If you are reading this blog, you probably are contemplating about getting a rocking chair. But even so and for clarity, let’s not get ahead of ourselves and go through the usual ‘protocol’ of questions. Do you from time to time find yourself wishing you could watch your favourite TV show on a comfortable rocking chair? Or is there a cute baby you would love to rock to sleep in your arms while seated comfortably? Or does the idea of rewinding the day’s happenings or reading a captivating book by the fire to warm the cold away intrigue you?
If your answer to the above questions is a resounding yes, then you are not alone. Many people have grown to love and appreciate rocking chairs – heck many are looking to have them as a new addition in their homes.
Just so we are on the same page, you should know that rocking chairs date back to the late 1700s when an ingenious individual thought rockers or skates would be a great addition to adult and children furniture. This probably forms an image of antique rocking chairs in your mind. Well, while antique rockers have proven their effectiveness time and time again, with changes in time comes new designs and styles that you might not have thought existed. But the modern versions still have their base design from the original version. In addition to the style and designs, the rocking chairs also vary in load capacity, mechanism as well as the material used in its making.
With all these factors to consider, choosing a rocking chair, sorry burst your bubble, can be a painful and daunting process, especially if you have no clue what you are looking for. Of all the rocking chair types available in the market, this review will zero in on upholstered rocking chairs which are fairly new in the scene. To start us off, below are some of the factors that you need to consider before you make a purchase.
Guide to buy an upholstered rocking chair
First and foremost, note that not all rocking chairs have padding on them. And those that do have padding, not all of their surfaces are covered but they still fall under the upholstered rocking chairs category. As such, if you are looking for padding, you should be quite clear on where you will want the padding to be. Some upholstered rocking chairs feature padding on their seat and back and leave out the arms while there are those that every surface apart from the glider/rocker is covered up.
For the most part, they do not differ greatly and the choice of which to go with solely depends on your taste and preference. But for what it’s worth, rocking chairs that are fully upholstered ooze of comfort and to a great extent formality.
As for the padding on the upholster rocking chair, it does not need to be all fabric. If you are looking for a cleaner, more sophisticated and sleeker look, then you could opt to go with leather like many executives do. Leather will certainly provide you with a modern twist on a somewhat vintage piece of furniture.
If you haven’t come across them yet, you should know that there are some antique upholstered rocking chairs that require you to assemble them before you can comfortably rock away. If you have never done this before, or if you are not so much a handy or a DIY kind of person, the thought of assembly might have you running for the hills. But before you suffer a panic attack, or maybe even decide against getting a cushioned rocking chair for yourself, take some time to know your options. There are those that will need slightly more work than others, but the good news is that they will always, whether complex or otherwise, come with specific assembly instructions. But as you might expect, some instructions may not be the easiest to follow. So before you settle on a white upholstered rocking chair, have a look at some of the product reviews to get an idea of the complexity or simplicity of putting together the upholstered rocking seat.
Yes, you can trust many of the reviews you get online, especially if the sentiments seem to be shared by many buyers of the product. If they had a hard time putting together the chair, chances are it will also be a nightmare for you – be warned. The great thing however is that the reverse is also true. Easy to assemble rocking chairs will be praised to the ends of the earth.
The one thing to be on the look-out for when choosing an upholstered rocking chair that won’t kill you to assemble is the number of parts that need to be put together. Needless to say, the more the parts the harder it will be and the longer it will take you to put together your chair.
The other thing that can help you in making the decision is having a look at the written instructions. These can be found on the official manufacturer’s site. The information provided will tell you if are up to the task or not. And while you are at it, prefer manufacturers from your country or at the very least, those who speak your language fluently. This is not to mean that other country’s work are whack or not up to standard but it is all a matter of understanding. If there are issues in the translation of the instructions, you will find it difficult and agonising to put together the chair.
After all that, there is some good news (who would have figured right?). Well, sure there are some upholstered chairs that need assembly, but many already in the market come ‘ready to use’.
Easy to clean
Needless to say, bare rocking chairs are far easier to keep clean than padded ones. But does this mean that upholstered rocking chairs are impossible to clean? No, but its ease of cleaning wholly depends on just how well you make your choice based on the below factors.
With upholstered rocking chairs, you always have to think of the purpose they are intended to serve as this will have a direct impact on how easy the cleaning will be. For instance, if you fancy a rocking chair to help soothe your baby to sleep, you should consider the fact that babies have more fluids in them than their tiny and fragile bodies can contain.
With the advancement in technology, many products resistant to markings and stains are available in the market. You could also opt to have the material professionally treated once stained.
Having their customers in mind, there are some manufacturers who design upholstered rocking chairs with removable covers that you can slide off every time you need to have them cleaned – stick them in the washing machine. With this design, you get to enjoy rocking your baby to sleep devoid of any worry of the fabric getting soiled or stained.
If you intend to have your white upholstered chair on your front porch or in your back yard, you most certainly have to consider the ease of cleaning the material. Relaxing on your rocking chair goes to a whole new level when it is done in the great outdoors. But with the improved comfort levelscome increased risks of damage and getting soiled. If you are seriously considering an upholstered rocking chair, you will either have to move it inside every time you get back into the house, have it treated or better still, get a material that can do with a good wiping.
The fact that you are looking for an upholstered rocking chair is proof enough that you are after great levels of comfort. But not all of the chairs in the market can meet this need. There are those that are made with average comfort levels and others that are designed for therapy. To know if a chair provides you with the comfort level you are after, you should answer the below questions.
- Does the chair provide seating support and comfort?
- Is the elbow support low enough for your comfort?
- Does the back and seat provide you with both flexibility and firmness in perfect balance?
Not all of the rocking chairs in the market have a mechanism. Some simply operate on a ‘sit and rock’ mechanism. There are others that have more elaborate systems called mechanisms.
There are varying reasons why people prefer to have the mechanisms covered. At the very top of the list is probably safety. Toddlers like, no, scratch that, love sticking their tiny fingers in just about anything and everything that they should not. You might call their love for this, ‘exploration’ but it still does not change the fact that it is dangerous to them.
Other individuals, especially those who are suckers for perfection and presentation, just love the thought that something operates efficiently and as intended without necessarily seeing how it is it works. They detest the site of ball bearings and joints moving all over.
But even though many love covered up mechanisms, they still need them to be accessible in the event the moving parts need some greasing lest they start letting out annoying squeaks interfering with the soothing rocking motion.
Do your homework on the available mechanisms before you settle on any one of them. And if you find the need to, contact the manufacturer directly – many of them have dedicated lines to customer service.
This factor has not been placed at the very bottom of the list for no reason – it is to send a message. While in the current economic times the cost of items determine the purchases made, it is not recommended to base your decision solely on the price. You are bound to come across rocking chairs that are highly priced and others that are way below the price range you had budgeted for. But before you decide to pick either, your decision to settle on any of the price ranges should be based on the quality of the product and just how much money you have to spare. Contrary to popular belief, low prices do not equals poor quality and neither do high prices equal exemplary quality.
Before you get a chair, ensure that it is a whole, structurally firm and sound. Do not be shy to test it out in the shop. The appearance and look may be deceiving but how you feel rocking on it will never lead you astray. If it helps, have a friend tag along during the purchase for a second opinion.
Upholstered Rocking Chair Reviews
Now that you know what you should be looking for in your search for the best upholstered rocking chair, you probably think that you are ready to go. Well, you probably are, but it would not hurt to have a read of some reviews of the best upholstered chair. If anything, it will set you more and more on the right track.
It might be hard to believe, but this Nursery works Sleepytime rocker was built with everyone in mind despite the name it was given; whether you are a pregnant mother, an individual in the search for more comfort or whether you are an individual with aching bones and need a chair easy enough to get in and out of. The rocking movement is delivered via simple rockers whilst the entire chair is designed to meet and exceed the set standards in furniture making.
The light padding is perfect for sleeping and relaxing while its height is just perfect to rest your legs. The simple ash hardwood legs provide a great and smooth rocking motion efficient enough to put your new born to sleep. The comfortable lumbar pillow is there to provide you with added comfort as you just might fall asleep yourself.
Unlike many upholstered rocking chairs that have their arm frames exposed, this one features comfortable padding and arm cushioning. This provides you the user with greater comfort while rocking the child to sleep or even when reading a book.
If you are worried about having to assemble the chair by yourself, you can rest easy as this one will not need you to raise a finger to enjoy the comfort it provides. It comes ready to use which is an added benefit if you are not a handy person or a DIY kind of person.
The material used on the Sleepytime rocking chair is 10% linen, 15% Viscose and 75% polyester. Its surface is warm and soft. And in the event you need a part replaced, depending on where you make your purchase, you can get a free replacement part.
The fact that it is light enables it to be moved from one place to the next – you do not need to be the hulk or Hercules to move it to a serene part of the house.
Furniture of America Oria Rocking Chair Review
Finally a product that has the perfect blend of modern and antique style. If you are a sucker for old looking furniture, then this rocker will blow your mind. The design it features is timeless and allows it to compliment just about any interior design you might have going on in your humble abode. You might want to give it the pride of your living room to add a touch of royalty to your furnishing or just place it in your office or nursery. You will see the beauty in it and appreciate it regardless of your age.
Looking closely at the antique rocking chair, you will notice the antique oak finish that evenly stains the birch veneer and solid wood.
The antique wood rocking chair is generously padded on the seat as well as on the back. Its relatively straight back provides adequate support for the back and head while the padding on the arms provides your arms with the perfect resting place as you rock away into cloud nine.
Now, now, if you are concerned with its ease of cleaning, you will be pleased to hear that all it requires is a wipe down with a clean and damp cotton cloth. How easy can it get right? You can enjoy the rocking motion of the antique oak rocking chair behind closed doors, on your front porch and back yard without the worry of having its exquisite finish ruined.
According to the manufacturers of this great piece, it will need some assembly. But do not let this scare you away. The instructions are straight forward and come with the product. At the very most it will need two individuals to assemble it. And in the event you need a replacement part before 30 days, you are eligible for free parts as per the warranty provided along with the product.
Given its size and modern design, it is best suited for use in a nursery. But this does not mean that you cannot have it in any other place. If you are looking for an upholstered chair but not one that is completely covered – one that will provide you with the impression of being antique yet still fit in perfectly with the modern design you have in your home, this is the product you should prefer.
It features extravagantly padded seat and back with 64% polyester and 36% acrylic ivory fabric. The frame is made from a durable and very solid Birch wood and finished off with walnut. Instead of having padding on the arms, the designers of the char made the arms curved to increase the comfort level as well as support.
Its elegance will have you rocking away in style and confidence all day long.
Now, if you are looking for a chair that has removable padding for easier cleaning, this is not the chair for you – you will have to take it apart to achieve cleaning at its most basic level. However, the modern rocker can still be cleaned professionally and with some washing solutions available in the market.
As for assembly, the modern wood rocking chair needs some assembly but nothing that cannot be handled in less than an hour.
Beauty, elegance and simplicity oozes out of the Dorel rocking chair. At the sight of it, you will inevitably fall in love with it. If you are a new mum, this should be a perfect addition to the beautiful baby room you created and design for several months straight. Look at it like the icing on the cake. On this heavily cushioned Dorel Asia rocking chair, you will spend countless hours bonding with your beautiful toddler.
And just before you even say it; let me beat you to it, yes this Dorel rocking chair is upholstered with fibre. And the thought that you baby may drool or spit out liquids on it that may be difficult to clean out may be difficult to fathom. However, there is some good news, the microfiber used to line the chair is easy to clean – many other users attest to this fact.
It’s a solid wooden baby relax Mackenzie rocker that makes a perfect gift for new parents.
A look at this Dorel Tinsley upholstered glider and you will be madly and deeply in love. This is one piece of furniture that has everything going for it – from its color, fabric cushioning and rocking motion.
On this Dorel rocker, a mother can snuggle up with her loved one for hours without end without ever feeling the need to shift. Its cushioning has the ability to provide comfort to a mother for hours. The fibre used on the chair is extremely easy to clean. The grey color it features will light up a baby’s room like it’s the fourth of July.
So if you dint know where to start, know you know. As a matter of fact, now you probably know the exact rocker to go for. Not only will it provide you with comfort and bonding time with your loved one, it will also accent and compliment your interior décor. Waste no more time – capitalize on the motivation and psyche you have right now.