History of the Rocking Chair

History of the Rocking Chair

Posted by Robert Horney on 17th Aug 2022

     The rocking chair has been one of the most popular types of American furniture since the days of the Founding Fathers. The first rocking chair was around 1725 and was an armless version of the English Yorkshire Windsor chair with ice skates attached to the bottom so it could rock back and forth. This rocking motion was found to be very soothing and relaxing. Their first uses were with mothers who were helping their babies to fall asleep. Woman continued to use them for relaxing while sewing or knitting and it wasn’t long before people began to realize how relaxing and comfortable a rocking chair really is and that it can even benefit your health! They started being seen in family’s parlors and living rooms and eventually even made their way onto front porches where folks would pass the time rocking in the shade and greeting neighbors as they passed by on the streets. Rocking chairs became more and more commonly used because of their comfort and were readily available because so many colonial craftsmen began making them. Even presidents began to sing their praises.

By the early 1800’s, most homes in the United States had at least one rocking chair.

     Rocking chairs continue to be loved to this day and are now enjoyed all over the world! Get yours today on FurnitureMadeInUSA.com! We have a great selection of handmade rockers that are built-to-last and are all American-Made! We know that you’ll find one you love!