Modern rocking chairs come in a bewildering array of shapes, sizes and styles.

When trying to select from modern rocking chairs, there are three important considerations: initial impact, long term viability, and setting.

The initial impact happens when you first see the chair and it is a very personal response.

Does it elicit pleasurable feelings, or does it seem unsettling? There must be a connection that says "Come sit and enjoy." On the other hand, some chairs will appeal because of novelty or striking beauty.

But watch out many modern rockers lack that subtle invitation to actually sit in the chair. Again, your reaction to a particular chair will be unique. We all have different ideas of "inviting".

The best modern rocking chairs have a design that will immediately draw you in and bring a smile to your face.

The next thing to consider is whether the rocker has long term viability, or staying-power.

This is important because so much of what is made these days tickles our fancy for a little while, then looses its appeal over time. Savvy marketers are great at selling us the idea behind the product.

But such ideas can mask the true value of the product. Soon after buying the item, we find ourselves asking "Why did I get this?" That is definitely not what should happen after making an investment in a hand made rocker. Rather, its appeal needs to last through the years.

One way to ensure long term viability with modern rocking chairs is to take a few weeks or months before making your decision. If the chair continues to strike a happy chord in your heart each time you see it, then its probably a winner for you.

Lets take for example, a typical Shaker rocking chair (picture at right). This type has been popular for over 200 years. Its design is based on simple, clean lines that speak clearly of function ahead of decoration. Many folks find this appealing initially and have confidence that over the long haul it will also retain its appeal.

Thirdly, you'll want to take into account the setting for the rocker.

Will it be used in a formal or casual setting? Does it add to the decor or clash with the surroundings? Consider, too, that a rocking chair requires ample space in order to function properly, so picture it separated from walls and other furnishings.

As you can see, there are important things to consider when choosing the style you want. An excellent craftsman will keep these kinds of thoughts in mind when designing and building modern rocking chairs.

My experience has shown that it takes a lot of work to create a style that pleases the eye immediately, lasts for a long time, and enhances its environment. For more information on how this is done, click on the Fitting Process tab.

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