• Larry Thomas

Gliders Up the Ante in Fashion, Function

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 360-degee roller bearing allows the chair to swivel and glide, and a separate mechanism allows it to recline as well.
Why it's selling: With a retail price-tag of about $599 for the chair and ottoman, this multi-function piece offers an excellent value for consumers looking to add a contemporary flair to a living room, family room or media room. The top-grain leather cover adds a touch of elegance. 

 The Comfort Chair
 The C-1037

What's hot: The C-1037 from Best Home Furnishings
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
Key features: This large-scale wood glider features high-density foam cushions wrapped in Dacron fiber, as well as a seat constructed of No-Sag springs and a denim deck pad.
Why it's selling: The generous scale and the high-quality cushions deliver extra comfort, and a mechanism that operates on a steel ball-bearing provides a long, smooth glide. This model and its companion, the 1723, are the newest glider rockers in the Brooks lineup but have quickly moved near the top of the company's best-seller list. 

 Model 455

What's hot: Model 455 from Dutailier
Key features: Featuring a blend of contemporary and minimalist styling, this piece will glide, swivel and recline. It also has a flip-up footrest that operates when it's in the reclining mode.
Why it's selling: Introduced earlier this year, the chair's versatility and superior comfort made it an instant hit with retailers and consumers. In addition to more than 30 leather colors, it is available in more than 250 fabric covers. 

Larry ThomasLarry Thomas | News Editor, Furniture Today

Hi, I'm Larry Thomas, news editor of Furniture/Today. Since joining the staff in 1989, I’ve written about topics ranging from wicker chairs to proxy battles at public companies. In my new post as news editor, I oversee the news coverage for both the print edition and furnituretoday.com. I look forward to discussing key industry issues in this forum, and I welcome your thoughts and opinions.

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