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Need help with 350lb guest that loves sitting on delicate furnishings.
July 7, 2014 in Design Dilemma
We have a beach house with gorgeous views and the delicate antique wicker and dining chairs collected by my lovely mother-in-law. There's also a antique settee. These were built for a max of I'm guessing 200lbs. Our guest for the whole summer weighs at least 350lbs and is a family member that refers to himself as "not very light". I have tried putting things on the chairs leaving him a solid wood stool. He moves the articles and squeezes into the wicker. I have googled how to address this and found blogs by large people who talk about their feelings (I appreciate that this discussion could hurt his feelings) and how I should be responsible for replacing the toilet seat he breaks (we replace the mattress every year) and as host, I should provide an appropriate chair for him to relax, sunning and dining. I confess I have not spoken directly to the guest because I am afraid to say the wrong thing to my husband's relative, and, I am not so liberal as to think we should be further obligated. He contributes nothing during his stay and my husband hates confrontation. Any suggestions? What can I mix with these antiques? Unfortunately, we are probably not the only ones with this dilemma. Thanks!