Six Tips on How to Choose a Wicker Rocking Chair For Your Patio

Wicker Rocking Chair
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 Introduction

Many of us face tough decisions from time to time, but don’t let picking out a new rocking chair be one of those for you.  There are a few simple tips that can help you recognize whether a rocker is a quality rocker and whether it’s right for you.  Knowing what to look for will assist you in selecting a rocking chair and ensure you live happy together for many years to come.

1. Construction & Quality

To ensure the rocker you choose lasts a long time and remains useful, it needs to be constructed with quality materials and has to be held together so that the frame is rigid.  The joints of the frame should not be loose.  The frame should also be uniform. 

The material used to cover the frame, such as wicker cane, should be woven tightly on to the frame.  There should not be any loose ends or give to the surfaces between frame components.  When these requirements are met, this will generally ensure that the construction is good.

2. Use (Indoors or Outside)

If you are going to use your rocker indoors, the material that it is constructed from is not as important than if you plan to use it outdoors.  You can use rockers that are made from natural or synthetic materials for indoor use.  However, if you want to use the rocker outside, then you must consider a rocker that is made from weather resistant materials such as resin, aluminum or powder coated steel.  These types of materials will not rust and will therefore weather the outdoor conditions.

3. Style

The style you choose for your rocker depicts how well it will blend in with your existing  or planned decor.  Try to find one that you feel will match or at least blend in with the style of furniture already being used.  If you plan to use this rocker by itself on a porch or patio, then you pretty much have an unlimited choice to choose from.

Some rockers do not require the use of cushions while others, deep seating rockers, require both seat and back cushions.  If you sit for long periods of time, you may want to consider a deep seating rocker because they provide a softer and longer lasting comfort. Otherwise, a standard rocker will do just fine, especially if you add a seat cushion.

4. Size

When it comes to rocking chairs, size matters.  The furniture industry tends to avoid the notion that people are built in all sizes.  Therefore, when we shop for a rocking chair, we have only one choice per design being offered.  The good news is, that generally each design you find is built a little different.  So you can find rockers that that will fit you better than others. 

If you are a person of short stature, the rise from the ground to the seat must fit your legs comfortably from the bottom of your feet to the inside bend of your knees.  You should also make sure you test the chair with a seat cushion if you plan to use one.

If you are a large framed person or one that exceeds 220 pounds, then you will want to make sure that the width of the rocking chair seat is large enough for your frame.  Most standard wicker rocking chairs for example have dimensions of either 18 in. wide x 18 in. deep  or 19 in. wide x 19 in deep.  Whereas, deep seating wicker rockers provide an approximately a 23 in. wide x 24 in. deep seat with a back cushion.

5. Use of Cushion or Not

Most standard rockers are sold without a seat cushion and choosing one is optional.  Most people like to have a seat cushion right from the start.  If you don’t want the extra expense or you don’t feel it’s necessary, you don’t need to buy one.  Try the rocker out for a while, you can always add a rocker cushion later.

6. The Rock

Since your are buying a rocking chair, you want it to rock comfortably.  The rock is based on the design of the rocking chair.  The curve of the runners and the angle at which they are installed and the lengths of the legs in proportion to the remainder of the chair play a role in how well the chair rocks.  Believe it or not, not all rocks are the same.  If you think you might be picky, you will want to try them out and see.

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