Jodie Gilmore. Rocking Chair. October 25th , 2017.
The original inventor of the rocking chair is still unknown. Though some stories attribute its invention to Benjamin Franklin, no historical evidence can prove them right. Historians can only trace the rocking chair's origins to North America during the early 18th century. They were originally used in gardens and were just ordinary chairs with two rockers at their bottoms. It was in 1725 that early rocking chairs first appeared in England. They were also used as garden chairs and had hoop-shaped backs. The distinction of being the creator of the first popular rocking chair design actually belonged to England's North American colonies. Windsor rockers, as this design was called, were first built near the Windsor Castle in the early 1700s. These rocking chairs featured a round hoop back, a birdcage (with spindles known for its cage-like appearance), and a comb-back (with comb-shaped head rest). The wicker rocking chair was another popular design created during that time. The production of wicker rocking chairs reached its peak in America during the middle of the 18th century. These wicker rockers, as they were popularly known, were famous for their craftsmanship and creative designs.
Do you remember that special day when you received your very own childs rocking chair or rocking horse as a young kid? For me it was the classic rocking horse on my 3rd birthday. Oh what a wonderful birthday! I was suddenly the mighty cowboy riding on my trusted horse (through the dry and hot desert) fighting Indians as I went. It is amazing how ingrained in my memory is this little horse on a frame with four springs. Then as I grew a little older, I remember getting a real childrens chair that had my name on it and was painted camouflage to match my GI Joe decorated room. Kids rocking chairs are a very memorable piece of furniture because they are a great toy, they can fit in with the bedroom décor, and can bring hours of quality time with a loved one.
Indoor rocking chairs are fantastic pieces of furniture that can find a place in almost any home. They are comfortable, relaxing, beautiful, and fun. There is no feeling like coming home after a long day on your feet and sitting down in a rocking chair where you can rock your stress right off and finally relax. Or, who can forget what it is like to sit with your baby in a rocker and gently rock him or her to sleep in your arms. Moments like that are precious and the indoor rocking chair can help you get them. There are a few things you need to think about when choosing your indoor rocking chair.
What do you think of when you think of a rocking chair? Grandpa rocking on the porch enjoying his after dinner pipe of tobacco? Maybe you get a picture of Grandma sitting by the fire knitting furiously and then falling asleep with the cat on her lap? What about a mother nursing her new born baby until the baby eventually falls to sleep (or the mother does). There is no other piece of furniture which quite evokes our memories to the same extent as the humble rocking chair, many illustrators even picture Santa Claus is a rocking chair, having forty winks before setting off back up the chimney. This chair has been an inherent part of our history and, as with so many other things has evolved a long way from its crude beginnings.
There are different types of rocking chairs available and sold in the market, and it is important to consider what you're looking for so that what you get will be what you need. Thes chairs are the conventional rocking chairs. These are the ones placed inside the home-in bedrooms, libraries, children's rooms, living rooms and dens. These chairs usually have cushions and fabric trimmings that add to the comfort of the chair. These chairs are made of wicker and wood, and can be made to suit the theme of the room they will be placed in. Intricate carvings and designs can add to its aesthetic value. Sometimes, indoor rocking chairs can be chosen just so its design stands out in the room. This way, the rocking chair becomes the defining piece of furniture in the room it is in.
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