Rocking chairs, or rockers, are chairs mounted on curved bands attached to the bottom of the legs. Earning the rocking name by allowing the user to move forwards and backwards along the two balanced rockers, rocking chairs naturally adjust to a person’s center of gravity and the body’s preferred ergonomic posture. Rocking chairs have long been associated with parenting and comfort because of their gentle and soothing motion that is similar to rocking a baby. Rocking chairs are commonly fabricated with carved, metal, or bentwood rockers and are available in both armed and armless variations. The design of rocking chairs has also influenced the design of bassinets and gliders.

Who invented the rocking chair?

Determining who invented the rocking chair is still debated today. Many credit Benjamin Franklin as inventing the rocking chair but these claims are often met with disagreement from historians citing that the chair was already existing and in use when Franklin was a child. Although Benjamin Franklin may not be the true inventor, America in general is considered as the origin of its invention.

How do you tell how old a rocking chair is?

The best approach in determining the relative age of a rocking chair, aside from looking at its style, is looking at its construction. There can be indicators of modern construction, such as screws and nuts, that place a rocking chair at less than 100 years old (or even less than 75 depending on the fastener). Older rocking chairs would have been glued together or fastened with wood joints. One can also analyze the material of the rocking chair itself as certain kinds were more prominent in certain decades, such as oak in the early 1900’s or rosewood in the late 1800’s.

How do you turn a chair into a rocking chair?

The first step is to purchase chair runners and make appropriate measurements to cut off the legs of the chair at the right height. Next, drill holes into the runners where the legs will attach and secure the legs to the runners with wood glue. If in need of extra assistance, conversion kits can often be bought to aid in this process.

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Nola Rocking Chair

The Nola Rocking Chair is an exemplar of midcentury modern design and comfort with its high upholstered back, solid armrests, and thick cushions. The Nola Rocking chair is a great addition to a nursery, living room, or den and will encourage anyone who uses it to relax and stay a while.

The Nola Rocking Chair has an overall height of 37.25” (95 cm), width of 26.125” (66 cm), and depth of 37.25” (95 cm). The seat height of the Nola Rocking Chair is set at 19.875” (50 cm) with arms at a height of 25.75” (65 cm).

Collection of elevation and plan drawings of the Nola Rocking Chair with heights, width, and depth dimensions
The Nola Rocking Chair is an exemplar of midcentury modern design and comfort with its high upholstered back, solid armrests, and thick cushions. The Nola Rocking chair is a great addition to a nursery, living room, or den and will encourage anyone who uses it to relax and stay a while.

The Nola Rocking Chair has an overall height of 37.25” (95 cm), width of 26.125” (66 cm), and depth of 37.25” (95 cm). The seat height of the Nola Rocking Chair is set at 19.875” (50 cm) with arms at a height of 25.75” (65 cm).

Collection of elevation and plan drawings of the Nola Rocking Chair with heights, width, and depth dimensions
Nola Rocking Chair
Height:
37.25” | 95 cm
Width:
26.125” | 66 cm
Length:
Depth:
37.25” | 95 cm
Seat Height
19.875” | 50 cm
Arm Height
25.75” | 65 cm
Weight:
Area:
Materials
Walnut base; MDF and plywood frame; upholstered polyester and foam seat
Designer
Mistana
Year

Drawings include:
Nola Rocking Chair side elevation, front, back, plan

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Risom Rocker
Side elevation illustration of a man sitting in the Risom Rocker for scale

The Risom Rocker, with its nod to Danish design, is a highbacked, 9-buttoned tufted upholstered rocker with a wooden frame and arms. The Risom Rocker was designed by Jens Risom in 2009 when he invited Design Within Reach to collaborate on a comfortable, supportive rocking chair upholstered in a variety of fabrics.

The Risom Rocker has an overall height of 39” (99 cm), width of 29” (74 cm), and depth of 36” (91 cm). The seat height of the Risom Rocker is set at 18” (46 cm) with arms at 24.5” (62 cm).

Set of dimensioned plan and elevation drawings of the Risom Rocker measured for depth, width, and height
The Risom Rocker, with its nod to Danish design, is a highbacked, 9-buttoned tufted upholstered rocker with a wooden frame and arms. The Risom Rocker was designed by Jens Risom with Design Within Reach to collaborate on a comfortable, supportive rocking chair upholstered in a variety of fabrics.

The Risom Rocker has an overall height of 39” (99 cm), width of 29” (74 cm), and depth of 36” (91 cm). The seat height of the Risom Rocker is set at 18” (46 cm) with arms at 24.5” (62 cm).

Set of dimensioned plan and elevation drawings of the Risom Rocker measured for depth, width, and height
Risom Rocker
Height:
39” | 99 cm
Width:
29” | 74 cm
Length:
Depth:
36” | 91 cm
Seat Height
18” | 46 cm
Arm Height
24.5” | 62 cm
Weight:
Area:
Materials
Solid oak or walnut frame; plywood seat panel; seat cushion; fabric or leather upholstery
Designer
Jens Risom
Year
2009

Drawings include:
Risom Rocker front elevation, side, side (person), back, plan

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Adirondack Rocker

The Adirondack Rocker is a durable, all weather, outdoor rocker made from post-consumer recycled plastic and outfitted with a bottle opener under each arm. The Adirondack Rocker was designed by Loll, a company that was started as a way to repurpose excess skateboard ramp material, which aims to create furniture for the modern lollygagger.

The Adirondack Rocker has an overall height of 36.25” (92 cm), width of 28” (71 cm), and depth of 33.25” (84 cm). The seat height of the Adirondack Rocker is set at 14.5” (37 cm) with arms at a height of 21.5” (55 cm).

Dimensioned elevation and plan drawings of the Adirondack Rocker with heights, width and depth measurements
The Adirondack Rocker is a durable, all weather, outdoor rocker made from post-consumer recycled plastic and outfitted with a bottle opener under each arm. The Adirondack Rocker was designed by Loll which aims to create furniture for the modern lollygagger.

The Adirondack Rocker has an overall height of 36.25” (92 cm), width of 28” (71 cm), and depth of 33.25” (84 cm). The seat height of the Adirondack Rocker is set at 14.5” (37 cm) with arms at a height of 21.5” (55 cm).

Dimensioned elevation and plan drawings of the Adirondack Rocker with heights, width and depth measurements
Adirondack Rocker
Height:
36.25” | 92 cm
Width:
28” | 71 cm
Length:
Depth:
33.25” | 84 cm
Seat Height
14.5” | 37 cm
Arm Height
21.5” | 55 cm
Weight:
Area:
Materials
High-density polyethylene; stainless steel fasteners
Designer
Loll Designs
Year
2008

Drawings include:
Adirondack Rocker side elevation, front, back, plan

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IKEA Grönadal Rocking Chair

The IKEA Grönadal rocking chair is a lightweight rocker made from handwoven rattan and ash colored wood. This airy rocker embodies modern Scandinavian design through its use of natural materials. The IKEA Grönadal Rocking chair is designed and sold by IKEA, but due to its handwoven nature maintains individuality with each and every chair.

The IKEA Grönadal Rocking Chair has an overall height of 33.875” (86 cm), width of 31.5” (80 cm), and depth of 31.875” (81 cm). The seat height of the IKEA Grönadal Rocking Chair is set at 16.5” (42 cm) with arms at a height of 23.5” (60 cm).

Collection of elevation and plan drawings of the IKEA Grönadal Rocking Chair with heights, width, and depth dimensions
The IKEA Grönadal rocking chair is a lightweight rocker made from handwoven rattan and ash colored wood and embodies modern Scandinavian design. The IKEA Grönadal Rocking chair is designed and sold by IKEA, but due to its handwoven nature maintains individuality with each and every chair.

The IKEA Grönadal Rocking Chair has an overall height of 33.875” (86 cm), width of 31.5” (80 cm), and depth of 31.875” (81 cm). The seat height of the IKEA Grönadal Rocking Chair is set at 16.5” (42 cm) with arms at a height of 23.5” (60 cm).

Collection of elevation and plan drawings of the IKEA Grönadal Rocking Chair with heights, width, and depth dimensions
IKEA Grönadal Rocking Chair
Height:
33.875” | 86 cm
Width:
31.5” | 80 cm
Length:
Depth:
31.875” | 81 cm
Seat Height
16.5” | 42 cm
Arm Height
23.5” | 60 cm
Weight:
Area:
Materials
Solid ash frame and rocker; steel arm frame; rattan weaving
Designer
Lisa Hilland (IKEA)
Year
2015

Drawings include:
IKEA Grönadal Rocking Chair side elevation, front, back, plan

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IKEA Sundvik Children’s Rocking Chair

The IKEA Sundvik Children’s Rocking Chair is a simple, wooden framed rocker for furnishing a child’s bedroom or playroom. Rocking chairs help to develop children’s sensory abilities and sense of balance, so IKEA made the Sundvik Children’s rocking chair specifically just for children.

The IKEA Sundvik Children’s Rocking Chair has an overall height of 22.5” (57 cm), width of 14.625” (37 cm), and depth of 27.125” (69 cm). The seat height of the IKEA Sundvik Children’s Rocking Chair is set at 11.375” (29 cm) with arms at a height of 17” (43 cm).

Set of dimensioned drawings of the IKEA Sundvik Children’s Rocking Chair with heights, width, and depth in plan and elevation
The IKEA Sundvik Children’s Rocking Chair is a simple, wooden framed rocker for furnishing a child’s bedroom or playroom. Rocking chairs help to develop children’s sensory abilities and sense of balance, so IKEA made the Sundvik Children’s rocking chair specifically just for children.

The IKEA Sundvik Children’s Rocking Chair has an overall height of 22.5” (57 cm), width of 14.625” (37 cm), and depth of 27.125” (69 cm). The seat height of the IKEA Sundvik Children’s Rocking Chair is set at 11.375” (29 cm) with arms at a height of 17” (43 cm).

Set of dimensioned drawings of the IKEA Sundvik Children’s Rocking Chair with heights, width, and depth in plan and elevation
IKEA Sundvik Children’s Rocking Chair
Height:
22.5” | 57 cm
Width:
14.625” | 37 cm
Length:
Depth:
27.125” | 69 cm
Seat Height
11.375” | 29 cm
Arm Height
17” | 43 cm
Weight:
Area:
Materials
Solid beech rockers; solid pine frame; fiberboard seat
Designer
Eva Schildt (IKEA)
Year
2011

Drawings include:
IKEA Sundvik Children’s Rocking Chair side elevation, front, back, plan

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