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Most people spend their evenings relaxing in front of the TV and letting the day come to an end. Especially nowadays, when work and everyday life also mean stress, it is important to just come down in the evening. And what is better suited for this than a cosy rocking chair?

They are available in many different versions and colours, so there is certainly something for everyone. So that you can get an accurate picture of rocking chairs, we have selected and rated a few products for you.




The most important facts in brief

  • The rocking chair is the perfect way to really relax in front of the TV in the evening. But a rocking chair is also versatile as a decorative object or for the garden.
  • Due to their material and upholstery, rocking chairs and hanging chairs are usually more comfortable than the outdoor versions. However, cushions can be purchased for these.
  • There are huge differences in the price of rocking chairs. However, these differences are not always related to the quality, but rather to the manufacturer, i.e. the brand.

The Best Rocking Chair: Our Choices

Buying and evaluation criteria for rocking chairs

To help you find the perfect rocking chair for you, we have worked out the most important criteria when buying so that they can help you make your decision. These criteria are as follows:

Now we have explained them to you in more detail.

Comfort

As you can imagine, the comfort of your rocking chair is the most important aspect of the purchase. No matter how nice it is or how little money you get it for, if it's uncomfortable you won't use it. Unfortunately, the more modern rocking chairs tend to look good but are not very comfortable.

So if you can't try out the product you want for yourself, you should take a close look at the pictures. In general, the softer the chair looks, the softer it probably is. If there is no real upholstery, then it is probably more of a decorative object or an outdoor rocking chair.

Material

Rocking chairs are available in many different materials. Mostly, the frame is made of wood and the seat is made of cotton and imitation linen. Some models are also covered with leather or are made entirely of wood. Rocking chairs for the garden usually consist of a wooden or metal frame covered with textile fabric.

Place of use

When choosing the right rocking chair, it also depends on what you intend to do with it. If it's going to be in your living room, make sure it won't scratch the floor and that it has the right features.

If you have children, make sure that the material is washable and won't break easily.

Or do you only want it as a decoration for an appropriate room? In that case, the design is more important than the functionality. For the garden, you need a rocking chair made of weatherproof material. With these, cushions are often supplied separately or are at least available as an additional purchase option.

Additional functions

One of the most popular additional functions of rocking chairs is the adjustability of the reclining or seating surface. By adjusting the footrest and backrest, it is then possible to quickly turn the chair into a cosy lounger.

This is particularly practical for rocking chairs in the living room when you just want to relax in front of the TV. With very high-quality products, this is often even possible electrically. In rare cases, the product even has a massage function. But even very simple functions such as protection against scratches on the floor are not to be despised, they are even extremely important.

Guide: Frequently asked questions on the subject of rocking chairs answered in detail

To make sure you are perfectly prepared and know everything you need to know about rocking chairs, we have selected the most relevant and most frequently asked questions and answered them in detail.

What types of rocking chairs are there?

There are several different types of rocking chairs. We have listed them in the following table so that you can get a clear picture of the differences as well as the advantages and disadvantages.

Type Advantages Disadvantages
Rocking chairs for indoors They are very comfortable, available in countless variants due to the large range Takes up a relatively large amount of space
Rocking chairs for outdoors They are made of weatherproof material Are less comfortable than the indoor models due to the material, often resemble a chair more than an armchair
Hanging armchairs They are very comfortable and can be used indoors as well as outdoors Hanging armchairs take up even more space than the normal rocking armchairs due to their frame

Indoor rocking chairs are cosy and relaxing alternatives to the normal armchair. They are usually very well upholstered and offer a high level of comfort. The outdoor versions are less soft, but their material is weatherproof.

In addition, you can easily buy cushions and covers for your outdoor rocking chair and cover them when needed. A hanging chair is usually a type of shell that is attached to the top of a frame and hangs from it. They are extremely cosy and many variants are suitable for both outdoors and indoors.

What do I have to bear in mind when using a rocking chair on parquet or laminate?

Unfortunately, it happens more often than you think. You are in the process of cleaning up and move your rocking chair to the side. And then it happens: you scratch the floor. Especially in rented flats, this can be a really annoying matter. Especially with rocking chairs, scratches also occur in the beautiful wooden floor when the product is used normally, but the runners of the chair are no longer completely smooth or there is something underneath them, sand or similar is enough.

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Scratches can quickly appear, especially on wooden floors (Photo source: William Zhao / Unsplash)

If you have a wooden floor, you should always make sure that your rocking chair is secured with furniture glides, for example. These are simply attached under the runners or the foot of the rocking chair. However, many products already have a corresponding feature integrated.

Conclusion

A rocking chair is no longer something that only grandparents own to enjoy time on the veranda. Rocking chairs offer you an easy way to achieve as much comfort as possible within your own four walls. Since rocking chairs are not only available in the traditional form, but also, for example, as a seat that hangs from the ceiling, there really should be the right rocking chair for everyone.

Picture source: pixabay / Peggy_Marco

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