Jasmine Oliver. Rocking Chair. October 20th , 2017.
At some point in history rocking chairs arrived in the USA. It would be convenient to link their arrival with that of the 'Mayflower' but they were not heard of until about a hundred years after the pilgrims arrival and it wasn't until the 1800's that American furniture manufacturers saw any merit in their production. When they did, the Salem, Boston and American Windsor rocking chairs were born. These were all popular and were used mostly for sitting in the garden or relaxing on the porch.
The joys of a rocking chair are many, quiet joys though they are. As technology continues its constant onward march, some people still remember the peace and simplicity that comes with making a rocker a part of every day life. Some might think rockers are only for old people, but in truth, anyone who sits can gain some benefit from using this type of chair. That's because rockers are all about motion- not the crazy motion of long distance travel or freaky dancing, but something much more subtle, a gentle back and forth that may seem unremarkable to the naked eye. In truth, however, these motions can have a rather profound physical and psychological impact on us as humans. Sitting for long periods in one spot is likely to make our bodies stiff and our minds a little crazy, but sitting in a rocker keeps us engaged and our bodies are constantly moving, constantly adjusting. The fact that these movements and adjustments are slow does not really matter, because we repeat the movement so much. But sit in a rocker for an hour and sit in a normal chair for an hour- I bet you will come off the rocker feeling refreshed and rested, while your body might revolt before the hour is up if you're sitting in the regular chair.
Rockers are usually made of hardwood, and this makes them really durable and strong. Aside from making the rocking chairs stronger and long-lasting, hardwoods provide aesthetic value to rockers because of their beautiful colors and grain. Hardwoods' properties add flair and beauty to rocking chairs, and this adds to their design value. Adding a hardwood rocking chair carved beautifully and made with intricate designs will surely add spice to an otherwise bland room.
Depth of the rocking chair is also personal comfort. If your comfort lies in leaning back in the chair to take a nap or gazing at the sky then the Rustic Low Back Rocking Chair may fit you better than the straighter porch rocker. The porch rocker adds a support to your back that you may find more comfortable to eating during a party than the lower back rocking chair. Remember no matter what your personal style is and the limit of your finances the wood outdoor rocking chairs adds style and comfort to your patio or porch through the type of wood, the depth of the chair, and the accompanying furniture. The rocking chairs add to the wood patio furniture as a complement for a table or your basic patio chair.
Moving outside, by choosing the proper plans and weather treated lumber, you can create beautiful outdoor furniture which could last for a decade or more. Often outdoor furniture purchased at the local super center is made from plastic, cheap fabrics, and metal supports. While it may stand up to the weather, it does not look great doing it. A classic looking two seat Adirondack rocking chair sitting on your deck or front porch will look fabulous. Instead of settling for cheap looking furniture and paying a bundle, grab your tools, a few materials, and build your own classic outdoor chair.
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