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
Browse through our curated Rocking Chairs Guides for additional categorizations, tips, details, variations, styles, and histories of Rocking Chairs. Guides provide additional insights into the unique properties and shared relationships between elements.
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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
3D
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
3D
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
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 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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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 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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Heritage Rocking Armchair

Based on the functionality, form, and practicality of aluminum naval chairs, the Heritage Rocking Chair is a durable, weather resistant, no-frills rocker. This low maintenance Heritage rocking chair was created through a partnership with the designer, Philippe Starck, and Emeco, a reputable maker of navy chairs, in 2001.

The Heritage Rocking Armchair has an overall height of 33” (84 cm), width of 22” (56 cm), and depth of 24” (61 cm). The seat height of the Heritage Rocking Armchair is set at 18” (46 cm) with arms at a height of 27.5” (70 cm).

Dimensioned elevation and plan drawings of the Heritage Rocking Armchair with heights, width and depth measurements
Based on the functionality, form, and practicality of aluminum naval chairs, the Heritage Rocking Chair is a durable, weather resistant, no-frills rocker. This low maintenance Heritage rocking chair was created through a partnership with the designer, Philippe Starck, and Emeco, in 2001

The Heritage Rocking Armchair has an overall height of 33” (84 cm), width of 22” (56 cm), and depth of 24” (61 cm). The seat height of the Heritage Rocking Armchair is set at 18” (46 cm) with arms at a height of 27.5” (70 cm).

Dimensioned elevation and plan drawings of the Heritage Rocking Armchair with heights, width and depth measurements
Heritage Rocking Armchair
Height:
33” | 84 cm
Width:
22” | 56 cm
Length:
Depth:
24” | 61 cm
Seat Height
18” | 46 cm
Arm Height
27.5” | 70 cm
Weight:
Area:
Materials
Aluminum
Designer
Philippe Starck
Year
2001

Drawings include:
Heritage Rocking Armchair side elevation, front, back, plan

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