Glider or Rocker?

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What is the difference between a rocker and a glider? You may be surprised to find that many aren’t too sure about what the difference is. Yes, the motion is not exactly the same, they feel different when using them. But there are fundamental differences worth discussing.

Monte Joya Nursery Rocker

 The Joya Rocker

All rocking chairs share one fundamental quality: they rock on a curved base. All of Monte’s rocking chairs rest on a base that is made out of solid wood. The Jackson and Jackie rest on a solid American Walnut wood base and the Joya offers a few options: American Walnut, Maple or White (painted maple) wood bases.

Monte Jackie Nursery Rocker

The Jackie Rocker

One of the advantages of a rocking chair is that there are no moving parts which = less maintenance. No rivets or mechanisms to clean or maintain. The Monte rocking chairs are made to last generations. A solid curved wood base is a great combination of function and fashion. It looks great and it works!

For some however, the rocking motion isn’t compatible with tile or wood flooring and so a gliding mechanism offers a great alternative.

Modern Nursery Glider: Como Glider

The Como Glider

There are a variety of glider types available. There are straight gliders, swivel gliders and even swivel glider recliners! All gliders feature a smooth and quiet gliding motion.

Modern Nursery Glider Recliner: Grano Glider

The Grano Glider Recliner

For those with delicate flooring – it’s helpful to have a chair that stays put and doesn’t rub against the floor. Unlike a rocking base, the motion on a glider occurs between the stationary base and the chair body via a steel mechanism (100% USA made). The mechanism requires very little effort to move back and forth, and this motion can be very soothing for both parent and child.


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Here are some photos from our Instagram page to help you decide!

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