Published at Friday, 12 July 2019. Rocking Chair. By Marcelle Cohen.
Many rockers are made of wood although there are many different types of wood used in their construction. The key difference is in the weight of the wood used, with heavy wooden chairs being slightly bulkier but also sturdier. This contrasts with rockers that are constructed with lightweight wood to make them less bulky and much easier to move around the home. Some nursery rocking chairs are produced with natural wood and while they may be a little costlier, they can provide a much better visual look than wood that has been processed. Natural wood nursery rocking chairs not only provide a better visual look, they are recognised as being built to last. This is particularly important if you are considering keeping your nursery rocker as an heirloom.
Glider rocker chairs are among the newer and most popular of nursery rocking chairs. The design of these particular rocker chairs has been modified so that the rocking of the chair is smoother and does not jar. The obvious benefit of this is it becomes much easier to rock a baby to sleep since the noise of the motion of the chair is kept to a minimum.
The older models of rocking chairs featured very high backs and thin slats. They were hand carved from quality wood. Antique rocking chairs are worth a great deal of money. The Gungstol and the Windsor were both introduced in the 1700's, today they are worth thousands of dollars depending on the shape they are in as well as the type of materials used. The early 1800's saw the introduction of rocking chairs that didn't have arms. They were well received by people who found them much easier to get in and out of. It was also easier to share the rocking chair with someone else. However, many people loved the first design, so the arm rocking chairs continued to be manufactured as well. Around the 1840's, rocking chairs began being made with machines rather than by hand. The Salem rocking chair was introduced at this time, featuring a lower back.
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