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.
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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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Want to add a little fun to your living room? This sassy rocker could do the trick. The bold colour and fun shape will add an unexpected pop to a modern space.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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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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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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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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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.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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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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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.