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How Much Does a Glider Rocking Chair Cost?

 
average costMedium: $130-$450high costHigh: $160-$680+

Gliders are the rocking chair of choice for many new parents. Unlike traditional wooden chairs that mainly rock the upper body, gliders move the entire body in a smooth, back-and-forth motion. Glider chairs, which are sold in traditional or "sleigh" styles, are commonly used by new parents for nursing or soothing babies. In general, there are two types of glider chairs: those with a wooden frame and padding only on the seat, back and arms, and those which are fully upholstered.

Typical costs:

  • Basic, wood-frame glider chairs, usually offered with finishes like natural, white, maple or cherry, run from as low $130 to as high as $450.
  • Upholstered glider chairs, most often designed to be used outside a nursery, cost anywhere from $160 to $680. However, high-end retailers like Posh Tots and Modern Tots[1] sell upholstered models with modern styles for $600 to $1,100.
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What should be included:
  • All gliders should come with some sort of "lock" to prevent the chair from rocking when you don't want it to.
  • A factory-made glider chair typically comes with a minimum 1-year manufacturer's warranty. However, because there are ball bearings in the gliding mechanism, Consumer Reports[2] recommends a 10-year or lifetime warranty, if possible.
  • Custom-made gliders should come with a longer basic warranty, generally 3 years at the minimum.
Additional costs:
  • Ottomans to match the glider chair typically run from $50 to $220, depending on whether the ottoman is a stationary or gliding version.
  • Custom-ordered upholstery such as leather or microfiber material will also add to the cost of a glider.
Discounts:
  • Many stores offer the best prices on combinations which include a glider and a matching ottoman. However, if you don't want or need an ottoman, you might be able to save by buying the glider separately.
  • Stationary ottomans are typically less expensive than the ones which glide. Some people actually prefer a stationary ottoman, so they can use their legs to control the motion of the chair.
Shopping for a glider rocking chair:
  • As with most furniture, be sure to test a glider chair before buying.
  • Make sure the size of the chair is comfortable while using a nursing pillow, such as a Boppy[3] or My Brest Friend[4] . If possible, bring your nursing pillow to the store.
  • Check to see that there is adequate padding, particularly on the arms and seat. Consumer Reports[5] recommends looking under the seat to be sure there are springs securing the bottom of the cushion to the chair frame. The springs will help provide support and shock absorption.
  • Many parents recommend chairs with removable or detachable cushions that can be machine washed and fabric that is dark-colored or stain resistant.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. For medical decisions, always consult your physician for the right course for your infant or child.
 
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Graco Avalon Glider Rocker
Amount: $229.00
Posted by: JanuaryBoy in Bayonne, NJ.Posted: March 16th, 2010 07:03AM
Brand: GracoModel: Avalon
Bought online from amazon.com. Cost $229 included "Free Super Saver Shipping."
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External Resources:
  1.  www.moderntots.com/home
  2.  www.consumerreports.org/cro/gliders-rocking-chairs/buying-guide.htm
  3.  www.abbottbflchallenge.com/
  4.  www.mybrestfriend.com
  5.  www.consumerreports.org/cro/gliders-rocking-chairs/buying-guide.htm
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