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Question DetailsAsked on 3/16/2012

Can large pieces of furniture cause a floor to sage? Like a large dresser on the 2nd floor above the center of an downstairs room?

I have a large dresser in my bedroom between two door ways. This area is directly above the center of the kitchen downstairs. I've notice the drywall cracking for several months and it seems to be getting worse. I first notices the issue several months after my wife purchased the dresser.

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No. The house would have to structurely unsound! If you parked your car on the second floor, yes, but not a dresser!

Answered 8 years ago by Wilma


A very heavy stationary load placed near the center of the span could possibly cause the floor joists to deflect just enough to cause drywall cracks and nail pops. Especially, if they used 2x8 joists at the maximum allowable span.

Answered 8 years ago by JGHamm


It sounds like the dresser is along a wall, between 2 doors. Since it is over your kitchen, this is a case of lousy design - even non load bearing walls should have a wall underneath them, or you are inviting sag not only from furniture along the wall (the normal place for heavy furniture or bookshelves), but also from roof load being transferred down through the susposedly non load bearing wall if you have roof trusses rather than joists and rafters.

A heavy item like this CAN cause the wood to creep, gradually bending down - I have seen as much as 4 inches of sag from bookshelves, heavy sewing tables loaded with do-dads, and one time even a very heavy Victorian cast iron bed.

I would suggest getting the dresser where its load would be transmitted down to a wall underneath it, and preferably a location where it is along a wall where the floor joists terminate so its weight would be distributed by several joists directly to the underlying wall.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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