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Personalized Rocking Chairs for Kids - A Great Gift

Updated on September 9, 2013

So You Think You Can Rock

When you're starting to think about gifts for the little ones in your life, why not consider a rocking chair? These adorable chairs are comfy and will last as enduring heirlooms throughout your child's life.

Where do you find a great rocking chair? Look online for places that have personalized rocking chairs. You can usually find them for under $100. Or, you can create your own. The choice is yours!

This lens will help you get educated and make that decision.

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Pump Up The Fun

For even more fun, invite the

child to help you decorate!

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Image by glenmcbethlaw on Flickr

Search High and Low

Use Your Resources

Visit an unfinished furniture store. You will find them listed in the yellow pages or maybe you've driven by one you can check out. These stores are wonderful. They are filled with unfinished furniture of every kind.

You'll browse through all kinds of kids furniture such as bookcases, desks, shelves, armoires, tables, rocking horses and even chairs that are unfinished and just ready for a creative artist to come and make them into masterpieces.

Babies Naturally Love Rocking Chairs - Here's The Proof!

Finding The Goods

Paint, Stain and All That Jazz

Be sure to ask where the rocking chairs are and specifically if they carry personalized childrens chairs. You will usually find one or two versions of the child's chair that are inexpensive and just waiting for your paint.

Buy the paint at the store if you can, not only to keep it simple but also so that you can get the right type of paint, plus match the color to the chair and it's texture.

Most stores will offer stains, milk paint, and other paints that are perfect for use on unfinished wood.

If you don't see colors you like, at least buy the sealant there. They will carry the correct sealer coat for unfinished furniture. It will save you having to hunt through the huge paint department in a big store looking for the right product.

Checking Out His Chair

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Image by {just jennifer} on Flickr

Personalize the rocking chair to the child's interests

Image courtesy of Laineys Repertoire on Flickr
Image courtesy of Laineys Repertoire on Flickr

When in Doubt

Big Box Stores

Next, if you haven't found paint you like, go to a paint store and start browsing samples. Choose colors that will match with the nursery décor or just go wild. If you have a little girl who loves pink, create a pink princess chair.

A little boy who loves trains? Go with blue and paint on a train or use a train decal. There's really no limit. You can even buy paint markers that will allow you to personalize the chair. If you don't find markers, look for adhesive letters in a fancy font. You can usually find them by the mailboxes in hardware stores.

Or, you may want to try online. Type in "adhesive kid name letters" and you will find many choices from bubble letters to cool handwriting fonts.

Image by Steven Snodgrass on Flickr
Image by Steven Snodgrass on Flickr

Prepping the Chair

Whip It Into Shape

When you've got all your supplies, get ready to paint. You won't need to sand the chair if it's unfinished. They do that for you.

But if you have found an older kids rocking chair, you may need to sand it down before painting over the existing finish. It'll get rid of any splinters that might be there, and it will also present a smoother surface for painting.

More Proof - That Babies LOVE Rocking Chairs!

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Image by juliejordanscott on Flickr

Painting & Decorating

Make it Special

Paint the surface and allow it to dry. You may need more than one coat, but wait until it's dry to check it out. Then, when it's all dry, apply the sealant following the manufacturer's instructions.

When it's all dry, apply the child's name in letters on the back of the chair that will face out. Or, you can put the letters on the seat of the chair, the legs, or anyplace else you like.

Have fun either selecting your chair online or in a store or making your own rocking chair. This will be one gift your recipient will keep forever and always think of you when she sits in it.

Comments Rock! - Get it? Get it?

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    • ShariBerry profile image

      Sharon Berry 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      You are right. Babies love to rock and a personalized rocking chair would make a wonderful gift for the 1 year old. Rock on Pinkchic18.

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      7 years ago

      I just saw some raw rocking chairs at a craft store the other day and debated making one for my friend who was expecting. But they were just as expensive as the finished ones! It's a cute idea though.

    • kimmer1491 profile image


      8 years ago from Big Lake, MN

      My best friend's cousin makes personalized Rocking Horses for each new baby in their family. When my friend's son was born last year, he got a zebra-striped horse with his name painted on the front - it was beautiful, and such a great keepsake!

    • squid-janices7 profile image


      8 years ago

      Love personalized rocking chairs or wooden rocking horses for kids....they make great new baby or 1st birthday gifts!


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