Colorful, Classic Porch Rockers
The traditional chair for outdoor relaxing gets pepped up in vibrant hues and rich stains
Whiling away a summer afternoon on a porch is a distinctly American pleasure—as are outdoor seats that sway back and forth to create an artificial breeze. Both date to colonial times and popped up all across the country, though they became especially popular in the South, where their cooling rewards were most appreciated.
The archetypal porch rocker is wood, finished with paint or stain as some measure of protection against the elements, with a high slatted or spindle back. Finials, turnings, and other embellishments—nods to various architectural styles—add flair. Today, many are also made of weatherproof resin lumber to resist fading, cracking, and wear. We found nine options in a range of colors and materials to cheer up your outdoor space, whether it be a patio or a deck or that old favorite, a porch.
Tip: Will a rocker teeter freely in your space? It's not enough to look at the chair depth: Most need 3§ feet of floor to rock back and forth, plus room for the sitter to stand up. That's 5 feet front to back, minimum.
Linear in lime
Size: 26"W x 33"D x 45"H
Made of: Ash, painted green
Highlights: The straight lines of this lightweight slat-back seat, with its finished front edge, stand out in a springy hue.
About $140; tortugaoutdoor.com
Size: 24"W x 28"D x 47"H
Made of: Acacia, painted red
Highlights: Reminiscent of Arts and Crafts design, the chair's trios of slats are subtly curved for lumbar support.
About $100; wayfair.com
Dixie Seating Company
Size: 26"W x 31"D x 46"H
Made of: Ash, stained dark walnut
Highlights: Turned stiles, a crested top rail, and slim dowel spindles give this warm-brown chair a stately Victorian feel.
About $170; dixieseating.com
C.R. Plastic Products
Size: 25"W x 31"D x 49"H
Made of: 100 percent recycled-plastic lumber, in aqua
Highlights: Its scalloped top and apron, scrolled runners, and beachy hue evoke a seaside "painted lady"—adding a fun vintage vibe anywhere. Chair comes with a 10-year warranty.
About $360; shopus.crpproducts.com
Size: 25"W x 32"D x 46"H
Made of: Ash and hickory, painted white
Highlights: A clean white finish shows off the curved slatted seat and finial-topped sides of this Shaker-inspired ladderback.
About $340; carolinaporchrockers.com
Size: 27"W x 30 "D x 46"H
Made of: Ash, painted bright blue
Highlights: This sturdy ladderback is loaded with coastal charm, thanks to its wavy slats and luxe ocean-blue paint job.
About $340; 717-274-2862
Trex Outdoor Furniture
Size: 26 "W x 33"D x 42"H
Made of: 90 percent recycled-plastic lumber, in forest green
Highlights: A handy cutout on the arched top rail makes this sturdy seat easy to maneuver. Material is backed by a 20-year warranty.
About $330; trexfurniture.com
Size: 22"W x 35"D x 42 "H
Made of: 90 percent recycled-plastic lumber, in mango
Highlights: Wide slats in back make for a comfortable fit; extra-long runners keep over-rocking in check.
About $375; 574-293-2142
Piney Creek Woodworks
Size: 27"W x 32"D x 47"H
Made of: Unfinished red oak (We finished it with golden-oak stain and spar varnish.)
Highlights: This super-solid hand-built chair has three rails in back and three crossbars below the seat for stability.
About $95; pineycreekwoodworksllc.com