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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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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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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Decker Rocking Chair

The Decker Rocking Chair blends style with comfort; the rocker, with its molded shape, recessed arms, and rounded rubberwood base, makes the perfect midcentury modern rocking chair. The Decker Rocking Chair was designed by Brayden Studios, a leader in contemporary furniture design with an understanding that comfort need not be sacrificed for style.

The Decker Rocking Chair has an overall height of 41.5” (105 cm), width of 26” (66 cm), and depth of 35.5” (90 cm). The seat height of the Decker Rocking Chair is set at 19” (48 cm) with arms at a height of 25.5” (65 cm).

Collection of elevation and plan drawings of the Decker Rocking Chair with heights, width, and depth dimensions
The Decker Rocking Chair blends style with comfort; the rocker, with its molded shape, recessed arms, and rounded rubberwood base, makes the perfect midcentury modern rocking chair. The Decker Rocking Chair was designed by Brayden Studios knowing that comfort need not be sacrificed for style.

The Decker Rocking Chair has an overall height of 41.5” (105 cm), width of 26” (66 cm), and depth of 35.5” (90 cm). The seat height of the Decker Rocking Chair is set at 19” (48 cm) with arms at a height of 25.5” (65 cm).

Collection of elevation and plan drawings of the Decker Rocking Chair with heights, width, and depth dimensions
Decker Rocking Chair
Height:
41.5” | 105 cm
Width:
26” | 66 cm
Length:
Depth:
35.5” | 90 cm
Seat Height
19” | 48 cm
Arm Height
25.5” | 65 cm
Weight:
Area:
Materials
Rubberwood base; injected foam seat with upholstery; steel frame
Designer
Brayden Studio
Year

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

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Compass Rocking Chair

The Compass Rocker unites a balance of geometric form and luxury through its rounded, plush, armrests that sit atop a metal base, which provides the user with a smooth rocking experience. The Compass Rocker was designed by Nursery Works, a company that brings high design and luxury into the nursery.

The Compass Rocking Chair has an overall height of 40.125” (102 cm), width of 28.75” (73 cm), and depth of 41.25” (105 cm). The seat height of the Compass Rocking Chair is set at 20.25” (51 cm) with arms at a height of 27” (69 cm).

Dimensioned elevation and plan drawings of the Compass Rocking Chair with heights, width and depth measurements
The Compass Rocker unites a balance of geometric form and luxury through its rounded, plush, armrests that sit atop a metal base, which provides the user with a smooth rocking experience. The Compass Rocker was designed by Nursery Works, a company that brings high design and luxury into the nursery.

The Compass Rocking Chair has an overall height of 40.125” (102 cm), width of 28.75” (73 cm), and depth of 41.25” (105 cm). The seat height of the Compass Rocking Chair is set at 20.25” (51 cm) with arms at a height of 27” (69 cm).

Dimensioned elevation and plan drawings of the Compass Rocking Chair with heights, width and depth measurements
Compass Rocking Chair
Height:
40.125” | 102 cm
Width:
28.75” | 73 cm
Length:
Depth:
41.25” | 105 cm
Seat Height
20.25” | 51 cm
Arm Height
27” | 69 cm
Weight:
Area:
Materials
Rose gold metal base; metal frame; upholstered polyester blend cushions
Designer
Nursery Works
Year

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

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IKEA Poäng Rocking Chair

The IKEA Poäng rocking chair is a classic design; cushioned seat and back with a variety of covers to choose from paired with a wooden, smooth, rocking frame. The IKEA Poäng rocking chair has been a staple of IKEA design for 40 years, becoming so iconic that the chair is created in an adult size, as well as, a child’s size.

The IKEA Poäng Rocking Chair has an overall height of 37.375” (95 cm), width of 26.75” (68 cm), and depth of 37” (94 cm). The seat height of the IKEA Poäng Rocking Chair is set at 17.75” (45 cm) with arms at a height of 23.75” (60 cm).

Set of dimensioned drawings of the IKEA Poäng Rocking Chair labeled with heights, width, and depth in plan and elevation
The IKEA Poäng rocking chair is a classic design; cushioned seat and back with a variety of covers to choose from paired with a wooden, smooth, rocking frame. The IKEA Poäng rocking chair has been a staple of Ikea design for 40 years in an adult size, as well as, a child’s size.

The IKEA Poäng Rocking Chair has an overall height of 37.375” (95 cm), width of 26.75” (68 cm), and depth of 37” (94 cm). The seat height of the IKEA Poäng Rocking Chair is set at 17.75” (45 cm) with arms at a height of 23.75” (60 cm).

Set of dimensioned drawings of the IKEA Poäng Rocking Chair labeled with heights, width, and depth in plan and elevation
IKEA Poäng Rocking Chair
Height:
37.375” | 95 cm
Width:
26.75” | 68 cm
Length:
Depth:
37” | 94 cm
Seat Height
17.75” | 45 cm
Arm Height
23.75” | 60 cm
Weight:
Area:
Materials
Molded glue-layered wood frame; polyurethane foam cushions; cotton lining
Designer
Noboru Nakamura (IKEA)
Year
2008

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

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