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11.5.06

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d*s reader lauren has been patiently waiting to ask everyone for suggestions on some great rocking chairs:

"dear design sponge, any ideas where i can get a beautiful, not too pricey, high back, narrow adult-sized rocking chair or glider that will fit in a baby's room in a tiny nyc apartment? apartment therapy lists a bunch of rockers and gliders but they are either too wide or have too low of a back. apparently we should get a high back since both parents and babies fall asleep rocking in them....thanks so much!"
thanks lauren for being so patient. what do you guys think, any ideas? [rocker above by duc duc]

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Affordable" is difficult to find if you're looking for new furniture, but you might look at the Nurseryworks Sleepytime rocker: http://www.sparkability.net/nuslro.html

8:12 AM  
Anonymous meka said...

I just noticed yesterday that IKEA has this rocker:
http://tinyurl.com/ak9zs

Looks like a duc duc ripoff to me and the price is right. I'd re-slipcover though. I haven't seen it in person yet but I'm planning an IKEA trip this weekend...

10:22 AM  
Blogger Daddy*drama said...

This was a post I did on rockers (http://www.daddydrama.com/2006/02/rocking-chairs-for-urban-grown-ups.html). The standout is the Sleepytime Rocker by Nurseryworks.

10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm looking for the same thing. Aesthetically, the Nurseryworks Sleepytime is the best I've found. Functionally, I'm liking the Klein Design baby rocker kit, which is customizable and looks like a great setup:

http://www.kleindesign.com/babyrockers.htm

The Ikea one looks alright, but I want arm padding.

11:02 AM  
Anonymous Terra said...

I considered getting the Ikea rocker that meka mentioned, but it was very uncomfortable. I ended up instead getting the Ikea Poang chair (it's the chair that you think of when you think of Ikea) which bounces rather than rocks, but is hands-down the most comfortable chair I've ever sat in. It was great during pregnancy too--it cured my backache! I also just noticed that it comes in a sweet new leaf pattern. http://www.ikea.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?topcategoryId=15585&catalogId=10103&storeId=12&productId=11055&langId=-1&parentCats=15585*15768*15940

11:03 AM  
Anonymous meka said...

terra,
it was the poang chair that led me to the ikea website. does the bouncing really work? i'm not normally a BHG reader, but a coworker cut out an article where better homes & gardens featured the poang chair with a nifty pocket bag that they made to go over the arms of the chair. i was shocked that they used marimekko fabric and had thomas paul plates on the wall. maybe design will save us all?

11:19 AM  
Anonymous Terra said...

Oooh, the new Poang design sounds delightful. I can't say I ever bounced my baby to sleep in the Poang, but I've always nursed her in it. I find that it's a great place to spend an hour or so with a sleeping baby.

12:53 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I haunted craigslist for *months* and finally found a beautiful rocker, which we scored for $85 bucks and picked up a couple of weeks before the baby was born. My advice: either look for something with a washable cover or be prepared to use a blanket over whatever you get (especially if you splurge on a fabric) due to the "spit-up happens when you least expect it" rule of new baby-hood. : ) And do try out a rocker before you buy if at all possible - as has been mentioned in other comments, comfort levels really, really vary. Hmmm - I've just remembed that right after I found our rocker, I saw this one at Smith & Hawken (which actually looks very similar to our craigslist find). http://www.smithandhawken.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=prod175293&categoryId=cat170265&sku=114809 Wonder if there are other made-for-outdoors-but-would-look-good-indoors options to explore?

3:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got these Thomas O'Brien rockers from Target for my back yard, but they'd definitely work indoors in a small room. They are MUCH more comfortable than they look, add a couple of well designed pillows and you'll get even more comfort. They have the whole vintage modern thing going & the price is right too. I think they also come in another color. You can purchase a single rocker in store or a pair online.
Here's the web link, good luck!
http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/ref=br_1_3/601-1707537-3476901?%5Fencoding=UTF8&frombrowse=1&asin=B000BRJWZG

3:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow- thanks for all the responses. I'm checking out all the sites and really appreciate the advice that we'll probably need washable (removable) cushions. This is our first baby and I hadn't even thought of that. I have a lot to learn...I'll also check out craig's list. thanks so much again.

5:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get an Eames rocker off of ebay. They go for around $300. We have two (got one as a gift after we bought the first one... great timing...) and they are fabulous. There's a swoop up on the back that hits in exactly the right place so while it doesn't LOOK tall, it supports you. PLUS it makes a great kids' chair after you're finished nursing. Ours is finished in naughahyde, which we recommend -- anything and everything simply wipes off! Plus for soem reason nobody wants naugahyde anymore so you can get a deal. Good luck 'n' congrats!

10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another idea is the Eames rocker. They aren't high back but are super comfortable and are fairly affordable. You can buy off of ebay or Modernica.net. Good luck!

11:47 AM  

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