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History of Rocking Chairs

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
When you think of a rocking chair, what image pops into your mind? Perhaps you remember sitting on a porch in warm summer sun, sipping lemonade while watching clouds roll by. Your first association with rocking chairs may stem from when you were a child and were lulled to sleep by your parents. Let’s take a quick look at the history of rocking chairs. Clicking on any of the pictures will take you to their individual product pages on our website.
Cottage Rocker & Table Indoor Outdoor Rocker Cushion Set
Country Rocking Chair Rocking Chairs Defined

At their simplest, rocking chairs can be described as: chairs with curved bands (rockers) attached to the bottom of the legs. Rockers contact the floor at only two points, rather than the usual four of a standard chair, allowing the occupant to rock back and forth. By gently shifting your weight, or pushing against the floor with your feet, you can give your rocking chair just enough power to shift. Commonly, rocking chairs are made of wood. Some options can also be upholstered, like Upholstered Boston Rocker. Although covered in appealing fabric, the overall rocking chair concept remains the same.


Looking Closer

Rocking chairs are known to produce calming effects for the occupant, making them ideal for soothing babies or seating in a living room. Rocking motions are known to help people relax and fall asleep, perhaps because rocking is associated with safety and comfort. Rocking chairs are also comfortable because, when a user sits in one without rocking, the chair naturally rocks back until the sitter’s center of gravity is met. This creates an ergonomic benefit with the occupant kept at an unstressed position and angle. Varieties of rockers also include those with swinging braces commonly known as gliders.

Mission Glider

Windsor Rocker Rockers for Every Need

American inventor Benjamin Franklin is often credited for inventing the rocking chair but historians can trace the history of the rocking chair back to the early 18th century, when Franklin was a child. These rockers, originally used in gardens, were simply chairs with rockers attached. By the middle of the 18th century, wicker rocking chairs were increasingly popular in America. By the 1920s, folding rocking chairs were all the rage. People were more mobile, enjoying leisure time, and wanting to bring their most comfortable chairs with them. Shown here: Windsor, Mission and Double rocker styles.

Teak Double Rocking Chair Mission Rocker

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Update Your Home with New Seating – SYW Spring Sale Now in Progress

Friday, April 5th, 2013


There’s still time to save on all seating within the Sturbridge Yankee Workshop spring 2013 catalog. Among the assortment, you’ll find dining chairs and stools, as well as beautiful upholstered rocking chairs. If you’re looking for ways to update a room in your home, consider adding any of the options shown here for a cohesive and stylish seating environment.

Classic Dining

Pictured here to the left is our new for 2013, Arrowback Chair. As part of the Arrowback Seating Collection, there is also a matching counter and bar stool. Tapered pieces of wood form the prominent ‘arrowback,’ and give this collection its name. Both the dining chair and stools present carved turnings on their legs and rungs; serving as an update to traditional Windsor styled seating.

The stool seats feature a full swivel capability. Constructed of a combination of both solid Elm and Oak woods with both Elm and Oak wood veneers, a beautiful medium oak finish shows off the beauty of the wood’s grain. Choose either a chair or stool for your home today, and appreciate the timelessness of what seating like this can do for your home décor. Now during the Annual Spring Sale at SYW, customers can save up to $30 on an Arrowback Seating purchase.

Cozy Relaxation

Next up, shown here to the left is our new Upholstered Boston Rocker. An upholstered rocking chair with a sweetheart, scalloped seat back, offers support for hours of reading and relaxing. You’ll find that the armrests alone are something you don’t see every day on your standard rocking chair. Solid cherry wood rockers complement the profile of the chair very nicely.

Available in Brown, Charcoal, Slate, or Straw velour fabric, as well as a the paisley inspired fabric pictured in the image; which boasts an eye catching, gold with rust color palette, for an overall neutral accent in your casual or formal living spaces. Customers will love that this seat comes fully assembled for your convenience. Save $100 on your Boston Rocker purchase, at the SYW Spring Sale today. If you like the cozy size of this rocker, your might also consider our Swivel Upholstered Rocker for a savings of $50 this spring. Both rocking chairs are proudly made in the USA and are SYW Catalog Exclusives.


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* Happy 60th Anniversary SYW & Happy New Year! *

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

All of us at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop wish you and your family a safe, happy, and prosperous New Year! With the start of 2013, we also celebrate our 60th anniversary as a company. In honor of this special milestone, we want to continue to thank our customers for their loyal business and appreciation for our products. To do so, in addition to our current Winter Seating and Quilts Sale going on right now, customers can expect to see a number of SYW Exclusive designs throughout the year. In today’s blog we feature just a few of those exclusive items, that you won’t find anywhere else. Let’s take a look below.


Pictured here to the left is our new Swivel Rocker. Petite in overall size, our Swivel Rocker will surely be one of the most comfortable rockers you’ve ever sat in. We say that because its small size contours to the body for long-term seating when reading or watching a movie in the family or living room. Presenting a subtle diamond pattern in a polyester blend with velour texture, customers will have their choice of three beautiful color options: Slate (shown), Gold or Merlot. You’ll also enjoy its full swivel capability, to better access your reading or crafting material on a side table, or maybe just to better grab the TV remote.

This upholstered rocker could also become a favored chair in the bedroom, accented with a decorative toss pillow as shown. A skirted bottom with attached back cushion completes the construction, that is proudly produced here in the USA. As part of our Winter Seating Sale, customers can save $50 on a Swivel Rocker from SYW. Seen on the exclusive rocker is another SYW Exclusive item, our Temptation Pillow. A 100% hand hooked wool pillow is cleverly designed by artist Diane Ulmer Pedersen. Featured on the pillow face is a determined tabby cat patiently waits, as a blue bird casually sits atop his head. Bold color and shading is achieved through the hooked wool technique. The words “Lead Us Not Into Temptation,” are displayed in capital letters around the edges of the pillow. For just $59.95, this exclusive pillow makes a great gift for those who can appreciate the fascinating nature of felines.

Next up is a new addition to our Country Shaker Collection, our Display/Step Stool shown here to the left. Shaker design boasts simplicity and functionality in the form of this decorative step stool. Solid hardwood construction makes this stool sturdy and ideal for difficult to reach areas of your home. Handcrafted exclusively for us here in Maine, our Country Shaker Display and Step Stool is a must-have furniture piece for your home.

Consider displaying small decoratives, books, a small potted plant, or even our Everlasting Drip Pillar Candles on the three stained top steps, when not using for its traditional purpose of course Exposed nails and arched sides with subtle scalloping on the base, add to the individual crafting of the item, as well as that little extra design detail. Customers can choose from Stain, Black (shown), Cranberry, or Spruce. Purchase this SYW Exclusive for $199.95 throughout the winter season.

~ Browse more Chairs, Stools, and Benches on Sale now.

~ Browse more SYW Exclusive designs in the pages of our Winter 2013 Catalog.


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