10 Stylish and Sassy Rocking Chairs

When most people think about rocking chairs, they think of lazy afternoons on front porches and midnight feedings in babies' nurseries. But rocking chairs are so much more than just that. Rockers are designed for relaxing and there's no good reason why that shouldn't be a part of every room in the house. Rocking chairs can be perfectly at home in living rooms and family rooms and they can significantly contribute to the comfort of the space.

Rocking chair designs have come a long way over the years. What used to consist of just a simple wooden frame has evolved to include upholstered seats and backs, aluminum and plastic frames, and wildly different styles.

If you're thinking of adding a rocking chair to your living room or family room, then make sure you're familiar with all the different options. The following are just a sampling of all the great styles and shapes available on the market today.

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    Risom Rocker

    Risom Rocking Chair
    Design Within Reach

    Designed by Jens Risom, this upholstered rocker was designed with comfort in mind. The high back and sculpted armrests ensure that anyone who settles into it is guaranteed to be comfy.

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    Sleepy Oak Rocker

    Sleepy Modern Rocking Chair
    Hive Modern

    The frame of this modern rocker is designed to look like one continuous piece of wood. Definitely not your grandmother's rocking chair, this piece certainly belongs in a modern interior.

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    Empire Rocker

    Classic Upholstered Empire Rocking Chair
    Nursery Works

    The Empire rocker is a fun take on traditional-style wing chairs. The tufted upholstery is classically luxurious and the style practically begs to be put in a traditional room. This piece could be equally at home in a child's nursery or traditional living room or library.

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    James Rocker

    Ultra Modern James Rocking Chair

    Want to add a little fun to your living room? This sassy rocker could do the trick. The bold color and fun shape will add an unexpected pop to a modern space.

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    Emeco Hudson Rocking Chair

    Modern Hudson Rocking Chair

    This polished aluminum rocking chair designed by Phillipe Starck has become a modern classic. Designed to be functional, it's also comfortable enough to sit in for long periods and sturdy enough to last a lifetime.

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    Joya Rocker

    Modern Upholstered Joya Rocking Chair

    This transitional rocker would be right at home in a variety of different styles of rooms. It has a definite mid-century modern vibe but could easily move from room to room.

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    Tudor Rocker

    Pottery Barn Tudor Rocking Chair
    Pottery Barn

    Think a rocking chair can't be formal? Think again! The Tudor chair's tufted upholstery and nailhead trim are classy and luxurious. This small and compact chair would be a great addition to a New Traditional-style living room.

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    Morgan Glider

    Upholstered Morgan Glider Rocking Chair
    Ethan Allen

    Streamlined and stylish, the Morgan chair has a straight silhouette that makes it appropriate for both modern and traditional rooms. Sure, you could use it in a nursery, but it's also perfect for curling up with a good book in the living room.

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    Eames Moulded Plastic Rocker

    Eames Rocking Chair
    Herman Miller

    No list of rocking chairs would be complete without the Eames Moulded Plastic Rocker. Originally designed in 1948, it has gone through a few changes over the years (mainly in the materials used) but is just as popular as ever.

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    POANG Ikea Rocker

    Ikea POANG Rocker


    Leave it to Ikea to come up with a stylish but affordable version of the classic rocking chair. Like most Scandinavian-inspired pieces, this chair looks best in minimalist interiors.

Rocking chairs will always be associated with comfort and relaxation, but they should also be associated with great style. No longer are they just plain wooden frames relegated to front porches or sweet versions reserved for children's nurseries. As the above examples demonstrate, they've got style and sass to spare.