Rocking Chair / April 28, 2018 / Reyna Bush
It's a good idea to make sure your plans are coming from a very good, and reputable craftsman. Your chairs are likely to experience a little abuse if there are children around. The great news about building your own chairs, you will know the quality of the materials and the care put into the assembly. A chair carefully constructed by you, with high quality materials is going to be much stronger than almost any store purchased rocker. With solid construction, as found in your rocking chair plans, the chair will hold up for years of kids rocking wildly with screeches of delight.
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.
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