Rockers and gliders are one of those nursery furniture pieces that take a big chunk of the budget. Especially if you share our modern aesthetic, finding a rocking chair or glider that you really love for a price that you can be happy about is really difficult. I was shooting for a top 10 list here, but I only found 8 that fit the bill (pun intended!).
1- Calla Glider- sale price $498 There are a couple more color options.
2- Baby Mod Rocker- $300 Available in 3 colors.
This is just like the Nurseryworks Sleepytime Rocker but with different color choices and $200 less.
3- Dorel Nolan Swivel Glider- $400 Available in 3 leather color choices.
4- Enchanted Coronado Glider- $400 Available in 4 colors.
5- Home Loft Concept Tufted Rocking Chair- $425
6- Modernica Arm Shell- $435 Comes in 20 colors and with 4 base options.
The Eames Molded Plastic Rocker is just over the $500 budget here so I selected the Modernica Fiberglass version. You can find lots of other knockoffs of this design for even less. For discussion of knockoffs visit here and here.
7- Rockabye Co. Velvet Lara Glider Chair- $450 Available in 3 colors.
8- babyletto Madison Swivel Glider, Slate- $350
I was trying to be rather selective about style. There are other modern style gliders out there but some of the proportions were just so far off I couldn’t bear to subject you to them.
I can’t make any guarantees about the comfort or durability of these seats. With so many things, you get what you pay for. On the other hand, we got our glider (no longer available) for under $500 and after 7 years we’re still happy with how it looks and functions!
I welcome your suggestions if you know of anything good that I’ve missed!
If you’re looking for a rocking chair that will fit in any room of the house, take a look at the Kennedy Rocking Chair from Thrive Home Furnishings.
It is available with 19 fabric options for $950. What do you think? Should I add it to the rocking chair guide?
Last year, by far the biggest show-stopper at ABC Kids Expo was the fully acrylic Hollis crib, now renamed the Vetro Crib. This year, it has a partner in the form of Nurseryworks‘ incredible Vetro Rocker.
This piece is really dramatic in person, and its got a very fun rock when you’re sitting in it.
The Vetro Rocker will be available in the first part of 2012 in Slate, Mocha and Ecru and will retail for $1750.
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This is the kind of thing that gets me out of bed in the morning. Really. I saw the new Wadaly kids collection before I even got out of bed and couldn’t wait to get up and share it with you!
The brand new design/build studio Wadaly is bringing old school craftsmanship and modern edge technology to their incredible high-end baby and kids furniture.
which is amazing on its own, but just wait until you see the rest….
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These are part of the Billy by Nurseryworks Collection. The quatrefoil design is printed on the side panels and changer door in a unique ink-jet process. It will be interesting to see other ways they will put this technique to use.
Honestly, I don’t like everything Nurseryworks does. I’m not naming names but if you don’t see it on the blog, I don’t like it. This, however, is a design I can get behind. The shape of the crib is a lot like the Aerial crib and the pattern dresses it up and adds an elegant look.
I’m also going to mention this Alexander Vintage Rocker from Nurseryworks because so many of you loved the look in a previous nursery tour (Elliot’s Eclectic Attic). This retails for $3,500 but until 9pm ET on 9/11, you can snag it for $2350 + $187 delivery.
Yes, I just posted another Gilt sale this week, but they’re just rockin’ it this month.
Rapson Inc., who is now selling the iconic Rapson rocker, now has the Rapson Greenbelt™ Rocker and Highback Rapson Greenbelt™ Rocker in addition to the Rapson™ Bentwood Rocker. If you want to invest in a rocker that will last a lifetime, these (expensive) beauties are worthy of your consideration.
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I promised to let you know when the new Nurseryworks rocker and glider came out and the time is now. I’ve added the Bungalow Rocker and Cole Glider to buymodernbabyseats and have a few new photos to share with you.
First up… the Cole Gilder…
The glider and ottoman are built with a plywood base and feature a slim silhouette at only 30″ wide (25″ for the ottoman). The ottoman has a little book shelf underneath. You can choose a light or dark base and one of three suede colors with or without contrasting piping. The glider retails for $700 and the ottoman is an additional $300.
The Cole Glider is almost like the Goodnight Glider used to be, but that one started at $1200 (not including the $620 ottoman). You might still be able to find a few of those out there. They’ll most likely be clearance (or ebay) items and could be worth finding if you’re looking for brighter, fun colors.
The next little beauty is the Bungalow Rocker.
The Bungalow Rocker is available with a Light Ash or Dark Ash base and in three suede colors. It retails for $800. You might have noticed me use it in a nursery design board several months ago!
I really liked the bright orange rocker that was shown in the Nurseryworks display at ABC Kids, but they are clearly going with some safer neutrals instead.
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If you love the products from P’kolino (as I surely do), but their color offerings haven’t really worked with your decor, this might open up the possibilities for you.
The Café con Leche Collection includes some of P’kolino’s most popular furniture items like the Toddler Bed, Little One’s Table and Chairs, Clothes Tree, Children’s Desk and Zebra Rocking Chair, but in a dark wood and white finish. The price for these pieces is slightly higher than their lighter and more colorful counter parts (as shown below). All the pieces are currently available for pre-order.
Toddler Bed and Chair- $300 (vs. $250 for the original)
Little One’s Table and Chairs- $190 (vs. $150 for the originals)
Clothes Tree- $120 (vs. $90 for the originals)
Children’s Desk- $100 (vs. $75 for the original)
Zebra Rocking Chair- $90 (vs. $70 for the original)
And while we’re on the subject of what’s new from P’kolino, I want to show you some of their wonderful new toys and puzzles.
The Fishing Hole Shape Sorter ($25) teaches children 1 and up colors and size recognition. The Geared Shape Sorter ($30) teaches children 18 months and older about shapes and colors and helps improve fine motor skills. These will be released on June 1st but can be pre-ordered now.
I love all the P’kolino puzzles and their new 3 (not shown), 6, and 12 piece puzzles are more to love. You can pre-order these today and they will be released on June 1st. They also have two new multi-solution puzzles, the Spaceship and the Owl. I really wish we had these all.
All the multi-solution puzzles are available right now for $20 a piece. These, along with any of the other P’kolino toys, make incredible gifts!
This isn’t news to anyone, but an Eames Rocker is a beautiful choice for a modern nursery. I’ve been delinquent in adding it to my list of rocking chairs but I took care of it today. Unlike the fiberglass originals, today’s Eames molded chairs are made of 100% recyclable polypropylene (not that I’m sure why you’d ever be throwing it into a recycling bin). For $480, this is the most inexpensive rocker on the list, although that does tell me I need to do some work and find more budget friendly rocking chair options!
These come in a variety of neutral and bright colors.
If plastic doesn’t quite do it for you and you want to purchase a new fiberglass shell chair, they are currently being manufactured by Modernica so you can take a look at those as well. Those cost about $375 when purchased new.
There are plenty of places to score knock-off chairs like these for as little as $125 if you’re just going for the look.
If you’re comfortable with the feel of the chair, you know you can’t go wrong with the design.
But you don’t have to take MY word for it! To see examples of a these rockers used in different nurseries, take a look at my flickr gallery.
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There are a few especially interesting pieces in Restoration Hardware Baby & Child’s new collection and some that would do well in a modern space.
First is their new Roll Arm Rocker for $1100-$1500.
I also really like the Foundry Metal Cubby System ($800 as shown) as a storage option. If you want something more durable than an Expedit from Ikea, I think this powder-coated iron shelving might to the trick.
There are also a number of interesting decor items that would infuse a space with tons of personality.