tubular plastic hangers are great for plus size and big & tall clothing such as dresses, shirts, coats, jackets and suits.

Hard to kneel when gardening?
Check out this easy to use padded platform to sit on or kneel on when gardening. Side handles make it easy to get up and down.

Air mattresses leaking?
Big & Tall AirCloud Majestic Auto-Inflate Queen Air Mattress has a flocked-velvet, pillow-top sleeping surface. Inflates in less than 2 minutes. 19″ height makes it easy to get in and out. King and full sizes also available.

Enjoy a size-friendly life! Use the products that make life easier and more fun.