Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Rocking Chair

“Rocking out” in a comfortable, well-built chair can be one of life’s little pleasures.

Rocking chair in bedroom
The gentle, gliding motion of a comfortable rocking chair is a great way to relax.Angel Line

When many people think of rocking chairs, they think of their grandmother’s standard rocker. However, these days there are many more types of rocking chairs that can do a number of different things. Some of them are more comfortable than others, and some are more functional than similar designs. In short, it’s not necessarily easy to pick a rocking chair. Here are a few notes to help you shop

Who’s Rocking?

Homall Recliner Chair Padded Seat
A rocking chair can make a great gift for someone else.Homall

Did you know that rocking chairs make great gifts? Rockers are great for sitting and relaxing by a fireplace, in the sun, or even while you’re camping. If you’re stuck trying to find a gift for someone, consider getting them a rocking chair. But when you do, make sure you know what type of rocking chair he or she would enjoy most. If the rocking chair you’re looking to purchase is for yourself, well then you likely already know what you’re looking for, which makes the whole process that much easier.

Intended Use

Windsor Glider and Ottoman, White with Gray Cushion
Knowing how you’ll use a rocking chair is essential for finding the appropriate design and style.Angel Line

One way that people use rocking chairs is in child care. Rocking a baby to sleep is very calming for them and a great way to get the little tykes to zonk out when it seems nothing else works. Rocking chairs are also great for relieving pain and stress, as the act of rocking releases endorphins. Another great use for rocking chairs is as a tool for socializing. Imagine sitting in a rocking chair with a friend or loved one and having a nice chat.

Space to Rock

GCI Outdoor Freestyle Rocker Portable Folding Rocking Chair
Make sure there’s enough room to rock a chair before you buy one for a specific space.GCI Outdoor

Are you planning to rock out, inside? Then you’ll likely want a rocking chair that is made of high-quality wood and a very comfortable cushion. If you plan to use your rocking chair outside, then you need something that can weather a few storms and some rain. The style of the chair you pick will also vary depending on where you plan to use it. Outdoor rocking chairs tend to be more basic and functional rather than aesthetically pleasing.