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Choosing and Maintaining the Perfect Wooden Rocking Chair

  • 10 Outdoor Rocking Chairs for Your Home in 2022

    A rocking chair, also known as a "rocker", is a type of chair with the legs mounted on two curved bands. This gives the person sitting in the chair the ability to rock back and forth slightly by pushing with the feet and shifting body weight. Traditionally, these chairs are made of wood, and if they are made of a durable kind like teak, cherry, cedar, or redwood, these pieces of furniture can become family heirlooms. Wooden rocking chairs can be used outdoors, on porches, or indoors. It is popular in nurseries so both mother and child can be soothed while waiting for the baby to fall asleep.

    If you are shopping for a wooden rocker to lounge in on lazy afternoons, there are many styles to choose from. The most popular is the basic porch chair, which can be clear stained or painted, and can be fitted with cushions for added comfort.

    You can also try an Adirondack style chair, which is more rugged-looking and characterized by a straight, slanted back made of planks, and wider armrests. South beach chairs look a lot like Adirondacks, but are usually brightly painted.

    Even more rustic would be the log chair style, with round, often unfinished legs to show off the nature of the wood. Another favorite is the wicker rocking chair, although it is less durable.

    Once you've decided on a wooden rocking chair for your home, keep it in good condition by protecting it from the rain. To help prevent mold from forming in storage, try spraying a vinegar-water solution in the places where mold would form, such as on the underside of the chair. Make sure the chair dries completely before storing it away. When washing the chair, you can use a quality wood cleaning soap with water and give it a good brush down, being careful not to chip the paint. Maintaining your rocking chair this way will ensure that it can be handed down through the generations.

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