Rocking Chairs

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Rocking Chairs

There’s something undoubtedly appealing about a rocking chair, we can’t quite put our finger on it... is it the aesthetically pleasing shape, the feeling of comfort that they evoke or just that they are simply pretty cool?! What is the origin of this unique chair? We’ll come to that part in a moment... firstly let’s consider where you could introduce a rocking chair into home. Due to their design they do occupy quite a large footprint, so we would always recommend measuring the intended area and checking against the measurements of the chair, remember to allow space for free movement as well. Rocking chairs make a great addition to any living area, be it a lounge, study, conservatory or bedroom and, thanks to their timeless design, will compliment many interior design themes.

Rocking Chairs for a modern home

One of the most fascinating aspects of great design is how it can travel through the years... unaffected by changing trends and the demands of an evolving world. Rocking chairs have been around since the 17th century, earning its addition to the Oxford English Dictionary in 1787. The brainchild of America, with many believing Benjamin Franklin to be the original inventor, the rocking chair was initially intended for outdoor use, but soon became a popular piece of indoor furniture. The 20th century brought fresh design and adaptions to the traditional wooden rocking chair, with iconic designers such as Charles & Ray Eames putting their stamp on its construction, their brightly coloured moulded plastic rocking chair was a hit! Fast forward to the 21st century and we see that there are many variations of this beautiful chair – comfortable upholstered, sustainable rattan, moulded plastic and the beautiful classic wooden rocking chair – all of which compliment any modern home.

If you are a little undecided about whether a rocking chair is right for your home and your requirements, let us offer some assistance, below you will find a few of the most frequently asked questions we receive from our customers...

Rocking Chair FAQ’s

  1. Are Rocking Chairs comfortable?

  2. We think so, but this is a tricky question to answer as what is comfortable to one person, may be utterly uncomfortable to another... defining whether a rocking chair will be comfortable for you largely depends on how you intend to use it. As an occasional chair they offer up the unique benefit of being able to gently rock back and forth – a comfort that no other chair will deliver. You can style them up with cushions or throws for ultimate coziness.

  3. Are Rocking Chairs suitable for nursing?

  4. Rocking chairs are often used as nursing chairs and have been used by nursing mums for generations. The soothing motion of rocking can be calming for both mum and baby. If you are specifically looking for a nursing chair, have a peek at our collection as these chairs are designed for ultimate nursing comfort, support and possess features such as gliding bases and optional foot stools.

  5. Do you have any Rocking Chairs that are made from sustainable materials?

  6. Yes we do! We have a selection of rattan rocking chairs that are beautifully handcrafted from Indonesian rattan. Rattan is one of the most sustainable tropical woods you can find, renewing within approximately 5-7 years. Rattan is exceptionally strong and resilient, a rattan rocking chair will last for generations and hopefully becoming a treasured family heirloom, however in the unlikely event of needing to be disposed of, it will degrade back to dirt.

Require more assistance?

We’re so glad you rocked up to our helpful guide to Rocking Chairs! If we’ve not quite swayed you, please feel free to give our friendly customer service team a call on + 44 (0) 305 231231 or pop them over an email, they’ll be delighted to assist you.

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