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What Type of Bar Stools Are Best for the Overweight?

Bar stools come in all shapes and sizes and can be used in living rooms, kitchens, bars, hotels and restaurants. Some bar stools have strong structures that accomodate more weight than others. With numerous design options and versatile bar stool styles available at furniture stores, you can choose a bar stool that is designed to offer structural support.


Floor-Mounted Designs

Bar stools with four legs are sturdy.

One of the most functional bar stool designs for overweight individuals is the floor-mounted design.  A floor-mounted bar stool is securely attached with bolts to the floor beneath it, ensuring support, non-slippage and non-tipping stability.

A floor-mounted bar stool reduces the likelihood that the stool will rest unevenly on the floor causing one of the legs to give way under added weight. 


Four-Leg Styles

Four-leg bar stools disperse the weight of an individual evenly across all four legs.  As a result, each leg is supporting less weight than if the bar stool only had three legs.

However, four-leg bar stools can tip more easily since the center of gravity shifts as an individual slides on or off of the stool. 


Wood Frames

Bar stools constructed from solid wood provide additional support for overweight occupants.  Hollow wood, plywood, particleboard and pressed wood do not offer the same stability and baseline support that solid wood provides.

Solid wood bar stools tend to be heavier than their counterparts and hold up well under stress. 


Metal Construction

Metal-constructed bar stools are a supportive option for overweight users.  Some bar stools have heavy-gauge steel tubular legs that provide a solid foundation for occupants.

This leg design does not bend or break easily and comes in both three-leg and four-leg design options. 

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