Rocking chair simply is a kind of chair that rocks! Meaning it’s a kind of chair that is curved on both sides underneath or has curved bands better known as rockers attached to the bottom of the legs, connecting the legs on both sides to each other. And this kind of structure helps the chair to rock back and forth. The rockers contact the floors at only two opposite points. So when someone sits, he or she is given the ability to rock back and forth with his or her weight or pushing lightly with his or her feet.
Rocking chairs mainly help you to sit down or lie down and relax with utmost comfort. It helps you to relieve from your stress very well. They are quite a favorite kind of chair for many people. They are more often bought for homes. It is highly used by elderly people and is very much helpful with their weak body and other ageing complications.
Rocking chairs are most commonly made of wood. But these days you will also find rocking chairs made of steel structures. Again there are some rocking chairs these days which can be folded.
The use of the term ‘Rocking Chair’ first came to use sometime in the eighteenth century. World renowned American polymath, scientist and inventor Benjamin Franklin is usually credited as the inventor of this rocking chair. But historians more often trace its origins to North America during the early eighteenth century.
In the beginning they were usually found as simply just ordinary chairs with rockers attached to them. It was in England in the early to the middle of the eighteenth century that the rocking chairs first came to light.
About a few decades later, another group, a special batch of rocking chairs started to come to America. They were popularly known as Wicker Rocking Chairs. Their specialty was, they were made and crafted with creative and beautiful designs. Their production that time had reached its peak.
Then again a few decades later, rocking chairs had a great change and development. It was quite a revolutionary. During that time a new kind of rocking chair was invented, which is well known as Bentwood Rocking Chair. It was invented by Michael Thonet, a German Craftsman. The significant change was that it had two curved legs on opposite sides, unlike the rocking chairs that came so far having four legs like usual chairs with rockers attached to their feet.It was actually invented with a view to make rocking chairs having a much stronger structures, declining the possibility of the dangers of the rockers getting loosen from the legs. There was also a significant change in the shape of these chairs as the chairs became flatter and also much lighter. They were usually crafted with Ancient Greek, Roman, Renaissance and Colonial Era artistry. This design became much more popular from then on.
The next century saw yet another revolutionary change. By the early twentieth century, folding rocker chairs started to come. They became much more popular especially in the United States and Europe. As they could be folded, they were very handy and useful for outdoor activities and travel purposes. They are mostly made of steel structures. Chairs like these are mostly used these days.
Mid-twentieth century came with another kind of rocking chair built by Sam Maloof, an American craftsman. Known as Maloof Style Rocking Chair, their special feature was ski-shaped rockers.
There is also a miniature or an infant version of rocking chairs especially made for infants. Well the grown-ups too find no less comfort and usefulness when it comes to rocking chairs.