Asked on Feb 15, 2017

How do I stop my new rocking chair from walking across the room?

Cindy
by Cindy
  10 answers
  • Kathy Tharp Thompson Kathy Tharp Thompson on Feb 15, 2017

    An exorcism?? Sorry!

    • Lynn Lynn on Feb 20, 2017

      Thank you Kathy, for the best laugh I've had in a while!

  • Cindy Cindy on Feb 15, 2017

    Ha! Good one. I like your sense of humor....👻

  • William William on Feb 16, 2017

    DON'T OVER WIND IT. IT'LL NEVER STOP =:) .....

    It happens when if the rockers are loose, or ill fitting then they will move slightly when rocking or when there’s not enough friction between the chair and floor. Turn the rocking chair upside down to allow free access to the rockers. Make sure they are not loose. Hold a piece of cardboard against the outside of one rocker. Trace the outline of the rocker onto the cardboard with a pencil. Hold the cardboard tracing against the inside of the opposite rocker and compare the two profiles. Mark the starting and ending points of the differing radius on the rocker with the higher arc. Rocking chairs require both rockers to have the same profile radius in order to move back and forth in a straight line. When one of the rockers has a higher arc, the chair has a tendency to “walk” in the opposite direction. Reduce the arc of the higher rocker to match the flatter radius with some sandpaper. Compare the rocker’s profile with the cardboard outline every so often so not to sand too much......

    Glue a strip of felt or velvet ribbon onto the bottoms of the rockers. This should stop rocking chairs from sliding around on smooth surfaces, as it creates more friction between the rockers and the floor. Make sure the material you use is evenly spread out over each rocker and that there are no bubbles, otherwise your rocking chair might give you a bumpy ride.

  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Feb 16, 2017

    Good luck!!! I got a nice laugh from the funny answers you got  https://newengland.com/today/living/home-repair-diy/stop-rocking-chairs/

  • Kathy Conley Kathy Conley on Feb 16, 2017

    I was thinking maybe you could use those little rubber bumpers the rails to help keep it in one spot.

  • Chatycms Chatycms on Feb 17, 2017

    I bought a cheap dollar store scatter mat and put it under the rocking chair. Problem solved.

  • Cindy Cindy on Feb 20, 2017

    Well, after much thought...I've decided that Comment #1 would definitely be the easiest. And possibly the most interesting. We did switch the rockers to see if that helped and it may have helped, but just a little. I had a low pile rug under it and that did nothing. I have a funky rug that has quite a bit of texture/pile to it and that's where we're at now. I am still leaving Comment #1 up for consideration!!

  • Carey Carey on Feb 21, 2017

    When I was a kid we had a rocker that walked across the floor. We never did figure out how to stop it, so it was a repeated moving the chair back in place. One time, a neighbor brought a big miller (I call them Hummingbird millers) to me and I kept it in the house. We had it for weeks and we all enjoyed the little critter. One day, it sat on the floor by Dad's rocking chair and accidentally got rocked on! Moral of the story, watch out for those tiny pets that they don't get under a creepy rocker! : )

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    • Cindy Cindy on Feb 21, 2017

      Ahhh, poor little critter . Don't have any household critters anymore so no worries there. Definitely a constant routine of returning the chair to the original location. But, it could be worse....Could have a pool of rocker kill next to my foot!

  • Mike Hollar Mike Hollar on Feb 22, 2017

    Take a piece of rubber about one quarter of an inch thick and one foot long and glue it to the bottom of the rocker on both sides, it should stop the scooting.


  • Rita Rita on May 21, 2019

    Wrapped a heavier rubber band, several times, around each leg of rocker. No more "walking".