Feedists for Fat Liberation held a mutual aid hangout where discussion revolved around accessible seating for fat people. Here are the highlights!

What to look for in accessible seating:

  • Sturdy
  • No restricting arms
  • Not attached or permanently fixed (e.g., booths, picnic tables, school desks)
  • Not too low
  • Not too tall
  • Not too squishy

Be your own best advocate!

  • Research before arriving: Look at images online of the restaurant or venue to see if you can be comfortable there
  • Ask for accommodation in person: Example – If you arrive at a restaurant and there are only seats with arms or fixed booths, ask if they have a chair without arms available
  • Call ahead to request accommodation: Example – At the Seattle Ballet, I got a chair without arms and sat near the wheelchair accessible areas

FFL is not affiliated with any company. The following are recommendations from superfat people.

Jessica’s recommendations:
A sturdy and comfy chair I use in my house as a computer chair or dining chair: Ozark Trail XXL Folding Padded Director Chair with Side Table, 600 lb Capacity https://www.amazon.com/Ozark-Folding-Padded-Director-Capacity/dp/B07WC69KKX

A sturdy chair I use for a dining chair or chair in my kitchen while I am cooking or doing dishes: Flash Furniture HERCULES Series Trapezoidal Back Stacking Banquet Chair in Black Vinyl – Black Frame https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004K7DKGU
Flash Furniture HERCULES Series has a number of 500 lb to 1000 lb capacity chairs that are basic dining chairs or church hall chairs

Sturdy couches
Home Reserve
Extremely sturdy 2000lb capacity

Expensive but Home Reserve 10 year warranty replaces broken parts easily

Computer chairs from internet searching:
Husky Office
Lots of selection for up to 500 lb capacity but only a few Concept Seating options for 550-800 lbs but cost from $2000 to $6000

Tips and lists from around the internet:
From Fat Lip Podcast’s blog http://thefatlip.com/2019/11/09/27-sturdy-chairs-for-fat-people/
From Lindley Ashline’s blog: https://bodyliberationphotos.com/2020/07/21/11-high-weight-limit-chairs-for-fat-folks-and-their-hosts/
From the Big Fat Gay Podcast https://www.bigfatgaypod.com/resources#FFF
From Marielle Elizabeth Body Positive Writing + Photography exploring Slow Fashion Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/posts/can-i-sit-here-52798132

Helpful humor
Nightmare chair instagram https://www.instagram.com/nightmare_chair/
Libbie Higgins
Patio Chairs