There are few experiences that can compare to time spent enjoying a peaceful and relaxing evening in a wicker rocker or swing in the comfort of your own porch or in your backyard, especially after a hard day’s work. This perfect piece of furniture completes a tranquil atmosphere and helps to soothe away the aches of the day.
Rocking chairs are one of the most cherished pieces of furniture brought into a home because of their functionality, style and comfort. A rocker is a chair that traditionally has two curved pieces attached on the bottom that allows the occupant to rock back and forth. The wicker rocker is the earliest of its kind and has its own particular charm.
The first use of a wicker rocker was in England and was documented in 1725, where wicker rockers were originally installed in gardens. Wicker rockers originated from early creations in Windsor Castle in the early 1700s, and thus earned the moniker of Windsor rockers. These chairs were designed with a round hoop back, with spindles reminiscent of birdcages and a comb-shaped headrest and were made from natural fibers. In North America, the wicker rocker appeared in the early 18th century and reached the peak of its production in the mid-18th century.
Wicker rockers became famous for their creative designs and craftsmanship. Although they were originally also made from natural fibers in North America, the introduction of resin rockers added increased functionality and durability to this old-world furniture style.
A wicker rocker has long been known as a prized possession of mothers who love to sit in one while they rock their babies to sleep. Beyond the nursery, it is an accent piece of great value, not only within the house but outdoors as well. Nowadays, an outdoor wicker rocker is a common component of many outdoor patio furniture sets, and many homeowners that sport a front porch on their home love to include outdoor wicker rockers as part of the charming exterior decor.
A wicker rocker is typically made from stiff or fibrous plants, which can be blended with resin or plastic. It is woven or threaded to create a strong base used for both outdoor and indoor furnishing purposes. It is lightweight and resilient, as well as being relatively inexpensive. There are basically two types of wicker rockers – natural and synthetic. Natural fiber wicker rockers are made from the vines of rattan. Synthetic wicker rockers are made from pliable tensile wire, fused with plastic and resin to make them stiff. This type is often referred to as a resin wicker rocker, is less expensive than its natural fiber counterpart, and is often the type chosen for outdoor use.
Synthetic wicker rockers made of resin are the best choice for the outdoors. Outdoor wicker rockers need to withstand tough weather conditions, and unlike natural wicker rockers, resin rockers don’t dry out in the sun or get beaten up by rain, wind or snow. To clean a resin wicker rocker, all you have to do is just hose it off, so maintenance is easy. If they’re really dirty, you can use a little soap as well and scrub the dirt off, but that’s all the maintenance they really need.
These rockers are also built to last. Always keep in mind though that it is best to store them away when not in use for long periods of time, whether they are made of natural or synthetic materials, to keep them looking their best. If, however, you have your rocker on a porch with a porch awning or you have a patio cover over your patio, you can leave the rockers out year round with less likelihood of them being damaged because they are protected from the elements.
Outdoor resin wicker rockers come in many colors so it is easy to find one that blends well with the color scheme of your home’s design. Natural wicker rockers, on the other hand, can be painted any color you would like, but will require regular paint jobs and sealing to keep their appearance looking fresh and new.
Like many types of furniture, wicker rockers may also be custom-made to suit the interior or exterior design of the house, although you can usually find one you like that has already been manufactured. Custom models are usually made from natural materials and are hand woven according to your specifications. Custom wicker rocker prices may be relatively more affordable than other types of custom-made rockers, but anything custom-made will still typically carry a fairly hefty price tag. Just remember that a general rule still applies – the higher the quality and the more unique the design, the higher the price usually is.
A wicker rocker not only serves as a practical and functional piece of furniture inside or outside the house, but it also exudes a feeling of love, comfort and style to bring peace and relaxation into your home. It is one of those pieces of furniture that truly adds character and charm to your home, much in the same way as a stone fireplace adds warmth and coziness, which is why it is one of the most common types of furniture to be passed down from generation to generation. So, whether you opt for a natural fiber or synthetic wicker rocker, you are sure to have a piece of furniture that can be enjoyed not only for the comfort it offers, but for the charm that it adds to your home.