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3 Heavy Duty Sofas for Heavy People Being Tested

The 8 Best Sofas for a Heavy Person

Being overweight is a struggle for many, but you already know that. Besides, the last thing we want to do is give you a lecture.

But carrying a few extra pounds has many more complications, not just your health. For one, it can be challenging to find furniture that supports the heavier frame.

But before you give up, there is hope. We’ve spent the past week roadtesting a range of sofas.

And we’ve got some good news for you. There is a wide choice of stylish furniture out there, designed for the heavier person. Just take a look at the Modway Engage Mid-Century Modern Upholstered Fabric Sofa, which has a weight capacity of 1,700 pounds!

Whether you are looking for a uber-comfortable sectional or a cute lounge chair, you need not fear. We’ve compiled 8 of the best sofas on the market today, perfect for the heavier individual.


Best Sofa for Heavy Person Chart

Picture Name Feature Rating
Best sofa for durability
5.0
Best sofa for a heavy person + the rest of the family!
4.7
Best for napping and pain relief
4.5
Best for modern rooms
4.4
Best for lounging
4.3
Best for compact, smaller areas
4.3
Best for solo use
4.4
Best in aesthetics
4.3

The Best Heavy Duty Sofas

Modway Engage Mid-Century Modern Upholstered Fabric Sofa

Love nothing more than snuggling on your couch with your loved ones? The Modway Engage’s Mid-century sofa is here to save the day.

  • Best sofa for durability
  • Weight capacity: 1,700 pounds
  • Rating: 5/5

Are you looking for something durable to stand up to everything you and your family can throw at it? This ‘on trend’ couch is exactly what you need.

Check out its chic, yet durable, cherry-stained frame and rubberwood legs. These features would not look out of place in a designer homes magazine or in the living room of your favorite Instagram star. But get this – despite its sleek exterior, it can handle many people with a combined weight of 1,700 pounds.

More than being sturdy, the Modway Engage provides that much-needed comfort as well. With a seat depth of 24.5 inches, it allows you to recline to a much more relaxed position.  This makes it perfect for cuddling up in front of the television on a rainy day.

The seat cushions are also 6 inches thick, providing adequate support and extra comfort where it matters most.

Despite its bulky design, this Modway sofa is incredibly pleasing to the eye. A popular choice amongst design-conscious buyers, it comes in a wide range of colors (10 to be exact). Whether you want a classic grey or a vibrant teal, there’s guaranteed to be a look that will complement your existing space.

One of the greatest things about this sofa is that upkeep is very minimal. Upholstered with resilient polyester fabric, it can withstand daily wear and tear, making it ideal for a home with a young family.

If we had to recommend one couch for the heavier person, the Modway Engage would be it. You only have to take a look at the significant number of positive reviews to work out this sofa is a very wise investment for you and your home.


Modway Engage Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofa

A sectional sofa is an excellent choice for big and tall individuals. What’s more, it’s incredibly useful for a home with irregular spaces.

  • Best sofa for a heavy person + the rest of the family!
  • Combined weight capacity: 2,600 pounds (1,300 lbs for the loveseat and 1,300 lbs for the chaise)
  • Rating: 4.7/5

But before we dive in any further, let’s take a moment to appreciate the immense weight capacity of this couch. The generous capacity of this sofa is enough to support you and your entire family. The depth and spaciousness make lounging for one or more people super comfortable.

With the highest weight capacity on our list, if durability is your concern, then look no further. This sofas loveseat and chaise can accommodate 1,300 pounds each.

Thanks to its wooden rubber legs and 6-inch supportive cushions, it can comfortably seat plus-sized individuals. With the extra space, there’s extra space for your family, friends, and your dog!

Sectionals can sometimes get a bad rap. Designed to be extremely customizable, users often complain that the individual parts slide away from each other too often.  Well, some more good news for you – the Modway sectional comes with a sturdy clip system. This system works to hold the sectionals shape.

While it can support your entire family, the Modway sectional is by no means a bulky eyesore. It only weighs 182 pounds, with dimensions measuring 69.5 x 109.5 x 33.5 inches. These measurements make it perfect for a mid- to large-sized room.

The cushions (as well as their covers) are removable, so you can plump them at the end of the day to keep your couch looking as inviting as ever.

While the Modway Engage sectional is an easy sell, do consider your room layout! Remember, this is a left-facing, non-reversible sectional. As such, it may not complement all types of spaces.

Check out our easy to follow guide for tips on measuring up for your sectional.


Coaster Home Furnishings Weissman Pillow Padded Sofa

Experience back pain due to poor posture? This couch could solve your problems once and for all.

  • Best for napping and pain relief
  • Weight capacity: 825 pounds
  • Rating: 4.5/5

Heavier individuals are more prone to experiencing health problems. One of these is joint pain from poor posture when seated. If you are all too familiar with this issue, a reclining chair could be your saving grace.

For one, a recliner can provide significant relief to your lower back and joints. Adjusted to your preferred position, it can help reduce joint pressure and pain. Plus, its very comfortable just to kick back, raise your feet and enjoy a well-deserved nap.

Construction-wise, this sofa comes with luxurious fleece, which provides warmth during the winter. For that reason, you may find it is somewhat suited to cooler environments. Saying that, the couch lining is polyester. This fabric can wick perspiration away from your body during the summer days to keep you fresh.

As these fabrics are resistant to wear and tear, you won’t have to worry about creases and damage.

With its host of attractive features, you may find yourself spending a lot of time on this sofa. But don’t worry too much about ruining its shape! That’s because it’s made with plush cushions and generously stuffed armrests. Such materials can keep the sofa looking inviting for years to come.

A considerable benefit to this couch is that, unlike other recliners, you don’t need to worry about this sofa taking up too much space. With its wall-hugging design, you only need to allow 4 inches of rear clearance. Fuss-free relaxation!


Lifestyle Solutions Collection Grayson Micro-fabric Sofa

Are you looking for a smaller sofa that fits neatly into tighter spaces? Look no further as this item from Changjie Furniture is perfect for you.

  • Best for compact, smaller areas
  • Weight capacity: 450 pounds
  • Rating: 4.3/5

Despite its compact design, it comes with a solid wood frame. This means this cute loveseat can accommodate you and your partner. They don’t call it a loveseat for nothing!

Oh, and by the way, this chair is stunning. With its dusty pink allure, this wide seated chair would look perfect in a chic, modern apartment

As you see, this loveseat has a generous seat depth of 20 inches. Although it is shorter than some others on our list, this depth allows you to sit upright. With such a design, this product may be useful for maintaining a straight posture, perfect for those suffering from backaches and pains.

Even though it keeps you upright, it doesn’t mean its any less comfortable. In fact, you can easily use it as a chair to relax in after a hard day. We think this loveseat is perfect for evening reading your new favorite novel.

The seat has cushions made with a high-elastic sponge and S-shaped support springs. With these features, it’s no wonder it scored very well in our comfort test.

Design-wise, this chair comes in 6 unique color options. There are classics such as beige, grey, blue, and patterned blue. If you have a modern space, then you could opt for the vibrant shades of orange and green.

While this loveseat comes with many strong features, it does have one pitfall: the lack of an armrest. The lack of this may be a bit of a pain for those who like resting their arms when sitting.


Lifestyle Solutions Collection Grayson Micro-fabric Sofa Brown

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Some people find it hard to find a beautiful yet hard-wearing sofa. Good thing the Grayson Micro-fabric Sofa comes in an earthy brown shade as well. Backed by a 1-year warranty, it features wooden legs and frame that can accommodate you and up to 2 others.

  • Best for lounging
  • Weight capacity: 790 pounds
  • Rating: 4.3/5

Compared to other sofas, its cushions won’t lose shape even after extended use. Why might you ask? Well, its made with high-density foam, which doesn’t sag as quickly as other materials. The cushions even feature responsive foam layers that hug your body’s contours.

Given its seat depth of 20.5 inches, this type of foam can keep your head, shoulders, and hips well-aligned. This makes it incredibly comfortable and encourages proper posture when seated.

Apart from being durable and comfortable, the Grayson sofa is very easy to clean. Since it’s lined with microfiber, you can erase stains and spills with some water and soap. You can also use a lint roller for pet hairs, dust, and other dirt.

Another significant advantage of this sofa is its assembly. Compared to other sofas, putting together this high-quality model is straightforward to do. With its click-in design, you can assemble this sofa in as little as 15 minutes.


Cushioned Linen Armless Settee Loveseat

Are you looking for a smaller sofa that fits neatly into tighter spaces? Look no further as this item from Changjie Furniture is perfect for you.

  • Best sofa for heavy person for compact, smaller areas
  • Weight capacity: 450 pounds
  • Rating: 4.3/5

Despite its compact design, it comes with a solid wood frame. This means this cute loveseat can accommodate you and your partner. They don’t call it a loveseat for nothing!

Oh, and by the way, this chair is stunning. With its dusty pink allure, this wide seated chair would look perfect in a chic, modern apartment

As you see, this loveseat has a generous seat depth of 20 inches. Although it is shorter than some others on our list, this depth allows you to sit upright. With such a design, this product may be useful for maintaining a straight posture, perfect for those suffering from backaches and pains.

Even though it keeps you upright, it doesn’t mean its any less comfortable. In fact, you can easily use it as a chair to relax in after a hard day. We think this loveseat is perfect for evening reading your new favorite novel.

The seat has cushions made with a high-elastic sponge and S-shaped support springs. With these features, it’s no wonder it scored very well in our comfort test.

Design-wise, this chair comes in 6 unique color options. There are classics such as beige, grey, blue, and patterned blue. If you have a modern space, then you could opt for the vibrant shades of orange and green.

While this loveseat comes with many strong features, it does have one pitfall: the lack of an armrest. The lack of this may be a bit of a pain for those who like resting their arms when sitting.


Modway Engage Mid-Century Modern Upholstered Fabric Accent Arm Lounge Chair

If you are looking for a chair to claim as your own, then consider this lounge chair from Modway. And while it’s only made for 1, it can fit more – as long as both have a combined weight of 440 pounds.

  • Best for heavy person for solo use
  • Weight capacity: 440 pounds
  • Rating: 4.4/5

This durable lounge chair sits on cherry wood, which is famous for its durable properties. Despite its sturdiness, it’s surprisingly comfortable. With a seat depth of 24.5 inches, you can comfortably whittle away a few hours (and fight the urge to take a quick nap).

Made with polyester fabric upholstery, this seat retains its shape even with prolonged use. As a bonus, the fabric is also effortless to clean. Simply remove stains by spot-cleaning them with warm water and detergent.

With its contemporary style, this lounge chair is an excellent decorative piece for any room. While it best complements the Modway Engage love chair and sofa, you can use it with other couches as well. Available in 10 colors, you can definitely find a color to complement your existing decor.


Modway Prospect Channel Tufted Upholstered Velvet Loveseat

Looking for a dreamy, romantic loveseat for your living room or bedroom? Then this barrel back loveseat from Modway is our top pick. With its chic Chesterfield design, it can spruce up any space – for a very affordable price.

  • Best in aesthetics
  • Weight capacity: 331 pounds
  • Rating: 4.3/5

One of the things that set this loveseat apart is its velvet upholstery. While it may be elegantly plush, this fabric is resistant to stains. Spilled wine or melted chocolate on the sofa? A simple damp cloth will make removal light work.

What’s great about this loveseat is that it comes in 9 colors and 4 designs. The mid-century modern style is undoubtedly the most popular choice. You can also opt for a channel-tufted, button-tufted, or transitional design.

Although this loveseat is usually picked for its aesthetics, it definitely competes with our other picks when it comes to sturdiness. After all, it rests on espresso-stained wooden legs with non-marking caps.

While it has a lower weight capacity compared to others, it makes for a stylish addition for any small space.


Best Sofa For Heavy Person Buying Guide


What Makes a Sofa Suitable for a Heavier Person?

A sturdy sofa can support a person with a heavier weight. Although most sofas can adequately support a diverse range of weights, over time, they can show visible signs of wear and damage.

At the same time, the design of these couches provides exceptional comfort to the user.


Things To Look For In a Suitable Sofa for a Heavy Person

Weight Capacity

In general, a couch for 1 heavy person should have a capacity of at least 250 pounds. Simply multiply this capacity according to the number of users, i.e., 750 pounds for a 3-seater couch.

A great example of this is the Lifestyle Solutions Collection Grayson Micro-fabric Sofa. This has a 790-pound capacity, which can comfortably seat 3 individuals.

Always check the maximum weight capacity before purchasing to ensure it can adequately meet the needs of you and your family.

Durability

To ensure your sofa stands the test of time, opt for those using high-quality materials. Examples include high-density foam and solid wood. These materials can keep your furniture in tiptop condition for many years to come.

Seat Depth And Space

The usual recommended seat depth is 21 to 24 inches. For extra comfort, add extra depth!

Cushioning

Cushioning can be very subjective. We find that the best sofas for heavier persons are usually made with stiffer-than-usual cushions. This is because softer seats can lose shape/structure with prolonged use.

Tilted Back

While a reclining couch such as the Coaster Home Furnishings sofa is an excellent choice, many sofa backs come with a slight incline or’ tilt.’

A sofa that is too ‘upright’ can be particularly hard on your back. Adding in this slight decline is a fantastic way to prevent this.

Design

When picking your next couch, you should also consider your room’s design and layout. We’re pretty sure with the 8 beautiful options from this list you can find something stylish and durable.

Easy-To-Clean Fabric

Apart from durability and comfort, consider a chair that is very easy to clean.

It’s best to go with wipeable fabric such as microfiber, as it does not need deep cleaning. An excellent example of this is the Lifestyle Solutions Collection Grayson Sofa.


How To Maintain A Sofa For A Heavy Person

As with any other piece of furniture, you must maintain and take care of your couch. Here are some tips that can help prolong the life of your sofa:

Clean Your Sofa Regularly

Vacuum your sofa regularly to get rid of dust and dirt. As for stains, make sure to clean them immediately with a damp cloth.

It’s essential to let the spot dry naturally before sitting on it. This will help prevent the forming of unsightly creases on your couch.

Plump And Flip Your Cushions

Sitting on a particular spot for long periods can ruin your seat cushion. As such, it’s best to flip your cushions regularly.

Also remember to plump your cushions, especially if they contain fiber or feathers. This will help maintain their shape, keeping you comfy even with prolonged use.

Keep It Away From Sunlight

Exposure to the sun could fade and bleach your sofa. It’s best to keep them away from the windows. If this is not possible, then do close your blinds whenever the sun is at its peak.


Conclusion

When it comes to sofas for bulkier individuals, they need to be more than just durable – they should be comfy as well. After all, what’s the point in owning a couch if you can’t relax on it after a busy day?

While all the listed sofas are exceptional, the Modway Engage Modern Sofa is the clear winner. With its rubberwood legs, it can hold a capacity of 1,700 pounds. It’s also comfy enough with its generous seat depth and soft as marshmallow cushions.

Should you need more seating, maybe the Modway sectional sofa is a better choice. This runner-up has a combined weight capacity of 2,600 pounds. This makes it perfect for small families or those who have regular visitors.


Frequent Questions About Sofas for Heavy People

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