How Much Weight Can A Lawn Chair Hold?


a beach lawn chair ready for sitting

When I was younger, I was on the heavier side. In fact, I had many embarrassing situations where I wasn’t sure if a chair would easily/gracefully hold me in. I say this only so you’ll know I understand the anxiety that comes with seeing an outdoor lawn chair and wondering if it was going to be able to easily hold your weight. Since you’re here, you want to know the same question. So, how much weight can a lawn chair hold?

Weight Limit For Standard Lawn Chairs

Lawn chairs come in all shapes, all sizes, and even with all weight limits. In all likelihood, you’ll be able to find a lawn chair to accommodate any size you go looking for. But for our purposes, let’s first answer what the weight limit is for standard lawn chairs. Let’s take a look at some examples:

ProductWeight LimitPrice
Giantex
Folding Beach Chair (6 pack)
265 lbs
~120 kg
$
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Lawn Chair USA
“Magnum” Aluminum Webbed Chair
250 lbs
~113 kg
$$
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Lawn Chair USA
“Deluxe” Aluminum Webbed Chair
200 lbs
~91 kg
$$
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MOR
Aluminum Beach Chair

225 lbs
~102 kg
$
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With these 4 data points, we can see that standard lawn chairs / folding beach chairs have a weight capacity between 200 and 265 lbs. Taking the average, we can say that the average weight limit for standard lawn chairs is 235 lbs (~106 kilograms). This may or may not suit your needs depending on what you’re looking for.

Weight Limit For Heavy Duty Lawn Chairs

If the weight limit of standard lawn chairs won’t cut it, a lot of manufacturers offer some heavy duty options. What kind of weight limit can you expect for heavy duty lawn chairs?

ProductWeight LimitPrice
Coleman
Big-N-Tall Quad Camping Chair
600 lbs
~272 kg
$
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JQ&JQ
Portable Stable Folding Chair
660 lbs
~299 kg
$$
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KingCamp
“Heavy Duty” Compact Camping Folding Chair
300 lbs
~136 kg
$$
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Timber Ridge
High Back Portable Chair
300 lbs
~136 kg
$$
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You may notice that two of the options included above aren’t very “heavy duty” at all. I included them deliberately, to point out that manufacturers that advertise their products as heavy duty may have a completely different definition in mind. In my search, I recognized two kinds of companies here:

  1. Those that correctly advertised heavy duty as 550 lbs+
  2. Those that considered anything above 250lbs “heavy duty”

My definition of heavy duty is the former. But taking the data points I found into consideration, we can say that the average weight limit for heavy duty lawn chairs is around 465 lbs (~211 kilograms). That’s the problem with averages though: they can vary wildly from reality if your data set isn’t fairly uniform. From what I can tell, there are a lot of products that cluster around 300 lbs and a lot that cluster around 600 lbs. So my recommendation is to shop carefully.

Weight Limit For Zero Gravity Chairs

Zero-gravity chairs are a different beast altogether! These relaxing lawn chairs elevate your feet to be the same distance from the ground as your heart. In turn, this makes you feel weightless (hence the name “zero gravity”). Because of the non-standard weight distribution zero-gravity chairs promote, I chose to treat them separately than the other two categories. Let’s dive in and see how much weight zero-gravity chairs can hold!

ProductWeight LimitPrice
Best Choice Products
Set of 2 Zero Gravity Lounge Chair
300 lbs
~136 kg
$
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Bonnlo
Zero Gravity Chair With Canopy
350 lbs
~159 kg
$
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Timber Ridge
Zero Gravity Locking Lounger
350 lbs
~159 kg
$$
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Rxmoto
Zero Gravity Chairs with Table
350 lbs
~159 kg
$
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As you can see, zero gravity chairs have a higher base weight capacity than lawn chairs. In fact, you might not have to search for any heavy duty options if you choose a zero gravity chair. Using the four products above as data points, we can say that the average weight limit for zero gravity chairs is around 338 pounds (or ~153 kilograms).

Do All Chairs Have Weight Limits?

Strictly speaking, all chairs have a theoretical weight capacity. The vast majority should advertise their weight limit on the product package. I would be very suspicious of a retail chair that didn’t include the calculated weight limit! That being said, if you purchase a lawn chair constructed by the Amish, it’s likely that a weight limit won’t be included. But it’s also likely that the construction quality will surpass anything you can buy at the store!

Do Chair Weight Limits Include The Chair?

Typically, the advertised weight limit does not include the weight of the chair. If the weight of the chair is included, I would expect the manufacturer to display that on the product packaging.

What’s Your Favorite Lawn Chair Brand?

Are you loyal to any particular lawn chair manufacturers? Post your experiences with lawn chairs below and I’ll try to include the information in a future article.

Captain

I'm Chuck (the Captain). I'm passionate about my outdoor space and love sharing my experiences with the world at large. I want Captain Patio to become the best place on the internet to find, share, and learn about all things patio-related. When I'm not keeping up my content schedule, I'm spending time with my wife and two kids (usually on my patio!).

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