Best Rocking Chairs – How To Choose Your Best Rocking Chair

best rocking chairEven if you have never owned a best rocking chairs before, there’s something quite nostalgic about them.

Perhaps it’s because the slow rocking reminds us of another era when things weren’t as hectic and people had time to sit and reflect.

If you like the idea of adding a rocking chair to your home furnishings, there’s a chance that you are going to surprised at the choices that are out there.

The way these chairs move can be different too; obviously there is the simple rocking motion, but others also have a gliding movement that involves a mechanism.

Choose from genuine antique rockers in a variety of woods, to modern versions that base their design on these originals. Or, you could get a rocking chair that bears very little resemblance to a traditional chair and looks more like an upholstered lounge chair.

The way these chairs move can be different too; obviously there is the simple rocking motion, but others also have a gliding movement that involves a mechanism. These are increasingly popular, especially in nurseries.

The load capacity for rocking chairs differs from chair to chair, and often depends upon the style and structure of the chair. Manufacturers always make this clear in the list of attributes they produce with the chairs so you will have no problem finding out this information.

If you have children, then it makes sense to do some research to make sure that the rocking chair you are interested in will be safe for them. Children adore rockers so you can guarantee they will want their turn.

Some of the wooden rocking chairs have gaps in them between the seat and the back, so make sure that this isn’t big enough for your child to slip through and hurt themselves.

The other thing that children love to do on a rocking chair is to treat it like a swing and see how hard they can rock it. If the chair is durable enough (and your nerves can stand it) this shouldn’t be a problem – unless the chair tips because the rockers are not big enough to provide the stability this treatment needs.

Best Rocking Chair Characteristics – Padded

Best Rocking Chair Characteristics PaddedNot all rocking chairs have any padding on them; instead, they are ‘naked’ revealing the frames, structure and composition of the chairs. For many people this is exactly how they want their rocking chair to look – and surprisingly, they are very comfortable without padding.

Of course, if this is the kind of rocking chair that you choose and there are occasions when you want some extra padding, some scatter cushions are a perfect addition that will add comfort and style.

There are many variants of this type of rocking chair, so it is worth spending some time looking for one that suits your needs as well as to suit the rest of your décor.

Other people choose a throw to complement their rocking chair. Not only does it add a contemporary look to the chair, but it also provides some padding – and is useful if the weather turns a little chilly.

It is possible, however, to buy rocking chairs that have been upholstered and so come ready-padded. There are many variants of this type of rocking chair, so it is worth spending some time looking for one that suits your needs as well as to suit the rest of your décor.

For many people, an upholstered rocking chair is a ‘statement chair’ and as well as being functional, offers a talking piece to the room that family and guests will love – and you can be certain that they will all want to take a turn.

The rocking chairs that are more of a glider than a rocker are often upholstered with much more padding than on other rocking chairs. This type of chair has a more formal appearance than some other, more casual looking rocking chairs.

If you are looking for a padded rocking chair, it is likely that you will come across a variety of styles. Some just have padding on the seat, while others have the seat and back padded. It is also possible to get rocking chairs that have padding on the arms, too.

The padding on rocking chairs doesn’t have to be fabric. If you want a sleeker look, why not try one that has leather padding. This certainly adds a modern twist on a vintage chair.

Assembly required

best rocking chair assemblyIt is likely when you buy a rocking chair there will be some assembly required. This might be a daunting prospect if you have never done anything like this before – or if the prospect of anything flat-packed has you running, screaming for the hills.

Before you have too much of a panic attack, or decide against having a rocking chair simply for this reason, have a look at what is out there. Some chairs need more assembly than others – and they always have instructions.

One of the key things to look at when you are looking for a rocking chair that won’t need a PhD in engineering to put together is how many parts it has that need to be assembled.

We know, some instructions are not the easiest to follow, so before you make your final choice, have a look at some reviews and see just how easy (or difficult) the rocking chair you are thinking about is to put together.

You can be certain that this is a big issue for many people so if a particular rocking chair is a nightmare to construct there will be lots of people saying so! And the reverse is true, also – there are many reviews of rocking chairs with people praising them for how easy they are to put together.

One of the key things to look at when you are looking for a rocking chair that won’t need a PhD in engineering to put together is how many parts it has that need to be assembled. Obviously, the more it has the longer it will take you.

Another thing to have a look at are the instructions. You can usually find these on manufacturers’ websites so you will know before you buy just how much of a daunting task putting the chair will be.

Look too, where the chair has been manufactured; we’re not saying that one country’s workmanship is any better or worse than another’s, but if the country of origin doesn’t have the same first language as yours, then there may be issues in the translation when it comes to the instructions – which will make your job more difficult.

Your other option, of course, is to purchase a rocking chair that comes ready assembled but it is likely that this will be more expensive.

Easy to clean your best rocking chair

best rocking chair easy cleanObviously, a rocking chair that doesn’t have any padding will be easier to keep clean than one that does, but that doesn’t mean that it is impossible to keep an upholstered chair clean.

If you are thinking about buying an upholstered rocking chair, think about its purpose because this will have a direct impact upon how easy it is to keep clean. For example, a rocking chair is a popular choice to use as a nursing chair – and as we all know, babies seem to have more than their fair share of bodily fluids!

Another option for you if you like the idea of a rocking chair that has padding, is to look for one with removable covers that you can stick in the washing machine.

Of course, there are products on the market that will offer resistance to stains and marking – or you can have the upholstery professionally treated.

Another option for you if you like the idea of a rocking chair that has padding, is to look for one with removable covers that you can stick in the washing machine. This means that you can enjoy the comfort and luxury of your rocking chair without having to worry too much about soiling.

Many people like the thought of having a rocking chair on the porch or outside in the back yard. This is a great way to relax and enjoy some ‘me’ time, but not all rocking chairs are up to the job and will become soiled or even damaged if you leave them outside. If you are considering this type of rocking chair, either treat it or don’t leave it out when you go in.

If it has been treated, then you will be able to leave your chair outside and it will simply need to be wiped over when it gets dirty.

Many people enjoy the patina of wood after it has aged and been exposed to everyday living. If you are among these, then a simple dusting and polish will make sure that your rocking chair looks great for years to come.

Alternatively, it is possible to buy rocking chairs that have metal frames. These are usually the more portable models because they can fold. Some people love that they are easy to clean, while others complain that they show every finger print – research is probably necessary here!

Best Rocking Chair Outdoor Use

best rocking chair outdoor useAs we have already said, there is no reason why you can’t take any rocking chair outside but if it hasn’t been designed explicitly for this use you may be risking soiling and/or damaging it – and we certainly don’t recommend leaving them outdoors.

There are, however, many rocking chairs on the market that have been treated in order to protect and preserve them against the elements, making them the perfect choice for garden furniture.

Some outdoor rocking chairs are not wood at all – they are constructed from polyester and have metal frames, making them more like a rocking sun lounger than a traditional rocking chair.

These are available with a number of different finishes, from simply varnished to painted in a variety of colors, so you will be able to find chairs that will complement other items of your outdoor living space.

It is also possible to buy outdoor rocking chairs that have been specifically designed to hold two people. These are ideal for those romantic evenings under the stars, or your child can curl up next to you for some story telling and the making of memories.

Some outdoor rocking chairs are not wood at all – they are constructed from polyester and have metal frames, making them more like a rocking sun lounger than a traditional rocking chair. These combine the comfort of a lounger with the added bonus of being able to rock – and they tend to be very hardwearing.

Other chairs are constructed from woods that are renowned for their durability and attractiveness, such as teak. These tend to be expensive, however but you be sure that it will look good for years to come.

Some manufacturers give the title of rocking chair to products that may also be described as swinging chairs. These tend to be big enough for more than one person and come in many shapes from the more ornate cast iron to the more functional.

Some of these have canopies to protect you from the sun but over time they can become faded. They can also become weathered by more extreme weather so we advise that you store them over the winter months to prevent mildewing.

Best Rocking Chair Mechanism Cover

best rocking chair mechanism coverNot all rocking chairs have a mechanism; it’s simply a case of sitting in it and rocking – the curved rockers do it all for you. But some rocking chairs are much more elaborate than this and their rocking glides – which means a mechanism.

There are a couple of reasons why you would want it to be covered, and the first is safety. Small children delight in exploring and sticking their fingers in everything they shouldn’t – and a rocking chair mechanism could be dangerous to them, and to pets.

Over time, however, it is possible that any moving parts such as these will need to be lubricated otherwise they could set up an annoying squeak, so it is useful if the mechanism is accessible – and the cover can be removed.

The second reason for wanting to cover the mechanism on a rocking chair is aesthetics. The majority of people like to know something works without having to see it in action – and because the mechanism on a glider rocking chair consists of ball-bearings, they are not that pretty.

Over time, however, it is possible that any moving parts such as these will need to be lubricated otherwise they could set up an annoying squeak, so it is useful if the mechanism is accessible – and the cover can be removed.

Some rocking chairs look like an ordinary armchair but they have the ability to rock. These can be quite heavy and the mechanism sits underneath the chair, which means that it doesn’t need to be covered because the chair itself is doing the job.

The mechanisms on rocking chairs are not all alike and, as such, can do different things. The more simplistic just allow the chair to glide in a rocking movement, but there are others that also have a braking system so that the chair can be locked into position.

Naturally, the more complex the mechanism, the more moving parts it is going to have – and the more reason that it should be covered.

If you are interested in this type of rocking chair and are concerned about the safety of the mechanism and how it is covered, then we advise that you look at reviews to see what consumers of these chairs think – and don’t be afraid to contact the manufacturer directly – the majority have customer care lines.

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