What Is A Swivel Gliding Chair? Features of Swivel Gliding Chair

Helen Skeates
Helen Skeates
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You can turn a swivel gliding chair in any direction you like while sitting in it. These seats were designed with the user’s comfort and productivity in mind. This article will explain what they are, how they work, and what you need to know to buy one for your house or workplace.

Features of Swivel Gliding Chair

Modern technology has allowed for the creation of the swivel glider chair.

Armrests can either be fixed in place or made to move. The user of a fixed armchair should be able to easily reach the desk in front of them. Armchairs that can be adjusted in height and/or from left to right are convenient for people with a variety of physical needs.

Wood, metal, and hybrids of the two are the most common materials used in the construction of swivel gliding chairs.

Hardwood and metal create the most sought after design because they combine stability and durability with comfort.

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What does a swivel glider recliner do?

A swivel glider recliner provides the kind of relaxing support required for sustained sitting while working at a desk. One side features a fixed or height-adjustable armrest.

Depending on your preference, you can rock the chair back and forth or in a circle, and you can choose between a partial recline and a full recline for your legs. Since it can be folded up when not in use, this style of chair takes up much less room than conventional chairs.

What is the difference between a glider and a swivel chair?

You can move freely from one position to another on a glider because of a special mechanism called the gliding mechanism. In comparison to the office chair selection at a furniture store, these options tend to be simpler and more affordable. In contrast, swivel glider recliners typically cost around $200 and provide superior comfort and support for sitting up while working.

What are some benefits of using this type of chair?

Many appreciate the armrest because it provides a comfortable place to rest one’s arm while watching TV or reading. If you prefer to use both hands while working on your laptop, this will help you do that as well. There’s no need to awkwardly contort your body to see what’s on the other side thanks to the swivel’s 360-degree rotation.

The fact that it is a multi-purpose chair that can be used for reading, relaxing, or sitting up while working is a significant advantage that we haven’t yet discussed.

Are rockers or gliders better?

What distinguishes a rocker from a glider is the most frequently asked question. What you need from a chair will determine how you should go about choosing one.

Rocking chairs are ideal for social gatherings because they allow for plenty of legroom, making them a comfortable place to kick back and relax while chatting with friends and loved ones.

However, gliders are the way to go if you need a chair for more utilitarian purposes, such as being able to get up without fully standing.

Chairs that glide effortlessly across any surface are ideal for small apartments or offices with limited floor space.

You get the best of both worlds with a swivel glider chair because it is versatile and can be used on different surfaces.

A rocking swivel chair is the best choice if you want a seat that rocks back and forth and can also be tilted and pushed forward.

They are ideal for use as office furniture in cramped quarters due to their mobility and all-around comfort. Most of them have arms, too, so you can put it to good use and show it off at the same time.

With these many options available what type of chair should I get?

What you plan to do with the chair is a major factor in determining this answer.

An extra-large swivel lounge recliner may be just what you need if you value a seat that can be adjusted to almost any position.

These chairs are great because they are spacious enough for two people, have extra padding, and have extra features like armrests, cup holders, storage pockets, and microfiber or leather upholstery. If you plan to use them primarily in the living room or for entertaining, they will serve you well.

What about something more portable?

A folding table with swivels could be ideal if you need something that is compact and simple to move from place to place.

What we’re looking for

Mechanism: To put it simply, a glider chair gently rocks back and forth. Although not all of them do, some of these seats swivel so that you can rotate through a full circle. Some gliders are able to recline so that you can put your feet up and lean back while still experiencing the soothing rocking motion.

Functions and accoutrements: Even if your chair doesn’t recline, you can still put your feet up with the help of an ottoman, which is often included or sold separately. Personally, I find that the lumbar pillows that come standard on many of these models make sitting in one for long periods of time (when feeding on demand or dealing with a baby who just won’t sleep) much more bearable. Only two of the chairs shown below are water- and stain-resistant, but these are important qualities to look for in a dining chair because you will be using it frequently while eating.

Style: Several of these chairs allow for complete personalization, allowing you to choose the fabric, trim, base, and more of your choice from a wide variety of options.

Safety: Finally, since these chairs are frequently used around a newborn, many of them have earned the GREENGUARD Gold Certification, which is awarded by UL, a global independent safety science company, and means that they “have been tested and scientifically proven to have low chemical emissions.” You and your child can rest easy knowing that “it is guaranteed to give off only low levels of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs.”

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The 10 Very Best Glider Rockers for Nursing

Monte Luca Glider Chair and Ottoman

Four professionals we consulted all gave the Luca their highest recommendation, making it the most frequently brought up glider rocker we heard about. Monte, based in Canada, was founded in 2005 by two designers-turned-parents who wanted to create luxurious yet practical nursery furnishings. T. Ashlee Neuman The Luna glider and matching ottoman are ideal for new parents with limited space, according to, content director at the Bump. The glider also has a number of features that add to its already high level of comfort: The high back provides adequate headrest, and it also comes with a coordinating lumbar pillow to support your lower back, neck, or elbow, as Neuman explains. Goldman argues that there are advantages to purchasing a set, even though you can save money by purchasing gliders without ottomans. When you can rest your feet on an ottoman while gliding, the experience is elevated to that of a first class passenger. Moreover, the Luna “looks cool enough to use elsewhere in your place once you’re done using it in the nursery,” as Micaela Birmingham of the parenting website Scary Mommy put it. Daniel Gordon, a dad, justifies the hefty price tag by saying that his son is getting a high-quality heirloom from Monte. “We treated ourselves to a Monte glider, and we’ve been sitting in it practically every day for the past six years. We have two children and the chair still looks like new despite the fact that there have been numerous spills, climbs, and wrestling matches on it. It’s soft and pretty and seems like it would last forever. You can customize it to your liking by picking from four different wood finishes for the base and nearly three dozen fabric and piping options. The gliding ottoman is an extra $495.

DaVinci Olive Upholstered Swivel Glider

Neuman told us that the Monte Luna is her favorite chair, but that this glider rocker and ottoman set “can’t be beat in terms of the most bang for the buck.” She adores the DaVinci Olive Upholstered Swivel Glider for its sleek design and thinks it would look great in any contemporary nursery. The glider has a high back and lumbar pillow for comfort, and its sturdy base glides forward and backward and swivels 360 degrees, as pointed out by Neuman. Baby Products Mom blogger Sandra Gordon notes that this chair, like the Luna and others on our list, is enhanced by an upholstered glider mechanism, which is “safer if you have a toddler in the house, because there is no way your toddler can get their fingers caught in the glider mechanism,” making it both aesthetically pleasing and child-safe.

Monte Grano Glider Recliner

In contrast to the leading Monte Luna rocker, which does not recline, the Grano glider does. Actor and father Mike Colter said it was the most useful purchase he made during the pandemic. When quarantine began, my daughter was about 15 months old. Colter says, “It was hard to put her down every night.” Change the game with this chair. It’s great for relaxing, rocking, and lounging. The Grano’s hidden reclining mechanism, lumbar pillow, and high back that provides additional spine and neck support have made it a popular glider not only with children but also with their parents, according to David Jacobs, owner of the Brooklyn-based children’s store Mini Jake. It’s made to order, like the Monte Luca chair, and you can choose from a wide variety of fabric and piping combinations, as well as a swiveling metal base (instead of the standard wooden one) for an additional $200.

DaVinci Piper Upholstered Glider Recliner

I recommend the DaVinci Piper chair if you’re shopping for a less expensive glider that reclines (and doesn’t come with a cumbersome ottoman). I spent many sleepless nights nursing my now 3-year-old in one of the coziest chairs in the house. We use it during story time now that he’s a toddler. It’s going to take some convincing, but his little brother is on the way. Its form is reminiscent of that of Da Vinci’s famous Olive chair, and it swivels through the full circle and is extremely sturdy. I’ll add that it’s a fairly large chair (there are sleeker ones on this list), but you can’t beat its value for how long it lasts and how well it supports your body.

Babyletto Kiwi Power Recliner and Swivel Glider

Neuman prefers a slightly more high-tech version of the traditional reclining glider, one that features an electric recliner button and, thus, even less of a chance of waking the baby if you decide to prop your feet up. She describes the chair as “high tech meets high comfort in this state-of-the-art nursery chair,” adding that it can swivel up to 270 degrees. She goes on to say, “There’s even a built-in USB charging port, so you can recharge your mind, body, and electronics all at once.” Jennifer Saxton of the Tot Squad recommends the Kiwi because of its contemporary style and the electric recline function that “silently and seamlessly leans back without a jolt” (I agree that the wingback design makes it one of the most attractive chairs on this list). Also, “it beautifully rocks and rotates and is wide enough for me to do story time with both girls on my lap,” she explains.

Babyletto Toco Swivel Glider and Ottoman

Babylist gear editor Jennifer LaBracio suggests the Babyletto Toco chair if you like the style of the Kiwi chair but don’t need the advanced electric recliner features. She praises its chic appearance and compact size, noting that it fits well in tight quarters without compromising on comfort. Even though it doesn’t recline, you can still kick your feet up on the included ottoman. The fabric is stain- and water-resistant, too.

Carter’s by DaVinci Adrian Swivel Glider With Storage Ottoman

LaBracio also suggests this swiveling glider chair from DaVinci’s partnership with children’s clothing company Carter’s as an alternative to the more pricey option. LaBracio says it “works with any décor — modern, traditional, etc.” due to its rounded wingback design and armrests, which are an improvement over Babyletto’s Toco. Like the Toco, it is also water- and stain-resistant, qualities she considers “two must-have features in a glider.” The ottoman can be used for extra storage, allowing you to keep things like blankets, bibs, and snacks within easy reach.

Babyletto Tuba Swivel Glider

Nothing is more uncomfortable than trying to relax in a glider, or any other chair, only to discover that the seat is too tight. Karen Reardanz, the editorial director of Babylist, recommends this glider with an extra-wide seat for those who are worried about this and have the room for it. She says the glide is “smooth and very quiet” and the space is “enough for feeding or soothing twins, or if a toddler wants to climb up and join the party while you’re with the new baby.” Although it does not recline, Reardanz does mention that a matching ottoman is available for purchase. She suggests that, if you’re not the matching-set type, you can save money by purchasing “a cute pouf that is less expensive but will be just as comfy.”

Dutailier Modern Glider and Nursing Ottoman Combo

A traditional glider, which resembles a rocking chair but has more exposed wood parts, also provides the same fundamental benefits as the other options discussed. Sandra Gordon suggests this particular model because it reclines. The chair, which includes an ottoman, “glides in recline mode,” which is great “when you really want to get comfortable,” as Gordon puts it. The glider ottoman features a flip-out, angled footrest that is ideal for propping up a baby’s knees. It has a customizable solid wood base and is handcrafted in Canada.

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Storkcraft Hoop Glider and Ottoman Set

Gordon recommends this cheaper traditional glider that looks almost identical to the above, much more expensive Dutailier model for those on a tight budget. For the price, you get a gliding ottoman instead of a reclining or swiveling chair. It comes in 19 distinct hues and has handy storage compartments on either side of the armrest.


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Helen Skeates

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