Another One Bites The Dust...

Broken Furniture... - Broken Furniture...
@twoey68 (13651)
United States
April 25, 2008 12:08pm CST
Although furniture is better made these days, it’s still not designed to withhold certain weights. I’m a bigger person so I tend to pay attention where I’m sitting so that I don’t end up in the embarrassing spot of breaking someone’s furniture. I have known ppl that have sat in chairs and had the seat crack. I think if it happened to me I’d be so embarrassed…it would be one of those moments that I’d wish the earth would open up and swallow me whole. If it happened to someone around me, I’d try to be sympathetic and keep them from feeling bad about it. Has it ever happened to you? Do you know someone who has had it happen? Do you take precautions if heavy ppl visit you? Would you make a big deal out of it? **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
25 Apr 08
I really hate to disagree with you but i feel furniture was made better a long time ago rather than now..These days you have to pay a big price for "real wood" everything is a vaneer or wood colored...I don't know about recliners but the old stuff is still around...I have never had a chaor break on me when i sat down but i have to agree that would be very embarrassing....
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@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
25 Apr 08
I've never had anyone break my furniture like that, but we had a home made picnic table once that was a little off balance, that if a person was a little larger than average, and went to sit down on one side, the table might tip over. One party we had, there were two guys sitting on one side, and the wife of one of the guys was on the other side. One guy stood up, and the table tipped over, lifting one guy in the air, and dumping our friend on her butt. We tried so hard not to laugh, but it was just too funny. Our friend was kind of overweight, but I wouldn't say she was that bad.
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• United States
25 Apr 08
LOL.... I don't know that furniture is made better these days! My sturdiest piece of furniture is a table and chairs set from the 50's. Metal and sturdy as can be. The wood products these days are worthless. Even the best name in living room furniture has some issues. I purchased a top of the line lazy boy couch for substantial amounts. Steel frame and supposed guarantee for life it was trashed this past year because it was broken (yes the steel part) and I had just had it with having it repaired.
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@Mirita (2668)
• United States
25 Apr 08
Well, I have a friend who has broken everyone's chairs ,and people are afraid to invite him to their house. I still invite him to my house since he is a wonderful person ,but I have to tell you that I'm cautious because I love my furniture. He is more careful now than before ,and I know that he must feel terrible about breaking the furniture.
• United States
27 Apr 08
No I haven't had this happen to me or any of my friends. I am so sorry to hear that it has happened to you. I have some sturdy furniture and if you were coming to visit, I would get you to sit my couch, not a flimsy chair.
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@djmarion (4901)
• Philippines
26 Apr 08
i never had any experience associated with me breaking a furniture due to my weight. i guess its because i don't really weigh that heavy for a furniture to break when i sit on them.
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@J_Dawgs (217)
• United States
26 Apr 08
HA! yes ive had it happen to me and heck no its not funny! It stinks when it happens and is not fun at all. Hurts most of the time and is embarassing as heck if in public especially in school (when i was younger) or even now in a public place. Heck even now days when a random patio chair lets go it still stinks! Its like "man not another one!". You just wish it wasn't broken so you could pick it up and SMASH IT! lol. ~*~J_Dawgs~*~
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@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
26 Apr 08
This actually happened to me once in therapy. My therapist had insisted that I sit on a particular bench like couch. I told her that I did not want to because it looked rather old. She said, oh no, it will be fine. A little while after I sat there, the bench gave way. I was not so much embarrassed, as I was angry at her for telling me to sit there.
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@Hatley (164777)
• Garden Grove, California
26 Apr 08
It has never happened to me but my sister who is much heavier than me sat down in one of our kitchen chairs and landed on the floor.at that time she weighed three hundred pounds. the legs splintered and just gave way. she was not badly hurt but Ihad insisted that mymom take her to the doctor. he did some tests and found she had a tumor on her pituatary gland. well my mom could not get herto have it removed so she is still really big. anymore anyone really big I just tell them what chair will hold their weight so as to avoid accidents.
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@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
26 Apr 08
Back when we bought our first table and chair set, one of the chairs was getting wobbly so we put it in a place where noone sits. Well, one day I was rearranging the kitchen and accidently put that chair in a spot ppl usually sit at the table. I sat down in it to put my shoes on and kept a going to the floor. Hubby and his friend was there and after realizing I wasn't hurt started laughing. I laughed with them and couldn't get up cause I was laughing so hard. Hubby finally offered to help me up and I grabbed his hand to pull myself up. Well, he started sliding and then ended up falling on top of me. Talk about a laugh fest. lol Soon after, we went to a furniture store and bought 4 soild oak chairs and have had them since. Very sturdy so I don't have to worry about anyone falling from them again. All my furniture is sturdy since I'm heavy myself and tend to throw myself down in the chairs/couch.
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• United States
26 Apr 08
I've never experienced that situation but i do take percautions because i do have larger friends but they're pretty caution about where they sit.
• United States
25 Apr 08
my poor aunt..sat in a chair that was about 85 years old in my house-and it broke.she fell to the floor. she was understandibly horrified. we tried telling her the chair was no big deal,was she alright,but she was more concerned about it for some reason. my dad got all new chairs after that-i think the chair was just too old.
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• Australia
9 May 08
I can tell you now that I'm of moderate build, and I've still broken chairs! lol. Ok, so they were old and on the way out, but every time a chair has been broken in my home it has been me spilling on the floor! The last time was an outdoor chair. This was on the front porch, in full view of the road. I sat in this chair, and because it was about 5 years old and made from canvas, I fell all the way through. The timing was awful! School kids everywhere! They all thought it was pretty funny, especially seeing as I couldn't get out again! lol. Even the poor parcel delivery man laughed so much he ended up crying, but he did get me out of the remains of the chair. Needless to say, the other chair got ditched too! Wasn't going to give it the opportunity to embarrass me like that!
@jtr115 (724)
• United States
27 Apr 08
One section of my reclining couch is already broken. It was my parents' old couch, so it has gone through years of people of all sizes sitting on it. A couple of weeks ago, the section I usually sit on started reclining on its own whether or not I was sitting on it. About a week later, the footrest part would only rise to a 45-degree angle instead of the normal 75 to 80-degree angle. I wonder if it would be cheaper to repair it or just buy a new or gently-used couch.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
26 Apr 08
NOpe and i do have a big big neice and I just put her on the couch
@winterose (39922)
• Canada
26 Apr 08
me too I am careful where I sit and will even say to someone oh I cannot sit here I am afraid I might break that chair.
@mummymo (23709)
25 Apr 08
I have never even thought about that twoey to be honest! I think the closest I have come to this happening is when I sat in a sunlounger at my mil house and it collapsed beneath me - that could have hurt but I was fine just very embarrassed til I found out that no one had sat in it for a few years as they thought it was past its best and might not hold their weight - nice of them to twll me that after it had given way, wasn't it? xxx
@linda345 (2661)
• Canada
25 Apr 08
Yes I am a big girl too. I was at my Aunts one Christmas and I sat down in her recliner and it broke. It was one of the most embarassing moments of my life. My Aunt being the sweet lady she is said don't worry it was broken already and we had just patched it up. I was a single mom going to college and didn't have the money to buy her a new one. Another thing, not on the lines of breaking furniture but when I was going to college, was fitting all my bulk into those desks. Then I would sit through the class praying the desk would not break. I was the only female in an all male class.