Relaxing Wooden Rocking Chairs
Nothing says a rocking chair like a wooden rocking chair. That is the classic rocking chair look — wooden. If your memories of great-granddad include him in a rocking chair, it was certainly a wooden one. Memories like that keep wooden rocking chairs popular, aren’t they?
Now, it’s your turn — your time to capture new memories of rocking away a mellow eve after you have earned it with hard, fulfilling work. If you have your wooden rocker already, great! Get to rocking! If you are searching for new wooden rocking chairs, you may find this hub beneficial. I am here to help. Together, let’s help you shop for a wooden rocking chair.
Wooden rocking chairs need not be plain. You can find the chair that suits you.
Let’s look at the styles of the wooden rocking chairs to get an idea of what you’ll be considering when you shop. As we discussed earlier, there is the classic — an old man on the porch, if you will — style. This style is often clear-coated or painted white or dark green. There is nothing wrong with this style, of course. If you like classic, I say run with it! You do, however, have options.
The list of available types of wooden rocking chairs is as thorough as the day is long, as they say. Next to classic is Adirondack, log-style, South Beach, wicker, and the list continues extensively.
The best wooden rocking chair is — in my mind — one made of sustainable wood or, in some other way, eco-friendly. Sustainable wood harvesting methods are essential to the survival of the human race. Being eco-friendly is not really about saving the planet. It is about saving us — about extending humanity. The planet will be hereafter we are long gone.
So let’s extend humanity and talk about sustainable wood rocking chairs. There are not so many types of sustainable woods — much like no one type of lettuce is guaranteed to be organic no matter whose brand you buy. The thing to look for is a certified sustainable wood product. Look for a seal or decal on any chair you consider purchasing, indicating the product is made with a sustainable wood crop.
It is one thing to talk about finding rocking chairs made of sustainable wood and quite another to find them. In this case, you could even go without wood and still get the wood look with a tree-free alternative. I have looked for a rocker made of something similar to the eco-deck materials Trex or SmartDeck, but I have yet to find one. Still currently available are rockers made of used (recycled) plastic soda bottles. Wouldn’t you love rocking in a pop bottle chair made to look like painted wood?
Finally, there is another way to go green with your wooden rocking chairs; I submit it is the best way. One environmentalist slogan goes Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Reusing is often far better than recycling –, and when we reuse, we are also reducing — and that’s where yard sales, CraigsList, and FreeCycle come into this conversation.
Rise early on enough sunny Saturday mornings to visit yard sales in your area, and I guarantee you will find one or more bargain-priced wooden rocking chairs before too long. Quality will vary, but one person often cast off is another’s rock-away comfort.
Aside from yard sales, hit Craigslist and FreeCycle for your wooden rocking chair needs. I’m certain any day you search the larger metro CraigsLists (like San Francisco, Dallas, or even Raleigh) for rocking chairs, you will find matches. From there, try to make a deal with the seller.
Of course, if free is your favorite price, join your local FreeCycle.com bulletin board. It will likely require a little patience and your ability to beat your local competition of other FreeCyclers to the punch, but soon enough, you will have new (used) wooden rocking chairs.
Choosing the right wooden rocking chair that meets your need can be daunting. However, several factors you can consider will help you decide which one to bring home.
First and foremost, comfort is key. After all, what good is a rocking chair if you can’t sink into it and feel instantly at ease? When trying out different rocking chairs, take your time and sit in each one for a while. Pay attention to the angle of the backrest, the depth of the seat, and the height of the armrests. Everyone has their preferences regarding comfort, so trust your instincts and choose a chair that makes you feel like you’re floating on a cloud.
Next, consider the style and design of the rocking chair. This is where you can let your taste shine. Do you prefer a classic, traditional look or a more modern, sleek design? Wooden rocking chairs come in various shapes, sizes, and finishes, so take a moment to envision how the chair will fit into your existing decor. Whether a rustic cabin or a contemporary apartment, the right rocking chair can be a beautiful focal point in any room.
Durability is another factor to consider when selecting a wooden rocking chair. You want a chair that will stand the test of time and continue to bring you joy for years. Look for chairs made from high-quality, sturdy wood such as oak, maple, or teak. These hardwoods are known for their strength and resilience, ensuring that your rocking chair will remain solid and stable even after countless hours of use.
Furthermore, don’t forget about maintenance. While wooden rocking chairs are known for their natural beauty, they require some care to keep them looking their best. Opt for chairs that have a protective finish or are easy to clean and maintain. Regular dusting and occasional polishing will help preserve the chair’s luster and prevent any damage from occurring.
Don’t forget to consider your budget. Wooden rocking chairs come in a wide price range, so it’s important to set a budget before you start your search. Remember, a rocking chair is an investment in your comfort and well-being, so don’t be afraid to splurge a little if you find a chair that truly speaks to your soul.
Choosing the perfect wooden rocking chair is a personal journey that combines comfort, style, durability, and budget. It’s about finding that one chair that will become your sanctuary, your go-to spot for relaxation and rejuvenation. So, take your time, explore different options, and trust your instincts. After all, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of gently rocking back and forth, cradled in the embrace of a well-chosen wooden rocking chair.