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Pedicure Chair Weight Limits

How Much Weight Can A Salon Chair Carry?

Weight is a sensitive subject for most people, and to bring it up to other people can lead to uncomfortable or sometimes even embarrassing situations. It's not surprising that salons posting a pedicure chair weight limit for their customers seeking pedicures have increasingly been hitting the news.

They have understandably courted controversy for their stance due to the perception that they are discriminating against the obese and the overweight. But the salons usually justify their stance by claiming that the customer would break the chair if they sat on it. If salons with weight limit for pedicure chair accept overweight or obese clients, they would typically add a surcharge to their usual fee. 

Of course, salons that follow this policy often open themselves to criticism. It might even cost them business when customers who disagree with their pedicure salon chair weight limit policy might try to boycott them. But not everybody is critical of weight limits. There are customers who would say the salon is within their rights to post this policy, depending on what weight can their pedicure chair hold. They point out that the concern of salons are about the safety of their customers. Broken chairs are also expensive to fix, with charges easily reaching a thousand dollars.


Weight Capacity for a Pedicure chair

So how much weight can a pedicure chair hold? It varies depending on the model and the manufacturer, but on average it seems that the chairs can accommodate around 300 lbs. Now, these published weight limits are only a rule of thumb. For instance, if a chair has a weight limit of 250 lbs, it does not mean that if a 260 lbs person sits on it, it will break.

But of course, you should also exercise caution if you exceed weight limits. The manufacturer usually states that they will not accept any liability for injuries if a person whose weight is above their limit sits on the chair and is hurt.

The obvious solution is for salons to buy chairs that have as high a weight limit as possible. After all, the obesity/overweight problem is not going away anytime soon. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 36.5% of adults in the US are obese. Lower-income women are also more likely to be obese than those with higher incomes. This means that a certain percentage of the people who go into salons will be obese and will not receive service.


Maximum Weight for Salon Chairs is 500 LBS

So what pedicure chair weight limit should salons look for? A quick search on Google reveals that, typically, the highest weight limit for a salon chair is 450 lbs. As Chairs That Give we can confirm that this is about right. Our highest spa pedicure chair weight limit is 500 LBS for the Destiny/Harmony Foot Massage Pedicure Chair Set that supports 500 lbs

Buying these chairs cost more than regular chairs, but the investment may be worth it since you can accommodate customers that other salons would turn away. It might also be a source of good publicity for your business, or at least great word-of-mouth advertising.

Another advantage of salon chairs with higher weight limits is that they will last longer than regular chairs. They are made of more durable materials. Of course, the downside is that these chairs are difficult to move around because they are heavier. The Destiny/Harmony we just mentioned, the base transit weight is a whopping 600 lbs static weight. This means that these are also very expensive to ship. But fortunately thanks to our free shipping policy for most of our pedicure chairs you won't have to worry about that!

Destiny or Harmony Foot Massage Pedicure Chair Set - Chairs That Give

So if you can afford it, you should consider investing in a spa pedicure chair with higher weight limits. After all, you don’t want your salon to land in the news for the wrong reasons. And the investment might even help to boost your profits a little!


A collection of our highest weight capacity chairs

Destiny/Harmony Foot Massage Pedicure Chair Set - 500 LBS

Touch America Breath Pedi-Lounge - 450 LBS

Touch America Motorized Breath Pedi-Lounge - 450 LBS

Touch America Breath Outdoor Pedi-Lounge - 450 LBS

Touch America Archipedigo Foot Massage Chair- 450 LBS

Continuum Echo SE Pedicure Spa Chair - 350 LBS

Continuum Vantage VE Pedicure Spa Chair - 350 LBS

Continuum Bravo LE Pedicure Spa Chair - 350 LBS


2 Responses



April 24, 2019

Hi Nikki, thanks for your question!

It greatly depends on the brand, some definitely are more sturdy than others. The way the stools are being handled is also a factor in how fast they break. But most stools should be able to carry at least 250 LBS without too many issues if handled with care.

Nikki csurgo

Nikki csurgo

April 24, 2019


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