Whenever I tell expectant moms that I write a blog about nursery design, the first question I inevitably get is, “Where can I get a cool glider at a good price?” There’s something challenging about the glider/rocker purchase; baby websites seem to perpetuate this odd fear that somehow the wrong chair can make or break a nursery. I know I felt that way. (And yes, I know it’s silly, NOW.)
But to save anyone reading this from the confusion I faced, I’ve done a roundup of my favorite gliders by a very well-reviewed company named Little Castle. What I’ve learned (through my experience with BabyMod/Walmart, AKA Million Dollar Baby) is that it’s now common practice for manufacturers to sell incredibly similar products under different names across different price points. (It’s similar to Converse One Stars being sold exclusively through Target). Interestingly, when the more expensive lines go on sale, they all become very comparable.
So rather than organizing the following gliders by price, I’ve listed them by dimensions, from narrowest to widest. In my personal experience, making sure the chair actually fit in my room was the most important consideration! But what you’ll find is that price actually correlates more with chair depth than chair width (the deeper the chair, the more cushy it is, I suppose). But please take these prices with a grain of salt — when you customize fabrics, the prices will go up. (I’d also normally offer a broader range of retailers as well, but this time I found the best deals on the Posh Tots site). But if you’re in the market, I’d always double-check Rosenberry Rooms , CSN Sofas and Just Nursery Gliders (it’s a real site) to be sure.
UPDATE: The prices originally listed below were only available during a March promotion at PoshTots. I received a lovely letter from Lesley at PT, who wrote:
PoshTots typically offers a 20% off glider sale twice a year, so your readers can look forward to another sale in the fall. Until then, there are several PoshTots coupons that can be found online, including CJ750, the most popular ($100 off orders of $750 or more) that could be used on a glider order or with a more affordable glider and ottoman.
And just so you know, “as PoshTot celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, we’re offering a 20/10 sale every month. The sale items change from month to month. We link to the 20/10 sale page from banners on our home page and category pages. You can find it via this direct link: http://www.poshtots.com/promotions/10_year_promotion.aspx“
1. Venice glider, JC Penney, $559 (was $699)
Measuring 31W x 35D x 37H, the Venice is on the short end (chair backs range from 37″ to 40″ high). If you’re on the taller side, you want to be sure that you’ll be able to fall asleep sitting up (when nursing at 3AM, for instance). But the depth is such that I’d bet you’d be really comfortable, regardless. Color selection is very limited, but I love the white piping available on the brown chair (and ottoman) as shown.
2.Rage glider, Posh Tots, $635
The Rage measures at 31W x 33.5D x 37H. It’s smallish, but incredibly streamlined, without the back cushion like the Venice. If you’re looking for an unassuming, basic glider, this is it.
3. Riviera glider, Posh Tots, $599
At 32W x 36D x 38H, this chair is deeper than the Venice (at top). But these measurements are slightly misleading, as both feature a cushion back. It’s listed as Verdi Jou Jou on Posh Tots but is clearly marked on the Little Castle website as Riviera.
4. Chateau glider, Posh Tots, $678
The Chateau is 33W x 33D x 40H. The rounded arms take up much of the width. I don’t know if it’s because of the fabric shown above, but I love this chair. It’s much more traditional than I’m used to but I think it could serve as a beautiful contrast in a modern room.
5. Enchanted Embassy glider, WalMart, $364.88
At 33W x 31D x 39H, this is the deal of the day. I’m not wildly crazy about the rounded back cushion but at nearly $200 less, I think I’d grow to like it. This chair is exactly what I was talking about. I have read nothing to suggest that the quality of fabric or manufacturing here is any lower than the Little Castle-branded items elsewhere.
6. Heritage (certain colors), Posh Tots, $599
The Heritage measures at 34W x 30D x 39H, which means it’s pretty big. And the prices are all over the place for this piece — they’re highly dependent on fabric selection. So if you’re flexible, you can get a great deal. And please shop around for the best price.
7. Buckingham glider, Posh Tots, $754
34W x 38D (removable cushion) x 38H. Huge. But somehow fitting. I love this toile fabric. If you have room, and want to make a statement, this is the chair to buy.
I’ll do a similar roundup of other favorite rocker/gliders, and I can’t wait to feature Monte Designs (home of Fionn’s orange chair – see it here).