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
Mellinger Rocking Chair

The Mellinger Rocking Chair is solid seat, with a simple, smooth, geometry designed to be at home in a nursery or used as part of a living room ensemble. Upholstered in four different colors of fabric and set on top of a wood and metal frame, the Mellinger Rocking Chair fits in anywhere inside one’s home.

The Mellinger Rocking Chair has an overall height of 43” (109 cm), width of 26” (66 cm), and depth of 40” (102 cm). The seat height of the Mellinger Rocking Chair is set at 19” (48 cm) with arms at a height of 24” (61 cm).

Collection of elevation and plan drawings of the Mellinger Rocking Chair with heights, width, and depth dimensions
The Mellinger Rocking Chair is solid seat, with a simple, smooth, geometry designed to be at home in a nursery or as part of a living room set. Upholstered in four different colors of fabric and set on top of a wood and metal frame, the Mellinger Rocking Chair fits in anywhere inside one’s home.

The Mellinger Rocking Chair has an overall height of 43” (109 cm), width of 26” (66 cm), and depth of 40” (102 cm). The seat height of the Mellinger Rocking Chair is set at 19” (48 cm) with arms at a height of 24” (61 cm).

Collection of elevation and plan drawings of the Mellinger Rocking Chair with heights, width, and depth dimensions
Mellinger Rocking Chair
Height:
43” | 109 cm
Width:
26” | 66 cm
Length:
Depth:
40” | 102 cm
Seat Height
19” | 48 cm
Arm Height
24” | 61 cm
Weight:
Area:
Materials
Solid wood rockers; metal frame; upholstered polyester and foam cushion
Designer
Mack & Milo
Year

Drawings include:
Mellinger Rocking Chair side elevation, front, 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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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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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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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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