family, sidehall colonial, built circa 1983 in New Jersey. The furniture is solid wood and very heavy (approximately
1100+ lbs) in a 20' by 20' room. My wife is very concerned that the floor may give way under the weight of the furniture. Is there any
validity to this concern? Are there any standards that suggest what the minimum/maximum weight limits are for
the second floor? I don't have the blueprints and do not know who the builder was.
Thanks in advance for your response...
As far as a bearing wall, I believe that there is one about 20' into the house on the first floor, but it does not go across completely. I assume that there probably is some sort of support beam spanning the remainder of the space. Is that likely?
Theoretically, everything Kansasz has said is
true (you could even place a waterbed in the room if everything was built properly). However, I have seen alot of strange and scary building practices, which is why I am always leery of giving structural advice without always having all of the details. Given a 20 foot span, any good contractor would not go below a 2x8 joist using pine. If it was anything less you should be able to feel a springy sensation when bouncing up and down on the floor or a strong vibration when people walk across the uncarpeted floor.
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