|When you think of a rocking chair, what image pops into your mind? Perhaps you remember sitting on a porch in the warm summer sun, sipping lemonade while watching clouds roll by. Or maybe you picture your mom or dad lulling you to sleep while sitting in a rocking chair. Let's take a quick look at the history of rocking chairs, and feel free to check out our rockers by clicking on any image below.|
Rocking Chairs Defined
At their simplest, rocking chairs can be described as chairs with curved bands (rockers) attached to the bottom of the legs. Rockers contact the floor at only two points, rather than the usual four of a standard chair, allowing the occupant to rock back and forth. By gently shifting your weight, or pushing against the floor with your feet, you can give your rocking chair just enough power to shift. Commonly, rocking chairs are made of wood, and are displayed plainly to show off their rustic, welcoming looks. You can also choose to adorn a rocking chair with rocker pads to add a little more comfort and style.
Rocking chairs are known to produce calming effects for the occupant, making them ideal for soothing babies or seating in a living room. Rocking motions are known to help people relax and fall asleep, perhaps because rocking is associated with safety and comfort. Rocking chairs are also comfortable because when a user sits in one without rocking, the chair naturally rocks back until the sitter's center of gravity is met. This creates an ergonomic benefit as the occupant is kept at an unstressed position and angle. Varieties of rockers also include those with swinging braces commonly known as gliders.
Rockers for Every Need
American inventor Benjamin Franklin is often credited for inventing the rocking chair, but historians can trace the history of the rocking chair back to the early 18th century, when Franklin was a child. These rockers, originally used in gardens, were simply chairs with rockers attached. By the middle of the 18th century, wicker rocking chairs were increasingly popular in America. By the 1920s, folding rocking chairs were all the rage. People were more mobile, enjoying leisure time and wanting to bring their most comfortable chairs with them. Shown here are traditionally styled Windsor, Mission and Double rockers.