Wooden Rocking Chairs
Nothing says a rocking chair like a wooden rocking chair. That is the classic rocking chair look — wooden. If your memories of great-granddad include him in a rocking chair, it was certainly a wooden one. Memories like that are what keep wooden rocking chairs popular, aren’t they? Now, it’s your turn — your time to capture new memories of rocking away a mellow eve after you have earned it with hard, fulfilling work. If you have your wooden rocker already, great! Get to rocking! If you are in search of new wooden rocking chairs, you may find this hub quite beneficial to your search. I am here to help. Together, let’s help you shop for a wooden rocking chair.
Wooden rocking chairs need not be plain. You can find the chair that suits you.
Let’s look at the styles of the wooden rocking chairs to get an idea of what you’ll be considering when you shop. As we talked about earlier, there is the classic — an old man on the porch, if you will — style. This style is often clear-coated or painted white or dark green. There is nothing wrong with this style, of course. If you like classic, I say run with it! You do, however, have options.
The list of available types of wooden rocking chairs is as thorough as the day is long, as they say. Next to classic, there is Adirondack, log-style, South Beach, wicker, and the list continues extensively.
The best kind of wooden rocking chair is — in my mind — one made of sustainable wood, or in some other way eco-friendly. Sustainable wood harvesting methods are essential to the survival of the human race. Being eco-friendly is not really about saving the planet. It is about saving us — about extending humanity. The planet will be hereafter we are long gone.
So let’s extend humanity and talk about sustainable wood rocking chairs. There are not so many types of sustainable woods — much like there is no one type of lettuce that is guaranteed to be organic no matter whose brand you buy. The thing to look for is a certified sustainable wood product. Look for a seal or decal on any chair you are thinking of purchasing which indicates the product is made with a sustainable wood crop.
It is one thing to talk about finding rocking chairs made of sustainable wood, and quite another to actually find them. In this case, you could even go without wood and still get the wood look, with a tree-free alternative. I have looked for a rocker made of something similar to the eco-deck materials Trex or SmartDeck, but have yet to find one. Still, currently available are rockers made of used (recycled) plastic soda bottles. Wouldn’t you just love rocking in a pop bottle chair made to look like painted wood?
Finally, there is one other way to go green with your wooden rocking chairs — and I submit it is the best way. One environmentalist slogan goes Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Reusing is often far better than recycling — and when we reuse, we are also reducing — and that’s where yard sales, CraigsList, and FreeCycle come into this conversation. Rise early on enough sunny Saturday mornings to visit yard sales in your area, and I guarantee you will find one or more bargain-priced wooden rocking chairs, before too long. Quality will vary, but often one person’s cast-off is another’s rock-away comfort.
Aside from yard sales, be sure to hit Craigslist and FreeCycle for your wooden rocking chair needs. I’m certain any day you search the larger metro CraigsLists (like San Francisco, Dallas, or even Raleigh) for rocking chairs, you will find matches. From there, try to make a deal with the seller. Of course if free is your favorite price, join your local FreeCycle.com bulletin board. It will likely require a little patience and your ability to beat your local competition of other FreeCyclers to the punch, but soon enough, you will have new (used) wooden rocking chairs.