Gliders Up the Ante in Fashion, Function
July 19, 2011,
HIGH POINT - The venerable glider rocker, a staple in nurseries and day care centers for decades, continues to vie for space in living rooms and family rooms as producers tinker with styling and function to broaden its appeal.
Like the motion furniture that is competing for the same space, gliders appeal to furniture buyers because of their comfort and versatility. But consumers sometimes are turned off by their bulky looks - a stigma also attached to many types of motion furniture.
Keying on the relative popularity of motion in recent years, glider rocker suppliers have added models with upscale leather covers, metal and wood bases, and multi-function mechanisms that allow the chair to swivel as well as glide. And for the ultimate in function, select models will swivel, glide and recline.
Such features, manufacturers believe, make gliders suitable for virtually any room in the house.
What's hot: The Comfort Chair from Mac Motion Chairs
Key features: A hand-carved frame, fully upholstered back and distressed pecan finish highlight this popular wood glider. Plus, the Victorian styling adds a touch of elegance.
Why it's selling: The unusual oval-shaped back gives this piece a distinctive look and its smooth, quiet gliding mechanism delivers comfort and relaxation.
What's hot: The Majestic model 1423 from Brooks Furniture
What's hot: Model 455 from Dutailier