Nothing says summer in the Flathead Valley quite like a perfectly positioned rocking chair – one that sits swaying on your patio or deck in the summer sun overlooking the breathtaking Montana views. Doesn’t it all just sound so dreamy?
To make your own relaxing oasis, follow these tips when shopping for that perfect chair:
Consider your Home Design
Before purchasing a rocking chair, you first need to decide on the style of chair that fits your home design and landscape. If your style is of a more traditional sense, a classic, wooden rocking chair will fit your space best. If your home is cottage chic or vintage, opt for a wicker chair in cream or a natural sand hue to compliment your current design. Modern designs work well with rocking chairs in darker and vibrant hues and/or rockers made with unique structures. Some contemporary designs would also pair perfectly with a metal rocking chair.
Factor in Climate
If you’re shopping for a chair to be set outside in our Montana climate, your best option is to buy a chair that is designed for our rough seasonal weather. Search for a wood chair made of cedar, cypress or teak as these woods are most popular for outdoor furniture and are durable and resistant to decay and insects. Another option for a wood chair is to find one with a waterproofing finish to ensure the snow and rain don’t damage the material. Other outdoor rockers can be made beautifully in a resin wicker and even in some plastic materials. In order to protect and maintain the furniture for years to come, use furniture covers and bring your rockers inside during the colder months to prevent aging and cracking.
If creating an inside oasis in a sun room or in a room with expansive windows, upholstered rockers make for a more comfortable setting.
Think about Function and Purpose
The purpose of a rocker is to relax and sit in comfort; thus, should be a comfortable chair. However, test drive your choices if possible before purchase because not all rocking chairs really prove to be that comfortable or restful. Think first, before purchasing, about the arch of the chair’s back and seat. Also, the rocker’s ability to keep rocking without pushing is just as important. Other features, such as if it is sturdy enough to handle climbing toddlers or if you also desire a foot stool should be considered. Forethought will help you find a rocking chair that will fit your lifestyle precisely.