Exploring Furniture Design

Hello, I'm Nancy Gopher. Welcome to my site about furniture design and creation. I am crazy about making my own furniture. The furniture creation process always starts with a vision of the perfect design. I instantly jot the idea down on paper and tuck it into my wallet for later use. Upon returning home, I begin planning the materials and tools needed for the project. The materials range from wood and metal to plastic and fabric. I create my own chairs, tables, footrests, bookcases and bed frames. I will use this site to teach others how furniture products are made by hand. I will also explore all of the different furniture designs available on the market today. I hope that you will be intrigued by this subject and visit my site on a daily basis.

A Guide To Buying Plus Size Furniture


In the 1960s, 46 percent of American adults between the ages of 20 and 74 were considered to be overweight. By the year 2006, the percentage had risen to 73. As a result, the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer's Association has altered the standards used when testing furniture to determine what is safe and durable for the "average" American. For example, the standard office chair went from having a weight capacity of 220 pounds to 250.

Despite the increase in overweight American adults and the changes in standards, it is not just overweight customers shopping for the bigger pieces of furniture. Whether you are overweight or just want a larger and more comfortable piece for your living room, here are some tips to make the selection process a little easier.

Read Between the Marketing Lines

According to Max Shangle, a professor and chairman of furniture design, many furniture manufacturers utilize subtle marketing for plus size furniture. For example, a manufacturer may advertise a chair as "big enough for two" to make sure the customer knows the chair has a high weight capacity without offending the customer. As you are shopping, just keep in mind pieces of furniture marketed as being supportive enough to hold more than one person are also going to double as plus size furniture.

Avoid Single Seating with Arms

A narrow kitchen or office chair with arms intended for comfort do not work for a person with wide hips. In fact, one of two problems will normally arise:

  • The seat is too narrow for the person to even sit down in it
  • The person can sit down in it, but the arms press sharply into the hips

The easy solution to this shopping problem is to avoid narrow chairs and single seating with arms. At the very least, you should look for adjustable arms that can be folded down and out of the way. It will not matter if oversized chairs, couches, and other seating intended for more than one person has arms as there should be more than enough room for a person with wider hips to sit comfortably.

As you are shopping, the best thing you can do for yourself is knowing the dimensions of your body. Take the time to measure how wide your hips are beforehand and avoid purchasing a place to sit with a seat that isn't, at least, a few inches wider than the widest part of your hips. To find out more, speak with a business like Fickes Furniture.


12 April 2016