Breaking A Lawn Chair
Sometimes you encounter a situation that is so embarrassing you don’t even want to talk about it. But then you try to mention it on Twitter so you can hopefully laugh it off. Yeah, I broke a chair.
My fat self sat down in a lawn chair and it broke. Hard. Painfully. Fat people clearly do not belong in lawn chairs, nor do lawn chairs belong in houses as a substitute for real furniture. Luckily I was alone when it happened, so it wasn’t as terribly embarrassing as it could have been. But I had to tell my roommate that it happened and now I have to buy a new chair. Awesome.
I’m pretty. But the chair breaking incident places so much doubt in my mind. I know it is a flimsy lawn chair but it’s definitely not a fun experience. It is also fascinating how outside events and experiences can change the way you feel about yourself, even if only temporarily (I’m not forever going to dwell on this).
Also, semi related, I’ve been very interested lately in looking at photos of different size people. No one ever correctly guesses my weight or size. Probably because weight looks different on different people. I like Kate’s BMI Project and the Height/Weight chart, both of which use photos to illustrate the numbers.
How to Prevent Breaking Lawn Chairs
The number one tip you’ll get for not breaking thes flimsy chairs?
The main reason why I broke that chair is because I didn’t sit down properly. I flopped my weight down at an angle and then felt horrified as I felt it break. I’ve sat in that chair dozens of times without incident, at higher weights than I am now. Why didn’t it break then? Why have other chairs not broken? Because I was careful, sat properly, and didn’t put the chair under unecessary stress.
When you weigh more it is unfortunate but you will have to take precautions before doing things like sitting in lawn chairs. Just take a second to make sure you are sitting down carefully and at the right angle and you will be much less likely to break something!
Prevent Breaking Chairs By Buying Extra Durable Chairs
A good way to prevent breaking chairs due to your weight is to make sure you only sit in chairs made for someone of your size. I’ve learned that some cheap camping chairs like the one I broke are made for bigger people and are extra durable. I’d recommend getting an extra durable chair like this one:
It’s heavier than most of the camping chairs you find because it’s made to be so durable. It’s also got tags on it saying up to 800 lbs for use, so you have a good chance you won’t break it due to your weight.
I definitely plan on purchasing a more heavy duty durable chair for use on lawns and camping trips. I don’t ever want to be the one that breaks a chair again!