Lorrie Dunn. Rocking Chair. October 31st , 2017.
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.
You also need to decide on the material for your indoor rocking chair. Traditional rocking chairs are made of a variety of materials including wood, metal, plastic, and wicker. If you choose wood, you will need to pick between the many different types and stained colors of wood. The upholstery on the gliders can be almost anything. There are gliders with regular cloth upholstery, leather, suede, or any other fabric used in sitting furniture.
The styles differ in slates as well whether you find the horizontal slat to be more comfortable than the vertical slate. The width of the slates also differs from a wider slate to the slate that is closer together. Comfort will determine the slate choice and is personal. Whether it is your patio that needs the furniture or your front porch the styles exists for both. The front porch is often more intimate requiring the loveseat rocking chair or glider while the patio may need an individual seat with a table to place your drinks on.
Michael Thonet, a German craftsman, created the first bentwood rocking chair in 1860. This design is distinguished by its graceful shape and its light weight. Thonet used bent steamed wood for these rocking chairs. Because of their affordability and beautiful design, bentwood rocking chairs not only became famous around the world but spawned countless imitators as well. Neoclassical designs also became a trend in the US during the 1890s. These rocking chairs were influenced by Greek and Roman designs as well as Renaissance and colonial era artistry. During the 1920s, however, folding rocking chairs became more popular in the US and in Europe. They were handy for outdoor activities and travel purposes. By the 1950s, rocking chairs built by Sam Maloof, a US craftsman, became famous for their durability and deluxe appearance. Maloof's rocking chairs are distinguished by their ski-shaped rockers.
Many rockers are made of wood although there are many different types of wood used in their construction. The key difference is in the weight of the wood used, with heavy wooden chairs being slightly bulkier but also sturdier. This contrasts with rockers that are constructed with lightweight wood to make them less bulky and much easier to move around the home. Some nursery rocking chairs are produced with natural wood and while they may be a little costlier, they can provide a much better visual look than wood that has been processed. Natural wood nursery rocking chairs not only provide a better visual look, they are recognised as being built to last. This is particularly important if you are considering keeping your nursery rocker as an heirloom.
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