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How to Buy a Rocking Chair

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Traditional upholstered rocking chair

It's no surprise that the classic rocking chair has been around for centuries. In 18th-century North America, wooden rocking chairs were primarily used in gardens. Since that time, the design and use of rocking chairs have grown and advanced to become an even more comfortable piece of furniture. Today they are used as relaxation and therapeutic devices and as nursery room accessories. When you are shopping for a rocking chair, knowing how and where the chair will be used will help narrow your choices. This guide will help you figure out how to buy a rocking chair.

Buying a Rocking Chair:

  1. Decide on the material. Rocking chairs can be upholstered or made from solid materials, such as wood, metal, bamboo or wicker. Before beginning your search, decide where you want your rocking chair. This will help you zero in on the right material for the job. Upholstered rocking chairs offer more comfort and style options. You can buy cushions and pads in different colors and easily switch them out when you're ready for a change. While upholstered rocking chairs are convenient fashion statements, they won't last in outdoor conditions. Wooden rocking chairs and chairs made from plastic and lightweight metal are generally better for your outdoor patio use and are less expensive than other materials.

  2. Decide on styles. Pick a rocking chair style that accents your home or apartment's current design scheme. Rocking chairs can fit both contemporary and traditional decor. If your home's style has a traditional feel, think about investing in a classic wooden rocking chair. If you like a comfortable cottage style, choose a rocking chair made of wicker. To add some funkiness and flair to your room, you may want to consider a more modern style.

  3. Consider additional features. Many of today's rocking chairs come with technologically advanced features, such as heated seats, massage options and reclining ability. This makes it easier than ever to find a rocking chair that will precisely fit your lifestyle. It's important to remember to not go overboard, as you won't need every extra feature. For example, a nursery rocking chair won't need a heated seat or massage function built into it. Whichever features you decide on, your new rocking chair investment will provide you with a comfortable place to relax for years to come.

  4. Consider purchasing a glider. A new style of rocking chair known as a glider is available, as well. Regular rocking chairs are limited to only backward and forward movement. Glider rocking chairs slide back and forth in a seamless flow. In addition, glider rocking chairs have stationary bases and controlled movements contained in their pedestals to prevent damage to floors. Many families purchase gliders for the nursery because of its smooth operations. If you're planning to place your rocking chair on hardwood floors, a glider may be your best option.

  5. Try it out. Once you own your new rocking chair, try it out. If you don't like it, you don't have to settle. This is your chair and it should fit your expectations. There's a perfect rocking chair out there for you.

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