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.

Rocking Chairs Guides
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36.25” | 92 cm
28” | 71 cm
33.25” | 84 cm
2008
Adirondack Rocker
92.000
71.000
84.000
2008.00
300
https://p3d.in/e/XdHi6
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Adirondack Rocker3D model of the Adirondack Rocker viewed in perspective3D model of the Adirondack Rocker viewed in perspective
40.125” | 102 cm
28.75” | 73 cm
41.25” | 105 cm
Compass Rocking Chair
102.000
73.000
105.000
10
https://p3d.in/e/pUGoA
3D
Compass Rocking ChairView of the Compass Rocking Chair in 3D available for downloadView of the Compass Rocking Chair in 3D available for download
41.5” | 105 cm
26” | 66 cm
35.5” | 90 cm
Decker Rocking Chair
105.000
66.000
90.000
10
https://p3d.in/e/w8LzR
3D
Decker Rocking ChairPerspective view of a 3D model of the Decker Rocking ChairPerspective view of a 3D model of the Decker Rocking Chair
26.5” | 67 cm
25” | 64 cm
27.25” | 69 cm
1948
Eames Molded Plastic Rocker
67.000
64.000
69.000
1948.00
350
3D
Eames Molded Plastic Rocker3D model of the Eames Molded Plastic Rocker viewed in perspective3D model of the Eames Molded Plastic Rocker viewed in perspective
33” | 84 cm
22” | 56 cm
24” | 61 cm
2001
Heritage Rocking Armchair
84.000
56.000
61.000
2001.00
5
https://p3d.in/e/4YiBx
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Heritage Rocking ArmchairView of the Heritage Rocking Armchair in 3D available for downloadView of the Heritage Rocking Armchair in 3D available for download
33.875” | 86 cm
31.5” | 80 cm
31.875” | 81 cm
2015
IKEA Grönadal Rocking Chair
86.000
80.000
81.000
2015.00
5
https://p3d.in/e/MAtQq
3D
IKEA Grönadal Rocking ChairPerspective view of a 3D model of the IKEA Grönadal Rocking ChairPerspective view of a 3D model of the IKEA Grönadal Rocking Chair
37.375” | 95 cm
26.75” | 68 cm
37” | 94 cm
2008
IKEA Poäng Rocking Chair
95.000
68.000
94.000
2008.00
600
https://p3d.in/e/87OgE
3D
IKEA Poäng Rocking ChairView of the IKEA Poäng Rocking Chair in 3D available for downloadView of the IKEA Poäng Rocking Chair in 3D available for download
22.5” | 57 cm
14.625” | 37 cm
27.125” | 69 cm
2011
IKEA Sundvik Children’s Rocking Chair
57.000
37.000
69.000
2011.00
0
https://p3d.in/e/aYIlQ
3D
IKEA Sundvik Children’s Rocking ChairPerspective view of a 3D model of the IKEA Sundvik Children’s Rocking ChairPerspective view of a 3D model of the IKEA Sundvik Children’s Rocking Chair
33.5” | 85 cm
26.75” | 68 cm
35.5” | 90 cm
2019
IKEA Överallt Rocking Chair
85.000
68.000
90.000
2019.00
0
https://p3d.in/e/R1rNP
3D
IKEA Överallt Rocking Chair3D model of the IKEA Överallt Rocking Chair viewed in perspective3D model of the IKEA Överallt Rocking Chair viewed in perspective
43” | 109 cm
26” | 66 cm
40” | 102 cm
Mellinger Rocking Chair
109.000
66.000
102.000
5
https://p3d.in/e/WzxSF
3D
Mellinger Rocking Chair3D model of the Mellinger Rocking Chair viewed in perspective3D model of the Mellinger Rocking Chair viewed in perspective
37.25” | 95 cm
26.125” | 66 cm
37.25” | 95 cm
Nola Rocking Chair
95.000
66.000
95.000
80
https://p3d.in/e/WzZHu
3D
Nola Rocking ChairView of the Nola Rocking Chair in 3D available for downloadView of the Nola Rocking Chair in 3D available for download
39” | 99 cm
29” | 74 cm
36” | 91 cm
2009
Risom Rocker
99.000
74.000
91.000
2009.00
60
https://p3d.in/e/8an0w
3D
Risom RockerPerspective view of a 3D model of the Risom RockerPerspective view of a 3D model of the Risom Rocker
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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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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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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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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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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