Stationary Chair vs. Glider

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Posted by Rebecca, February 9th, 2012

I hope you guys aren’t going to get sick of nursery posts anytime soon because with a little more than 12 weeks to go, we’re about to kick it into high gear!

From very early on in my pregnancy, I was pretty certain we weren’t going to buy a glider. I had never seen one that worked for me aesthetically and I get motion sickness in even hammocks. Combined with the hefty price tag, I didn’t think it was worth buying something we wouldn’t enjoy.

One day a few months ago, we walked into Ikea and spotted the Ekenas chair.

(via Ikea)

We were both drawn to it and were all like “oooh pretty”! where can we put it! We immediately thought that with it’s gray/brown color, it would be perfect for the nursery (we’re planning on mixing some grays and browns, but that’s for another post). At $299 it is cheaper than most gliders, so we made a mental note and moved along.

Fast forward 5ish months and we’re in Babies R Us. From across the room, I spot a chair that catches my eye. It’s not anything like the other rockers/gliders around it and I bee line to it. Mike agrees that it was a sexy looking chair. Yes, I just used sexy in a post about nursery furniture. Okay and Mike didn’t say it was sexy, those are my words. She was the Lacey Glider by Klaussner Furniture in a dark gray color.

 (via Babies R Us)

I liked the color, but I was uncertain about it in our room. I’m still uncertain about it in our room, but it goes back to the mixing browns and grays post I’ve been meaning to write for a year. It’s a very dark gray (some may call it charcoal, slate, whatever) and does come in 7 other colors, which were no where near as fresh and modern looking as this one. I also wasn’t really sold on the contrast piping that was a little off white. I think if it were a lighter gray and without the piping, I would have been sold from the beginning.

What did sell me was the gliding. This chair is slimmer than the Ikea one so it would take up less space. Plus the ottoman moves with the chair (as it does with most gliders) and this was super appealing to me. In a perfectly designed room, I would just get the chair and pair it with a round, patterned ottoman to offset the square, matchy-matchy ottoman that comes with the set. But most of the appeal of this chair was that MY BODY AND FEET MOVED AT THE SAME TIME!  I tried to think of what would be best for the baby and what we would get most use out of so we can use it for future babies. Oh and the price tag was huge as expected, $399 for the glider and $199 for the ottoman. Once again, the ottoman was a selling point so cutting out that cost wouldn’t really be worth it for me. I left the BRU scratching my head (I learned in a graduate school class that mommies refer to Babies R Us as BRU…and I learned this while I was pregnant and had no clue…I’ll promise I’ll never call it that again…)

Of course when I got home, I did a little googling. Little did I know, that glider has been used in nurseries I have seen and liked… it just never stood out to me like it did in the store.

First, I realized that it was the glider pictured in this photo on Little Baby Garvin, a blog I found from Pinterest because I like to compare my giant belly size to other people…

(via Little Baby Garvin)

She hasn’t yet revealed the full room, but I like the chair paired with pink. No, that’s not hinting anything about the baby’s gender, I said earlier that I want a chair that can be used for all of our babies and is neutral 🙂

Google also led me to this picture from Turning the Tables….

(via Turning the Tables)

How fabulous (and very nicely gender neutral) is this bedding she chose?

(via Turning the Tables)

And then there are a couple of nurseries featured on Project Nursery that have the Lacey glider and prove that it goes well in boys’ rooms as well…

(via Project Nursery)

(via Project Nursery)

I’m still thinking about it, but I think we’re leaning towards getting it. I would cover the lumbar pillow (and possibly the ottoman) with some fabric to make it less of a matchy set. I’m thinking of putting it in one of the corners against our new paneled wall, which will be painted white, so the darkness of the chair won’t be so bad. We’ve been saving our pennies and we’ve been fortunate enough that most of our big nursery expenses have been generously paid for by family members, so splurging on this one big purchase wouldn’t be too bad. And I just read on one of the other blogs that the chair does go on sale and someone got it for $279… not bad at all.

I’ve found so many amazing blogs through designing this nursery and I could seriously get lost in Google for hours. When I’m unsure of something, I Google it and almost always find a small blog with amazing style. This is why I love blogs (and Google for sending me to them)! I am also very thankful to have my own little space here to share my random ramblings and ideas… and for all of you for listening 🙂

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15 Responses to “Stationary Chair vs. Glider”

  1. This nursery planning business sounds hard.

    Decorating a nursery is only 1 of 2 pros for me having spawn right now. I’m glad you’re making me rethink things. 😛

    Cute chair though! It doesn’t scream “GLIDER”.

  2. Kristy says:

    Couldnt imagine life w/out my glider and ottoman. I seriously underestimated its use before having the little guy, which only led us back out on the search for the perfect one when he was a few months old and I couldn’t take it anymore. The 1st one we had wasn’t too comfortable so we then test drove gliders like they were cars lol. I’ve seriously rocked for miles on that thing. Just last week I rocked a special someone in that chair from 2:30-6:30am since it was the only thing that would soothe her. Good luck!

  3. mel says:

    The nursery glider/ottoman was my major splurge and it has gotten plenty of use! Ours locks so in the future it can be a regular chair in our house….major selling point for me.

  4. I really like the more expensive glider. It looks very cozy and still chic at the same time. I’m sure you could put it somewhere else after you’re finished having babies.

    Also, I was a bit weary about grey/brown combos but we have that in our living room (grey walls, brown couch) and I think it works (you can see it here). I think it really depends on the undertones of each color, but it’s totally possible to make it look nice 🙂

  5. Tawny says:

    I love the IKEA chair. It is just what I need for our office.

    If I had a nursery though I would definitely go with the updated glider/ottoman.

    So excited for you!!!

  6. For a nursery I’d definitely go for a glider! And this one is so cute! If you can afford to splurge then go for it!

  7. Lori says:

    That rocker is really nice. I say go for it! As a mom of two, I know you will definitely appreciate having something comfy to rock them to sleep in 🙂

  8. sharon says:

    Hello,

    Stumbled onto your blog by researching modern gliders. I read you found the Lacey Glider by Klaussner in Feb 2012, but when I searched it on the Internet, it doesn’t show that it’s for sale anymore–anywhere! Do you know if this glider became discontinued through BRU? It’s such a sleek, clean design that I’ve seen cost $800 -$1400 for other brands that look similar. I’m so devastated that it is no longer available… I don’t understand how they can discontinue something in such a short amount of time!!! Have you any idea how I can find this glider? My baby is due in 6-8 weeks. LOL… Yep, kinda running short on time! Thanks so much!!! BTW, your blog is great!

    • Rebecca says:

      Hi Sharon! Yes, unfortunately, the glider was discontinued… And very quickly. I had a very hard time finding one just weeks after this post, which you can read about here… http://thelilhousethatcould.com/2012/04/19/have-glider-will-travel/

      I contacted the manufacturer, Klaussner, but never heard back. Not sure if there are any floating around at this point. Maybe try eBay/Craigslist? It might take some time to hunt one down that way, but I’m sure one has to pop up once kids outgrow them!

  9. Nice glider – I like the more modern look as opposed to the more classic fabric and wood that you usually see. Good find!

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  13. Betsy says:

    Thanks for sharing this, I hadn’t seen the options available form Ikea, but as with almost all Ikea products they look amazing and seems like great quality!
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  14. Andrew says:

    That rocker is really nice. I know you will definitely appreciate having something comfy to rock them to sleep in
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