How to Choose a Rocking Chair

Rocking chairs, also called rockers, provide an unparalleled sense of relaxation and comfort for people of all ages. They allow the occupant to rock gently back and forth by shifting his/her weight. Choosing the right rocking chair is difficult, as there are many points to consider. This guide will help you choose the right rocking chair.

Steps

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    Check the weight of the chair. Light chairs rock easily while heavier ones require more effort. Which one you prefer will vary, based on your weight and build.
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    Decide where you are going to place the chair. If you are going to be placing it inside, an oak chair might be a good choice. Outdoor rockers are normally made of teak.
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    Live-test the chair. Sit on it, and see if you are comfortable. Rock the chair lightly, and check the various details, like the length of the armrests, curvature of the seat, and the toughness of the wood.
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    Check the joints. See whether the joints are attached with glue, or are interlocked. Interlocking joints are much more durable, but a little more expensive. If you are going to be using the rocker for a long period of time, go for the interlocking variety. If you are going to use it for a shorter duration, buy the glued variety.
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    Check the price. Set a budget and stick to it. Don't go overboard even if you see your dream chair. The best rocker for you is often the chair with the best price-to-comfort ratio.
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    Choose a design. Rocking chairs come in many shapes, sizes, and colours, so choose one that you like. Don't let the salesmen con you into choosing a design you don't like. You will regret it later.
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    Make your decision. Once you have considered all the factors, make the final decision. Go through all the chairs again, and finalise it. Once you are done, stroll out of the shop confidently.

Tips

  • Listen to the advice given to you by salesmen, but take it with a grain of salt.
  • Ask your friends and family for advice. They will be more than happy to help you.

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