One of my sweet readers posted on my facebook page a few days ago with this question:
I am 6 months pregnant. I have a pretty clear idea of what I want to do in the room but I am having a really hard time finding a cute, comfortable and reasonably priced chair. I would like it to be modern and possibly a rocker but not one of those gliders. Do you have any recommendations for where I could look?
Congratulations to Jaclyn and her hubby! I do indeed have several ideas of where they could look for a chair or rocker for their nursery.
1. Overstock.com. This is a great resource for few pieces at a discount, and several popular styles as a knock-off. Shipping to you is cheap, but return shipping is NOT, so be sure before you buy!
2. Target. Look beyond the baby section! A slipper chair could be a good option with a low throw pillow for some back support for mama. Online the selection is better, and you'll find a lot of options under $150.
3. Craigslist. I know you're cutting it close(ish), but I bet with a week of dedicated searching you could find the perfect thing. Try keyword searches for rocker, chair, rocking chair, glider, nursery chair, upholstered chair, vintage chair, etc. Give it a good cleaning (use a steamer to disinfect any upholstery) and you're good to go. You might also want to have it reupholstered, but that may run a few hundred dollars (but if you get the perfect chair at a steal, it might be worth it).
4. Yard sales, consignment shops, and friends. Pretty self-explanatory.
5. Under the radar big-stores. Think Sears, JCPenney, Kohls... a lot of the selection can be less than stylish, but oftentimes they have one or two great pieces that are still priced fairly.
5. If you're willing to spend a little more (say, $500+), pick out a great neutral chair that is well made and really comfortable. Try places like Crate and Barrel and Pottery Barn. The reason I include this is to encourage you think picture the chair in your home in a few years, where it might be in the child's room, a new nursery, or even in the living room. Choosing a practical and neutral chair of better quality than Target or a discount store could mean that the chair is with you for longer, increasing its value overtime.
Best of luck to you, Jaclyn!
Photo from Young House Love - they found their nursery chair at a vintage shop for $20!