Whether you’re doing night feeds in the nursery, curling up with a good book in the bedroom, or topping up your vitamin D on the patio, a comfy, contemporary rocking chair really hits the spot.

Often overlooked, this is a versatile piece of furniture that offers a relaxing seat separate from the usual living room set-up – and it’s one you’ll end up fighting family members for.

Forget any granny-inspired preconceptions. With a wealth of beautifully made, design-led products to choose from, this occasional chair can be a statement piece in your contemporary living space.

Modern rockers come in all shapes and sizes, so think about where yours is going to go and award it enough room away from the wall to rock. Consider your flooring, too.

Most rocking chairs work best when placed on a carpet or rug for grip, otherwise you may get more movement than you’d hoped for.

And if you’re after a rocking chair to rival your favourite comfy armchair, choose a plush, upholstered number that’s designed for hours of luxurious lounging. Our round-up includes a variety of styles and prices, all chosen for their triumph in form and functionality.

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The verdict: Rocking chairs

Sofa.com’s Rocky armchair is a beautifully made, mid-century modern inspired furniture piece that offers good value for money. We loved its simple, considered design that contrasts the sleek dark wood with the fuss-free upholstered seat. Best is that we were able to choose from a huge range of fabrics and colourways.

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