WHAT TO LOOK FOR
According to furniture maker Bob Erickson, you want to test-drive your rocking chair; sit in a few, and decide what’s most comfortable. That said, good lumbar support, where the chair back curves in an S shape to cup the lower back, is a must. Watch out for a U-shaped back, which is in opposition to the body’s natural form.
The height of the arms will affect how your shoulders rest; higher arms will take the weight off the shoulders. For the headboard, you want one that aligns to your neck and head. The seat is the other major component and should “distribute the weight of the person over as broad a surface as possible,” Bob explains.
As far as the rocking experience goes, note the chair’s “sweep,” which is how the chair moves as you push back and forth. The shape of the actual rocker that the chair is mounted on will determine this. A flat rocker will be more stable, while rockers that are more curved or S-shaped will be more lively.