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6 Free DIY Child Rocking Chair Plans You Can Make Today

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Child Rocking Chair

Whether they are your kid or grandkid, a great present for children is a rocking chair! These 6 DIY chairs are small in size, but will receive big smiles from kids!

The designs below feature some whimsical plans, some simple, but all prioritize making a chair that kids will love.

1. Nail-less Screwless Child’s Rocking Chair from Instructables.com

Nail-less Screwless Child’s Rocking Chair from Instructables

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This Nail-less, Screwless Child’s Rocking Chair not only requires a small amount of materials to make, but also the instructions for it are super easy to follow, making this the perfect project for woodworking beginners. Not only will you love how easy it is-your kids will love using it!

Skill Level: Beginner

Materials: Plywood Board

Tools: Saw, Sander, Pencil, Tape Measure, Drill

  • Tip: This rocking chair is totally safe-even if your kids looks like they might fall over, don’t worry, they won’t!

2. Old-Fashioned Rocker from TheWoodcrafter.net 

Old-Fashioned Rocker from TheWoodcrafter

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This Old-Fashioned Rocker plan is perfect for all kid s- the instructions supply alterations based on your kid’s age. There is a handy chart included, some images for what the final product should look like, and some quick instructions. Keep in mind, this is not a beginner project.

Skill Level: Advanced

Materials: Wood, Screws

Tools: Drill, Pencil, Tape Measure, Sander, Saw

  • Tip: This job takes about 85 hours!

3. Colorful Kid’s Rocking Chair from Instructables.com

Colorful Kid’s Rocking Chair from Instructables

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This Colorful Kid’s Rocking Chair is customizable, and transportable- you can conveniently collapse it for travel, shipping, or storage. This simple design is made from five pieces of wood and held together by two tension bolts, making it a perfect, easy project for any intermediate woodworkers.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials: Plywood Sheets, Paint, Clear Lacquer, Scrap Cardboard, Threaded Rod, Treat Cap Nuts, Threaded Hex Nut

Tools: Table Saw, Chop Saw, Router, Roundover Bit, Router Bit, Jigsaw, Printer, Rotary Tool, Metal Cutting Bit, Allen Key

  • Tip: The trailing rocking edge insures that even vigorous rocking won’t tip this chair over! Make it a little bigger than your kid so that it can last for years as they grow.

4. Small and Simple Rocking Chair from Myoutdoorplans.com  

Small and Simple Rocking Chair from Myoutdoorplans.

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This Small and Simple Rocking Chair is perfect for kids, and easy to build, with a clean-cut design that can match any style- indoors or on a porch. This chair has a high back, and is similar to traditional chairs, minus the rocking element added at the bottom.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials: Lumber, Screws, Brad Nails, Glue, Wood Stain, Paint

Tools: Hammer, Tape Measure, Framing Square, Level, Milter Saw, Drill Machinery, Screwdriver, Sander

  • Tip: You can use any lumber to build this chair but keep in mind that if you want it to last, invest in high quality lumber, like redwood, cedar, or pine.

5. Teddy Bear Rocking Chair from the Bryan Brothers

This Teddy Bear Rocking Chair is perfect for young children! Not only will they love the adorable design, and rocking motion, it will also fit toddlers perfectly!

Skill Level: Advanced

Materials: Lumber, Wood Glue, Wood Finish

Tools: Scroll Saw, Pencil, Tape Measure, Band Saw, Printer, Sander, Clamps, Drill

  • Tip: The wood that is recommended to use for this chair is pine; however, you can use whatever one you think will suit the project best.

6. Solid Child’s Rocking Chair from SCWD.us

Solid Child’s Rocking Chair from SCWD

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This Solid Child’s Rocking Chair is easy to make, with a simple, intuitive customizable design. Some background on the chair, images, and a easy-to-follow video are all provided. If made correctly, this chair will last through many, many uses by your children! 

Skill Level: Intermediate  

Materials: Studs, Wooden Dowels, Wood Glue

Tools: Pencil, Triangle Ruler, Sander, Drill, Saw, Hammer, Clamp

  • Tip: To add more fun to this chair, consider painting it after you construct it! Either one color, many, or even a design!

Featured Image Credit: ArtTower, Pixabay

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Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!