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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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Decorating With the Color Red

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
The color red is an enchanting and magical color. Depending on how you to display or light an area with this vibrant shade, it can have either an energetic or a soft and rustic feel. Here we feature an assortment of our products that span all tones of red, including everything from a classic cherry red to a muted barn red. Red also evokes a feeling of romance and love. However you choose to represent this primary color of the rainbow, consider the collection of red items from Sturbridge Yankee Workshop to decorate your home.
Boston Rocker
Country Check Curtains Red Romantic Dining

Pictured here to the left are Classic Country Check Curtains, which are propped in an environment that can easily be recreated in your kitchen or dining area. If you like the hanging light fixture over the table, Fort Hill Pendant comes in red as well. For seating consider Saddle Stool, arriving in a bright, traditional red color. Wide contoured seat makes for immensely comfortable sitting, no matter where you use it. Red is a wonderful color to have in a dining area because the hue stimulates our appetites. Petite Primitive Corner Chair comes in a deep rustic red.

Saddle Stool Red Primitive Chair Red

Bold & Vibrant

Add pops of color throughout your home with red accents that can be surprisingly easy on the eyes. When paired with a neutrally colored room, bright red accent pillows like the petite Lace Heart Pillow will add just the right amount of warm color. Geranium Bush Spray looks great in any room and will remain as pretty as fresh blooming flower all year long (wooden vase sold separately). Keep the room looking neat with a Holly Garden Placemat on a bedside table or under a lamp.

Lace Heart Pillow
Holly Garden Tabletop Collection Geranium Bush Spray

Crimson Folk Art Family Rug An Eye Catching Hue

When it comes to going red on your floors, Sturbridge Yankee Workshop has you covered. Seen here to the left in a runner size is Crimson Folk Art Family Rug. Displaying an intricate folk art pattern and plush feel, this rug highlights warm red tones that will enhance your red themed decor. Its beauty lasts thanks to its stain resistant, easy-care polypropylene. Featuring this eye catching hue are Red Wool Floral Fusion Rug, shown in detailed close up below, or Bold Braided Stair Treads. Imagine the decorating possibilities that this color will instantly bring into every room of your home, enhancing the overall mood.

Detail of Red Wool Floral Fusion Rug Bold Braided Stair Tread Red

Energy Around the House

Red creates a feeling of energy in any living space and will surely be noticed, because the brain is naturally attracted to the contrast red gives to an everyday environment. Vintage Desk Phone offers a retro feel to a kitchen, office, or living room. This early 20th century replica version offers all the modern conveniences of today, such as push buttons and redial. Other accents, like Soup is a Hug Soup Bowl, or Berry Hydrangea Wreath, are easy to use around the house all year.

Vintage Desk Phone
Soup is a Hug Soup Bowl Berry Hydrangea Wreath

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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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