Lull Yourself to Sleep in These Modern Rockers

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Need a new side chair for your sanctuary? Skip the standard four-legged model in lieu of something with a bit more movement. Rocking chairs are having a renaissance. No longer reserved for the front porch in some old-school Western, the latest crop delivers a major dose of contemporary style, comfort, and calm.

Ahead are 16 of our favorite modern rockers — ideal for the living room, reading nook in the bedroom, nursery, or wherever you like to relax and unwind.

1. Pier 1 Imports Rock Port Collection Blue Rocking Chair, $169.99

Rock this traditional square-post chair in your living room or on the patio. The vibrant blue hue is coated with a weather-resistant finish to ensure that your rocker can withstand hours of lounging regardless of the elements.

2. PoliVaz Design Tree Home Acapulco Rocking Chair, $252

Ready to bring some south-of-the-border heat into your home? Inspired by Mayan woven hammocks, this ergonomic rocker (a spin on the classic Acapulco chair) is basically a vacation for your back and bum.

3. West Elm Mylo Rocker, $349.99

What's old is new again. Midcentury modern is all the rage. And this rocker captures all that coveted retro charm with a curved seat, textured twill, and solid oak runners.

4. Ikea Poang Rocking Chair, $179

Featuring a removable cushion with a head pillow, and a bent beech frame, what's not to love about this minimalist rocker? Katy of The Clever Bunny blog added this chair to her modern nursery to lull her little one to sleep — and look good doing it.

5. Belham Living Rowan Tub Rocking Chair, $269.98

It's not all often that we find furniture that seamlessly blends elegance and exceptional comfort. But this beauty does just that with a body-hugging, tub-shaped seat, cozy neutral upholstery, and a sculptural, solid-birch frame.

6. Ikea Gronadal Rocking Chair, $249

Scandinavian minimalism in the form of a rocking chair? Yes, please. And our favorite part is the caned seat and back. This is definitely not your grandma's rocking chair.

7. Herman Miller Eames Molded Plastic Rocker, $545

This rocker is striking in its simplicity. The sleek and sophisticated iconic molded form, designed by Charles and Ray Eames, feels just as fresh today as it did when it burst onto the scene in 1948.

8. CB2 Saic Quantam Rocking Chair, $699

Looking for something that will be practical for your bundle of joy, but doesn't scream nursery? Let us turn your attention to this slim-profile rocker. A contoured high back, sturdy arm rests, and made-to-last construction means you can use it in another room in the future. (Or, maybe with baby number two?)

9. Nursery Works Compass Rocker, $799

This dreamy design is the perfect addition to any room. The padded seat and removable lumbar pillow deliver mega comfort, while the tubular brass runners offer a smooth rocking motion that will lull babies young and old to sleep.

10. Pottery Barn Kids Urban Rocker, $799

Eco-friendly and modern? Sold! Padded cushions and craftsman-style runners create an inviting spot for reading a book, binge-watching your fave Netflix series, or cozying up with your little one.

11. Anthropologie Haverhill Rocking Chair, $898

Reminiscent of Danish design this sturdy, wide-set, birch-wood frame with brass accents is a midcentury dream.

12. Mexa Ixtapa Rocking Chair, $560

This rustic riff on a traditional rocker touts time-honored Mexican craftsmanship. Built to last, the soft leather strips and sturdy steel frame guarantee that this piece of furniture will grow with you for many years to come.

13. Article Embrace Rocking Chair, $699

A curved silhouette, walnut-finish runners, and a luxurious deep seat take the essence of a classic rocking chair and jettisons it into the 21st century.

14. Kartell Comback Rocking Chair, $860

This swoon-worthy Scandinavian design feels at home in contemporary spaces. Up the wow-factor with a cozy throw blanket.

15. Objekto Gaviota Rocking Chair, $1,615

Sometimes the simplest things are the most special. Such is the case with the stripped-down sculptural rocker seen here with Bodie and Fou's handsome Australian Shepherd, Lucas. It combines ergonomic form, function, and jaw-dropping aesthetics. What more could you ask for?

16. Sobu Reclaimed Teak Rocker, $594

This modern rocker takes the saying 'one person's trash is another person's treasure' to new heights. Made from reclaimed teak, its beautifully curved seat is a comfy and eco-friendly respite perfect for enjoying a lazy afternoon.


​Lindsay Cohn is a freelance writer with a penchant for design and travel. Follow her on Instagram @​lindsay_cohn.

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