Published at Sunday, 11 August 2019. Rocking Chair. By Francoise Viguier.
At some point in history rocking chairs arrived in the USA. It would be convenient to link their arrival with that of the 'Mayflower' but they were not heard of until about a hundred years after the pilgrims arrival and it wasn't until the 1800's that American furniture manufacturers saw any merit in their production. When they did, the Salem, Boston and American Windsor rocking chairs were born. These were all popular and were used mostly for sitting in the garden or relaxing on the porch.
First, you need to decide between a traditional rocker and a glider. Traditional indoor rockers are the kind that rock on two long curved pieces while gliders are mechanical pieces of furniture that mimic the feeling of a rocking chair by gliding along rungs. There are pros and cons to both approaches. With a traditional rocking chair, there is no risk of mechanical creaking or grinding noises, but there is a risk of catching a toe, foot, hand, or tail under one of the rockers if you are not careful. With the glider, the rise can be more smooth, but the mechanical parts need to be covered up and the decorating options are not as great because there is upholstery on the chair. A traditional rocker is plain and you can dress it up as much or as little as you want.
Moving outside, by choosing the proper plans and weather treated lumber, you can create beautiful outdoor furniture which could last for a decade or more. Often outdoor furniture purchased at the local super center is made from plastic, cheap fabrics, and metal supports. While it may stand up to the weather, it does not look great doing it. A classic looking two seat Adirondack rocking chair sitting on your deck or front porch will look fabulous. Instead of settling for cheap looking furniture and paying a bundle, grab your tools, a few materials, and build your own classic outdoor chair.
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