Joyce Wallace. Rocking Chair. October 23rd , 2017.
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.
The rocking motion relieves stress. Yes, your child can be stressed out by your going to the grocers and leaving her behind with the nanny or with older siblings. She could be pressured by the demands to eat her vegetables or stop bedwetting. If you notice her reverting to thumb sucking, nose-picking, and hair twirling - that's it. She's stressed out.
First, you need to decide between a traditional rocker and a glider. Traditional indoor rockers are the kind that rock on two long curved pieces while gliders are mechanical pieces of furniture that mimic the feeling of a rocking chair by gliding along rungs. There are pros and cons to both approaches. With a traditional rocking chair, there is no risk of mechanical creaking or grinding noises, but there is a risk of catching a toe, foot, hand, or tail under one of the rockers if you are not careful. With the glider, the rise can be more smooth, but the mechanical parts need to be covered up and the decorating options are not as great because there is upholstery on the chair. A traditional rocker is plain and you can dress it up as much or as little as you want.
Today's rocking chairs are distinguished by their diverse materials and cutting edge, sometimes outrageous, designs. One of the modern era's most unique was created by Ron Arad in 1990. The single volume rocking arm chair is made of steel that also tilts upward when it is not used. Meanwhile, Peter Opsvik of Norway created the \"gravity balance\" in 1999. This ergonomic rocking chair allows the sitter to relax or stretch through its four positions. Another unique one was created in 1999 by Illka Terho and Teppo Asikaine of Sweden. Known as the \"chip lounger,\" this rocking chair is shaped like a surfboard. In 2001, MAC Sports, USA released the \"malibu\" rocking chair, which can be folded up completely into its own carrying case.
Gliders and children's rockers are non-conventional designs for rocking chairs. Gliders lose the traditional curved wood rocker, and instead replaces it with smooth hinges that move back and forth. The same design is adapted for children's rockers that are usually found in cribs. While gliders are more expensive than the traditional rocking chair, this design is more favoured in environments and rooms where the characteristic noise of a rocking chair is not favoured. Gliders that are found in children's rooms and nurseries and even libraries are most favourable because they produce very little noise.
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