I have a stepper exercise machine that stands on four legs and I would like to place this machine on a shelf made of canvas cloth ( the whole wardrobe is made of canvas ). The problem is I think the shelf would tear where the four legs are. So I would like to ask if there is any way I could distribute the weight of the four legs evenly over the whole floor of the canvas shelf?
I'm not sure if I'm asking a right question for you - my apologies if I'm not and thanks very much for any information and your time!
I have considered several options. I assume this canvas is supported by a frame (I imagine it like a horizontal picture frame) and the canvas would sag when weight is placed on it. I expect the stepper machine would be at least 30 kg and could be as much as 150 kg if it is motorized. So I agree that there would be a risk of tearing. I will list the options I considered. My approaches involve providing a larger area for the pressure of the weight of the stepper. I think the material added to the shelf needs to be flexible to reduce the strain at the edges of the added material.
Use 4 pieces of the flexible material to significantly increase the area of each foot. Use this option only if the stepper is at the lightest of the range I indicated above and the canvas is especially heavy-duty.
Use a larger piece of the flexible material so all 4 feet rest on it. The size should be at least 0.5 m larger than the distance between the feet in both length and width.
Increase the size of the material (which need not be flexible in this case) so that the material rests on the frame that the canvas is stretched between.
I hope this helps,