12 Amazing Outdoor Rocking Chairs | Ideas and Designs

Outdoor Rocking Chairs

Want to recapture a bit of the old country past? Get yourself an outdoor rocking chair, get on your porch and start rocking. They are an extremely relaxing way to while away the day and think back to how things used to be.

So what does one look for in an outdoor rocking chair? Well, they are a little more limited in materials than their indoor cousins, but that doesn’t make them any less attractive. As a matter of fact, teak, cherry, and cedar woods are the most commonly used materials in outdoor rocking chairs, and are all beautiful woods.

You will have to consider the style of outdoor rocking chair you want to have at your home. While you may think a rocking chair is a rocking chair, you couldn’t be more wrong.

Some have a more southern style, often made of white wicker and flowery cushions. A more rustic one hair may be made out of tree branches and logs that still have some of the bark on them for effect.

Even if you decide on a simple, and typical looking one, you still have to decide if it will be natural, painted, stained or what else will be done to the surface. And we didn’t even begin to look into which way the back slats were going, up and down, or side to side.

Comfort is extremely important in outdoor rocking chairs. Without it being comfortable you will not want to spend hour after hour rocking away on your porch. So, before laying out a lot of money on some, make sure they are going to offer the ride you are hoping for.

If they are not cushioned, the seat and back should be contoured to offer a more comfortable fit for your body. If you are getting cushions on your outdoor rocking chairs, make sure they fit right.

An ill fitting cushion that is sitting on top of the seat and back of outdoor rocking chairs could slide around under you and end up making you more uncomfortable than if you didn’t have them.

The other portion of this part of the equation is how the chair rocks. It needs to smoothly rock back and forth without any skips or weird spots where it may not have been properly formed. Can you lean all the way back without the chair feeling like it’s going to topple over? You should be able to. You should always feel secure in outdoor rocking chairs that you are going to stay rocking, not topple over.

When you are ready to invest in outdoor rocking chairs, you should know they are not cheap, at least the good ones. Good rocking chairs will put you back a pretty penny, but you have to realize that you are paying for quality.

Hand created outdoor rocking chairs, that have attention to detail are the ones that have higher price tags, but also a longer lasting and more comfortable experience

Set the scene in your beautiful backyard, patio or porch with outdoor rocking chairs that are not only lounge-worthy but stylish and fun too. You’d be surprised how many wonderful styles these classic furniture pieces can be designed in, which is why we thought it was time to share some of our favorite ideas and designs.

From rustic-inspired to modern finished, let’s inspect some outdoor rocking chairs that will transform your place of R&R into something even more special.

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A selection of Rocking Chairs

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Black Outdoor Rocking Chairs

You might not know what these are from first glance because of their smooth legs, these pieces have a distinct contemporary flair but with the function of classic rocking as well. Piled around the unique fire pit in a zen and fashion-forward space, this is quite the inspiring back patio.

Outdoor Rocking Chairs for Southwestern Style Home


Hoop Glider and Ottoman Rocking Chair

  • PREMIUM COMFORT: The Storkcraft Premium Hoop Glider and Ottoman offers you generous seating room, comfortable padded arm cushions with convenient storage pockets, and enclosed metal ball bearings for a smooth gliding motion to gently rock you and your little one to relaxation
  • CONVENIENT STORAGE: Each padded arm cushion includes a convenient storage pocket to hold any reading materials or essentials you need to keep within arm?s reach
  • MULTIPLE COLORS: Designed to match any nursery, this glider is available in multiple cushion and base colors so it will match your style and blend seamlessly with the rest of your nursery furniture including including cribs, changing tables, dressers, mattresses, beds, and bunk beds.
  • SIZE: Maximum recommended weight (250 pounds); Length (25.5 inches); Height (38.5 inches); Width (21.5 inches); Seat width (18 inches); Seat depth (19 inches); Seat height (17.5 inches); Ottoman length (16 inches); Ottoman height (14 inches); Ottoman width (19 inches)
  • ASSEMBLY REQUIRED: This product requires assembly; base of glider made of solid hardwood material;
  • EASY CLEAN: The comfortable, polyester upholstery of our glider and ottoman set is spot cleanable, so you can keep your nursery looking fresh, clean and comfortable for you and your baby or infant. It’s the ideal rocking chair for any stage of maternity
  • UNIQUE QUALITY: For 70 years, Storkcraft has been manufacturing quality furniture for infants, toddlers, kids, and teens. Compare our line of innovative products to those from Angel Line, Delta Children, Baby Relax, DaVinci, Shermag or Dutalier; Distance between arms : 12.5 inches
  • Meets or exceeds all applicable American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM International) and Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) safety standards.

Hoop Glider and Ottoman Rocking Chair

Wicker Outdoor Rocking Chairs

For a bit of Asian spice, check out these unique, wicker styles! They create an organic and natural air around your backyard, with an interesting and original take on classic outdoor styles. We think they’d look even better with a couple of colorful pillows and throws atop of  them throughout crisper, fall evenings.

banana fiber outdoor rocking chairs


Black and White Outdoor Rocking Chairs

These black and white designs are unusually built and beautiful to look at. Chic, clean and with contemporary structure, these modern beauties fit perfectly in this uber modern backyard pool area. They’re stylish and fashion-forward enough to stand on their own without any overwhelming, bright colors or extra accessories.

Pool Side Outdoor Rocking Chairs


Rustic Outdoor Rocking Chair

Rustic and more traditional in design, this outdoor rocking chair has an artistry all its own with a more homey presence. Built with a mixed material vision in mind, we love the “big wheel” bones and multi-shaded seat. We see this piece on the front of a plantation home with a gorgeous, wrap-around porch or even in the back of the house near your outdoor fireplace and cozy hammocks.

contemporary rocking chair design


Indoor Rocking Chair

This design has a definitely masculine energy but, again, with a more stylish finish than classic, outdoor pieces. It sits well near the front door as a place to take off your boot’s after a long day’s work or a seat to enjoy a hot cup of cocoa in the evening. It will blend well with a more traditional home and theme but has a more youthful vibe than dull placement.

Gaivota indoor rocking chair and dog


Stylish Rocking Chair

A chair with a definite “vacation” vibe, this seat mixes tradition and holiday spirit with simplicity and ease. It’s legs have a more classic style while the woven cushions make for a unique topping. All it needs is a bit of color, like mango oranges and cherry reds,  and furniture accent to create a space of rest and relaxation around it.

Greenbelt outdoor Rocker Made of Walnut


3 Piece Patio Rocking Set

  • HIGH QUALITY SET – These patio swivel chairs have durable powder-coated steel frame, rust and weather resistant. Breathable text Ilene sling fabric, well ventilated and quick drying. The patio table selected anti-rust coated steel frame and no special maintained required.
  • COMFORTABLE SWIVEL CHAIRS – Swivel function provides extra comfort and relaxation. Excellent text Ilene fabric, ergonomic back support, curved arms and well ventilated seat to give you the best user experience.
  • Multifunctional use – modern design chairs and Table fit perfectly with any indoor or outdoor decor. Ideal for courtyard, patio, garden, porch, balcony, around swimming pools. Bring you the best relaxation and enjoy the leisure time.
  • PRODUCT DIMENSION – Swivel Chairs: 24″(L) x 28. 3″(W) x 42. 1″(H); Square Table: 20. 9″(L) x 20. 9″(W) x 19. 7″(H). This chair set includes two packages.

LOKATSE HOME 3 Piece Patio Rocking Set with 2 Outdoor Swivel Chairs and 21

Beach Style Rocking Chairs

Made for the beach, these may not have any arms, but their modern lines work well within the confines of pampered afternoons and evenings. They rock just like your grandmother’s favorite but they can also add a sense of luxury and posh style to your pool area. The basket undertone makes it a more nautical design, perfect for your backyard in the summertime.

Beach Side outdoor rocking loungers

Wooden Rocking Chairs

Featuring a more rustic and masculine design. Made with wood but with a more interesting and artistic take on design, we love how this piece acts not only as a functional piece of furniture that blends in with its more country, natural setting but also adds an original outlook on backyard style.

Shine Company Inc. 4332WT Vermont Porch Rocker, White

Modern Rocking Chair

This one is a piece of art in and of itself. It’s got the trending, “floating” element that everyone finds interesting and focused. But it’s also a neutral tone that will mesh with a variety of style themes and visions. So, if you’re looking for a welcoming, yet modern piece, this is the rocking chair you need to check out!

Rocking Chair with Open Backrest

Black Stunning Outdoor Rocking Chairs

Bold and chunky, these black rockers also blend several fun styles all into one: Asian, contemporary and simple outdoors man feelings. They’re simple yet powerful enough to stand on their own without a lot of chaos or over-stylizing. Sitting simply by the pool, fire pit or even your front door, these beauties will spruce up and make that nook even more comfortable.

rattan outdoor rocking chairs

Wooden Stunner Rocking Chair

Most likely the most traditional style of the bunch, this rocking piece has a bit of unique design blended in easily into a welcoming finish. This piece fits well on wrap around, country-inspired porches and patios. It’s got a southern charm that more modern chairs and designs could never undertake, which is why it deserves a spotlight.

Pool Style Outdoor Rocking Chair

You may think this one is just a pool lounger, but it rocks too! We love this two-in-one, fashion-forward design. The black, of course, fits in with a variety of home style themes but it also goes well with a sleek and contemporary vision. We love its innovative bone structure and the way it actually “works,” what do you think?

unique black outdoor folding rocking chair


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