Patio Rocking Chairs

Outdoor Rocking Chairs

A porch or patio is a place to lounge, relax and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. Selecting the perfect rocking chair can bring cohesion to your outdoor living area while providing a comfy place to read and appreciate nature. However, many factors other than support and comfort come into play while shopping for a patio rocking chair. More

Size and Budget

While choosing chair size, think about how large the patio is. Big, bulky patio rocking chairs may be comfortable, but they'll cause stubbed toes in smaller spaces. Conversely, smaller-sized models meant for tight spaces will look out of place on spacious patios and decks.

Some more affordable chairs need assembly, while other pricier models may not. It's up to you to decide the best option for your unique needs and budget.


Natural or synthetic wicker chairs have a vintage look and can be adorned with bright cushions for a splash of personality. Wood is simple and classic, setting a more subdued or rustic tone. For a modern vibe, go with patio rocking chairs made from metal or iron.

A wide range of styles can also be achieved based on the chair's finish. Varnish, paint and stain make big visual differences and offer different levels of durability and weather resistance.


Be creative with the colors of outdoor furniture. Mixing patterns and solid colors can liven up the existing style. Although natural wood tones or metal look great in many indoor rooms, they can be a bit drab for open-air settings. Paint a patio rocking chair in shades of green, red or orange to add character to outdoor furniture sets.


Good craftsmanship is crucial for patio rocking chairs, as wind, heat and rain can be damaging. Furniture with interlocking joints is usually sturdier and stronger than pieces held together by glue. The construction materials themselves may also make a difference.

  • Metal rocking chairs can be sturdy and weather-resistant, but unless that metal is aluminum it may rust if not covered.
  • Plastic will last for only a few seasons before fading and losing strength.
  • Natural wicker needs to be kept out of direct sunlight and away from moisture to avoid splitting.
  • Synthetic and resin wicker are resistant to the elements, but may also be costly.
  • Woods like, teak, Brazilian cherry, cypress and cedar are great for outdoor use but need to be treated regularly.

No matter what the material, cold weather and precipitation will cause outdoor furniture to age more rapidly. Many wooden patio rocking chairs have finishes that help ward off snow and rain. However, bringing the chairs indoors in winter will help prevent fading or cracking. Covers can also be used to protect outdoor furniture when not in use.