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Comparing Porch Rocking Chair Styles

If you’re in the market for your first outdoor porch rocking chair or hoping to add to your collection, you’re in luck! From a traditional porch rocking chair in a variety of styles to a cushioned deep seating rocker that completes any outdoor space, we have several options. Also, keep reading to learn more about the history of rocking chairs and how to choose one that best fits your style.


Types of Rocking Chairs

Check out the various rocking chair styles we have to offer:

Braxton Porch Rocking Chair

Rustic farmhouse meets contemporary style with this classic X-back design. The Braxton Porch Rocking Chair features a comfortably contoured seat and gently sloped runners, which provide a smooth rocking rhythm.

27″ W x 45.88″ H x 34″ D

Presidential Rocking Chair

By far our most popular rocker, the Presidential Rocking Chair is our only traditional-style rocker available in both classic and vibrant lumber colors. It’s shorter in overall height than our other rocking chair styles but has a taller seat height at 17 inches compared to the Braxton Porch Rocking Chair, which has a seat height of 16.25 inches.

26.25″ W x 42.5″ H x 33.75″

Presidential Woven Rocking Chair

The same size as the Presidential Rocking Chair, the Presidential Woven Rocking Chair features an all-weather woven back and seat. Plus, it’s a few pounds lighter.

26.25″ W x 42.5″ H x 33.75″ D

Shaker Porch Rocking Chair

The Shaker Porch Rocking Chair features a comfortably contoured seat and gently sloped runners, which provide a smooth rocking motion. Horizontal back slats create a traditional ladder-back design paired with contemporary lines for a timeless look. With a seat height of 17 inches and a tall backrest, this rocker is the perfect choice for taller folks.

27.18″ W x 45.25″ H x 34″ D

Prescott Porch Rocking Chair

Inspired by modern farmhouse designs with its straight lines and subtle angles, the Prescott Porch Rocking Chair is a versatile piece of furniture that works well in any outdoor space.

27″ W x 43.25″ H x 34″ D

Vineyard Porch Rocking Chair

Featuring clean lines and a comfortable curved seat, the Vineyard Porch Rocking Chair helps create a quiet retreat on your porch or patio. This rocking chair is available in traditional lumber colors in both Classic and Vintage Finish, providing a wide variety of color choices.

27.25″ W x 45.88″ H x 34.25″ D

Classic Adirondack Rocking Chair

Combining the Adirondack chair’s traditional back and seat with gently sloped runners, the Classic Adirondack Rocking Chair sets you up for comfort and relaxation out on your outdoor space.

27″ W x 37″ H x 34″ D

Nautical Porch Rocking Chair

Bring the calming feel of the coast to your outdoor space with the Nautical Porch Rocking Chair. This chair features a comfortably contoured seat, a convenient handle in the headrest, and gently sloped runners. It also pairs easily with other pieces from the POLYWOOD Nautical Collection.

27.18″ W x 45.88″ H x 34″ D

Jefferson Rocking Chair

Our Jefferson Rocking Chair is a more traditional rocker, one you’d typically picture on a southern porch. Regardless of where you live, this rocker provides the largest seat out of our collection. If you’re on the taller side, this feature might be the most comfortable option for you.

26.5″ W x 47″ H x 34″ D

Jefferson Woven Rocking Chair

The same size as the Jefferson Rocking Chair (but a few pounds lighter), the Jefferson Woven Rocking Chair features an all-weather woven back and seat.

26.5″ W x 47″ H x 34″ D

Estate Rocking Chair

A modern take on a classic, the Estate Rocking Chair features wide, vertical back slats giving this rocker a contemporary look paired with a comfortably contoured seat and gently sloped runners. This rocking chair’s simplistic design makes it easy to incorporate into any outdoor space.

26.25″ W x 41.25″ H x 34″ D

Braxton Deep Seating Rocking Chair

This all-weather, deep-seating rocker pairs comfort and style with soft pillow-back cushions and a charming cross-back design. The Braxton Deep Seating Rocking Chair strikes the perfect balance of straight lines and curved details for a style that is traditional, timeless, and cozy.

28.38″ W x 30.88″ H x 33.13″ D

Vineyard Deep Seating Rocking Chair

With supportive seat cushions and soft, buttoned back pillows covered in durable all-weather performance fabric, the Vineyard Deep Seating Rocking Chair provides the ultimate spot for relaxation.

28.5″ W x 29.25″ H x 37″ D

Prescott Deep Seating Rocking Chair

Relax and sink back into the comfortable Prescott Deep Seating Rocking Chair. Featuring a contemporary design, this rocking chair boasts plush cushions covered in all-weather performance fabric that’s built to withstand all four seasons. 

30.25″ W x 29″ H x 37″ D

The Rocking Chair History and Design

Just like POLYWOOD furniture, the rocking chair was an American invention. While many people credit Benjamin Franklin as the chair’s inventor, historians traced the chair’s origins to the early 18th century, when Franklin was a kid. Regardless of who invented it, the rocking chair design was inspired by rocking cradles and rocking horses, both of which existed hundreds of years before the rocking chair emerged. The rocking chair was created to be used outdoors, but it eventually made its way into living rooms and dens. Today, rocking chairs can be found both indoors and outdoors as a cozy spot to unwind and relax. 


How to Choose the Right Rocking Chair for Your Style

With so many rocking chair options from POLYWOOD, it can be tricky picking one that matches your style. While there’s no right or wrong way to decorate your outdoor area, our recommendations below can help steer you in the right direction:

Rustic

Coastal

Contemporary

Traditional 


Conclusion

No matter which porch rocking chair style you choose, you can rest easy knowing your POLYWOOD rocker is backed by a 20-year warranty and can withstand anything Mother Nature throws its way. Let us know which style you like the best in the comments below!

Blog Post Updated July 1, 2021

19 thoughts on “Comparing Porch Rocking Chair Styles

  1. Have your chairs been tested in the sun in Florida? Intersted in your pricing. I would be interested in trying them in sunny Florida☀️

    1. Hi Jennifer! The formula for genuine POLYWOOD lumber includes a superior UV additive package designed for HDPE (high-density polyethylene) that improves exterior durability, greatly reducing characteristic surface degradation caused by sunlight and other UV light sources. While some fading may occur over the lifetime of the product, the toll the sun may take on any furniture, regardless of material, will vary depending on where your furniture placed (full sun vs partial shade) as well as where you live (Florida vs Ohio).

      If you have more specific questions we’d be happy to answer them for you! Feel free to contact our team at support@polywoodinc.com.

    2. I have purchased several Poly-Wood chairs in the last 6-8 years. ( 8 ) I had severe fading with my original red Adirondack chairs (I purchased multiple colors). The warranty is wonderful and Poly-Wood replaced them (in a different color at my request). I believe I had to replace my yellow also. Unfortunately, I had some fading to a lesser degree after my warranty expired on a few others but it was 5 years down the road and not as severe. I will add that I have very hot summers here in North Florida and my chairs are in the full sun all the time! You cannot beat the construction of this product. They are heavy and show very little if any, signs of wear. I am on here now looking at the rocking selection!

      1. Hi Becky,

        Thanks for your reply to Jennifer — Florida sun is definitely brutal! We’re so glad you had a great experience with our Customer Experience Team! In the past, the specific chemical blend in our Sunset Red lumber made it a little more susceptible to fading. However, as I’m sure they mentioned, this is something we have since corrected. Our current chemical blend, which includes our UV-inhibiting Color-Stay Technology, has tested significantly better and is a big improvement from what we offered historically.

        Best,
        Dannielle

  2. We have 2 Presidential Rockers we love, but unfortunately we moved and the color of them does not go well with the colors of the new house. Can the Presidential Rocker be painted? If yes, what special process do I need to use?
    Thanks,
    Robert

    1. While we don’t recommend painting POLYWOOD® lumber, one thought we had to help tie in the rockers with your new home is with accessories (pillows, plants, etc). Feel free to send us a photo of your rockers next to your home and we’d be happy to make any accessorizing suggestions we can: support@polywoodinc.com.

    1. Hi Natalie! Our St. Croix Rocking Chair is still available, it’s just exclusive to Target. You can find the entire St. Croix Collection for Target at Target.com.

    1. Hi Brian,

      Our Presidential Rocking Chairs are a more traditional rocker, while our St. Croix Adirondack Rocking Chair is an Adirondack style chair (which is also exclusive to Target).

      1. Can you give dimensions of the seat heights and back heights of the st. croix vs. the presidential? The Target site has conflicting dimensions.

        Thank you

        1. Hi Tobie,

          The POLYWOOD St. Croix Rocking Chair measures 40.5 inches (H) x 25.25 inches (W) x 34.0 inches (D), slightly shorter than the Presidential Rocking Chair which is 42.5 inches (H) x 26.25 inches (W) x 33.75 inches (D).

  3. Which model rocker has the largest seat and the highest weight rating? It would be great to have a comparison specs. chart now that there are so many models. Thanks!

    1. Hi Lisa,

      You’re right! We actually have an updated blog post planned to compare/include all of our new rocking chair styles. Currently, the largest seat available is with either our Prescott Rocking Chair or the Shaker Porch Rocking Chair — both feature seats that are 21″ x 19.75″. All of our chairs are weight tested up to 300 lbs.

      Best,
      Dannielle

  4. Are the chairs weatherproof? Meaning they can be left outdoors, uncovered?

    We were told chairs we purchased in May were just that and the finish has buckled, they have molded and the legs have broken :(. Really want to do my homework before I invest another 1k in chairs like I did on the last.

    We plan to leave them out on our deck with gets full N.C. sun, rain, etc.

    1. Hi Karen,
      Great question! POLYWOOD outdoor furniture is weather-resistant. Our all-weather material is built to withstand all four seasons and a range of climates including hot sun, snowy winters, salt spray, and heavy winds. It’s also resistant to stains and corrosive substances and isn’t prone to splinter, crack, chip, peel, or rot. It’ll do great in North Carolina! Thanks for reaching out!

  5. I have 2 presidential rockers and love them. I would like another rocker with a higher seat height. I have long legs and want the extra height. Thx

    1. Hi Ruth!

      That’s a great suggestion! At this time, our porch style rocking chairs have a seat height between 16″ – 17 “. We greatly appreciate that you brought your feedback to our attention and are excited that you’re loving your new Presidential Rocking Chairs.

      All the best!

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