Updated on July 6th, 2023 at 09:51 pm

I’m sitting here getting ready to spend the day at the beach, and I’m wondering if my beach chair is going to be sturdy and comfortable enough for me to relax all day.

Since I’m on the heavier side, I can’t buy just any chair; I need something that fits the size of my body.

What should a heavy person look for when buying a beach chair?

The best beach chair for a heavy person needs to have a high weight capacity, sturdy frame, and wide dimensions. It also needs to be comfortable, and the height should be relatively high from the ground to make getting out of it easy. Storage space, stability, and portability of the beach chair are also crucial factors.

Let’s take a closer look at what each characteristic means and how you can rest assured you have chosen the right beach chair for your body size.

Weight capacity

When deciding which beach chair to pick, you should pay close attention to the maximum weight capacity. The weight limit of each model is always listed along with other relevant product information, and you can check if the particular model can hold your weight.

Most heavy-duty beach chairs can support at least 300lbs, but there are also various brands and models designed to support up to 500lbs, or even more. The chair needs to lift your weight without any issues.

I’ll tell you a little secret – since you never know what will happen with your weight in the near future, it is wise to buy a chair with a weight capacity exceeding your own weight by at least 50lbs.

Chair frame

Since larger people need stronger chairs, they should pay special attention to beach chairs with durable and sturdy frames. My recommendation –  choose models made of either steel or aluminum.

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Steel is stronger, whereas aluminum is lighter, and therefore, easier to carry. Chair legs take a lot of weight, especially when the user is sitting down, and they need to be strong enough to carry the user’s weight comfortably.

Plus-size beach chairs also need strong arms since most of us support ourselves on the arms while sitting down and standing up.

Extra wide dimensions

Although it is not always true, most heavier people are also big in size. That’s why if you are a big person, you need to opt for beach chairs with wide dimensions. Unfortunately, there are too many standard-size beach chairs, and not enough models with plenty of room for someone who is heavy.

When choosing a beach chair, pay attention to the width of the seat. Larger people usually need a wide sitting area so that they feel comfortable in the chair. Armrests and a backrest should be wide enough to fit people with larger arms adequately.

If you are a plus-size person, the last thing you want is to sit in a chair that makes you feel stuck, and therefore, prevents you from enjoying your day at the beach.


The last thing you want is to have an uncomfortable chair. The best beach chair must be comfortable at all times, no matter if you are sitting on it for 5 minutes or a couple of hours.  So even though you may love your Heavy duty adirondack chair, you wouldn’t want to sit in that for 6 hours while at the beach.

Some of the features you can count on to enhance the level of comfort are comfortable armrests so that your hand doesn’t get tired from a hard armrest, sufficient padding, a headrest so that you don’t feel pain in your neck, and proper lumbar support for your spine. Make sure to consider these features when searching for the right beach chair.


Another important factor to consider is the height of the chair. If it is a bit difficult for you to stand up or sit down, it would be the best idea to opt for a taller chair, farther away from the ground. That way, getting in and out of the chair will be much easier.

Getting a taller chair is especially an excellent solution if you are a big and tall person, instead of just big. On the other hand, if you don’t plan to be the only user, you may want to consider getting a beach chair with adjustable legs.

Storage space

In order to get as much as possible from a beach chair, you should pick models with built-in features that will enhance luxury during a day at the beach. If you love reading books while listening to the relaxing sound of waves, opt for a chair with built-in space for your favorite book.

In case you just want to relax and enjoy the view while sipping on your favorite drink, choose models with a cup holder so that you don’t have to put your drink on the sand. No matter how you want to pass the time while at the beach, don’t forget to choose beach chairs with holders and storage pouches for all your belongings.


The construction of heavy-duty beach chairs must ensure the chair is stable whenever the user sits down on it, in order to prevent the user from falling. Stability is especially important if you plan to use the chair on uneven surfaces, such as sand.

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The portability feature often tends to be overlooked, although it is quite important. The best beach chairs are lightweight and easy to transport, and they usually come with a carrying case or shoulder straps, which makes things even easier.

Having a beach chair that is easy to carry will save you tons of effort. Let’s look at it this way – you are not going to a boot camp. You will use this chair on your vacation, and the last thing you want is to carry a heavy beach chair with you.

How much weight can a beach chair hold?

Different beach chairs can hold different weights. The exact weight capacity of each chair is listed along with other relevant information in the manufacturer’s instructions.

Most beach chairs for heavy people have the weight limit of at least 300lbs. Don’t forget to check the weight limit of a particular chair model before making a purchase.

How wide is a beach chair?

The width of beach chairs also varies from one model to another. Generally, chairs for heavier people tend to be wider compared to standard models. However, this is not always true. Make sure the chair is wide enough so that you fit in it comfortably, without feeling stuck.

What is the best beach chair?

The answer to this question depends on your unique preferences and the size of your body. What is the best for you may be the worst for someone else, which is why there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question.

However, what I can tell you is this – the best beach chair can support your weight, it is durable, comfortable, has the right height, and plenty of storage space for all the belongings you may need while spending a day at the beach.

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