Home renovation has become big business in recent years, as many people settle on renovating and redecorating their homes instead of selling up and moving on in today’s turbulent financial times. As people’s styles and tastes can change dramatically over the years, this can be a great time to update your home with new décor and furniture that’s more in keeping with how you live your life these days.
New items of furniture arrive on the market every year, and it’s only natural for people to want to upgrade and move with the times. There has been one item that has remained very popular for over two hundred years, though, and still outsells many other styles of chairs for the home. The rocking chair first burst onto the scenes in the latter part of the eighteenth century, and was originally regarded as a symbol of status for rich and noble families to have on display in their homes. It used to be the case that the more intricate and beautiful the design, the better off the family was. As manufacturing techniques developed during the industrial age, it became easier to mass produce these chairs meaning that they became affordable for everyone to have, and they have been popular ever since. They are perfect for using to relax by a fire, out on the porch on a fine summers evening, or in a nursery to comfort a crying child back to sleep – whatever their use, rocking chairs have become a well loved fixture in many homes and can symbolise far more than just a comfortable chair to some.
Its days as the favourite refuge for comfort could be numbered, though, as a new chair is gaining a strong name for being the most comfortable place that you can sit. The zero gravity chair was originally designed as a training device for NASA, so that trainee astronauts could experience the sensation of sitting in the shuttle at take-off. The chair reclines you so far back that you’re practically horizontal, and by sitting in this position the effects of gravity are negated from pushing down through the spine and forcing the vertebra together. This is what makes this chair so incredibly comfortable, and makes it the perfect place for anyone who suffers with back trouble to sit. In fact, the therapeutic benefits are so great that many physiotherapists and chiropractors recommend them to their clients. The zero gravity chair looks the part too – it’s available in a range of sleek modern materials and a wide variety of finishes, meaning that there will almost certainly be a chair that will fit in your home. Chairs are available as manual recliners or, for that added touch of luxury, with an electric motor that will recline you at the touch of a button.
So as with everything in life, design moves on and old favourites become replaced and retired… with the zero gravity chair gaining such a great reputation it might not be long until it not only takes the place of the rocking chair, but also dominates the market for a long time to come.