Because Ugly Rocking Chairs Are Sad

You are having a baby. You are setting up a nursery. You are thinking that a rocking chair or a glider might be a good thing. Some place to sit during middle of the night feedings. A place to rest and soothe your baby with gentle motion. A pretty piece of furniture to accent the room.

Then you start shopping.

It can be quite depressing. There are many, many ugly rocking chairs in the world. And the gliders can be even uglier. But don't despair. There are some good-looking ones too (like the one above). And I've found every last one of them and listed them here.

You're welcome.


1) The Monte Luca Glider
It comes in lots of colors and has a very subtle base.

2) The Joya Rocker
It's so pretty! That base is amazing. This rocker comes in lots of colors. Or I should say it WILL come in lots of colors. It will be available in January 2011.

3) The Olio Cohen Glider
It's like a stealth glider! I can't even tell it moves from looking at the image. It comes in two colors. Such great lines.

4) Eames Rocker
I wouldn't call it "cozy" but it's probably my favorite rocking chair. It makes such a nice accent in a room and I love the look of it. A classic choice. (You can typically find knockoffs for less than $200.)

5) The Thompson Glider
This is a new chair from Dwell Studio. All hail polka dots! And it's another stealth glider as well. I'd really like to sit in one and try it out for comfort. I wonder if the back is high enough to rest your head?

6) Jason Lewis Rockers
Jason Lewis makes some of the most amazing rockers out there. But they're pricey! They're the sort of thing that you plan to hand down for generations as soon as you buy it.

7) Low Rider Glider
I like the simple profile of this one. Available in several colors. The footstool comes separately. Lovely.

8) Allison Rocker
Here's a good-looking modern upholstered rocker under $500. Which is sort of a bargain as far as these sorts of chairs go. Thank you, Target!

9) Classic Wood Rockers
If these are all too modern or too expensive (I totally get it -- I graduated from college the same week my first baby was born and couldn't afford a thing!), my favorite places for classic wood rockers are eBay and Craigslist. Here's one search I use; here's another one. You can find great chairs -- some just need a fresh coat of paint and a soft seat cushion -- for $50 or less.

And voila! You now have lots of great choices for your rocking chair.

Any here you would like? Is there a great one out there I missed? Please share.

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