6 Ways to Spruce Up Your Patio Rocking Chair

6 Ways to Spruce Up Your Patio Rocking Chair

You have invested hundreds to thousands of dollars in your patio set. After taking care of each piece of furniture, everything is holding up well. You don’t want to replace good standing patio furniture, but you want to change the look of your space. Sometimes you need to spruce up your patio without buying new furniture. 

Your patio rocking chair is a standout item that transforms your backyard into a cozy space. With proper care, it can be passed down between generations. Luckily, there are some ways you can spruce it up when your style changes.  Let’s dive in!

How To Restyle Your Rocking Chair 

yellow patio rocking chair

Transform your living space to look new again. We’ve outlined seven unique ways to spruce up your rocking chair. Whether you want to commit to a permanent style change or stick with something temporary, we have options for you. 

Thoroughly Clean 

Maybe you don't need to completely change the look of your rocking chair. Instead, maybe it just needs a good thorough clean to bring out the furniture piece's natural luster again. Over time, your rocking chair will accumulate dust and debris. This can make it look dated and dull. Instead of committing to a full makeover of your rocking chair, begin by cleaning it. 

For plastic and metal furniture, create a dish soap and water solution. Use a soft sponge or microfiber cloth to scrub away dust and debris gently. For wood furniture, use oil soap directly on the furniture to bring back its natural shine. 

For white furniture, vinegar will bring back its natural luster. 

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Spray Paint 

A question that our customers ask us all of the time is, “Can I spray paint my patio rocking chair?” 

The answer is: It depends on the material of your patio furniture and your desired look. For example, if you have a metal rocking chair, you can spray paint to it. Purchase a specific metal spray paint, such as Rust-Oleum, that's designed to adhere to metal surfaces. 

If you have a wood rocking chair and want an opaque finished product, you can spray paint to it as well. Choose from a variety of different finishes and colors. For a more airy and bright look, choose white. For a moody, edgy look, choose black or titanium. 

You can also opt for a bright color for an attention-grabbing feature chair. 

We don’t recommend spray painting plastic. 


Do you have a wood rocking chair that you want to redesign? A stain is an excellent option that provides a gorgeous finish. You can still have the natural wood peek through with wood stain. Choose from several different stain color options such as gray, maple, chestnut, ebony, walnut, and more.

How to apply stain:

  • Dampen the wood with a wet cloth to raise the grain 
  • Allow the wood to dry
  • Sand wood surface with a sanding block or sandpaper 
  • Use a damp cloth to remove excess dust 
  • Stir stain thoroughly
  • Dip a damp cloth into the stain
  • Swipe thin layers of stain on wood
  • Use a clean rag to wipe away the excess stain 

New Cushions or Throw Pillows 

throw pillow in green color

Sometimes you can’t commit to a permanent stylistic change. When that happens, add in some new cushions or throw pillows. These are awesome ways to add in some visual interest without the commitment of paint or stain. 

Cushions can be custom-made to fit your rocking chair. Throw pillows are an interchangeable and inexpensive option that can be switched out anytime. Using a variety of colors and textures adds visual interest to any space. 

If you’re looking for a tropical theme, choose cushions or pillows with palm trees. For a more elevated, cozy look, find cable-knit neutral colors that add texture to space. 

When you’re not using your throw pillows, put them in a basket or bin to keep them in better shape for longer. Keep them out of direct sunlight to avoid sun bleaching of the colors. Clean periodically with a vinegar solution to avoid mildew buildup. 

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Add an Ottoman or Pouf 

Hit two birds with one stone. By adding an ottoman or pouf, you're restyling your patio rocking chair and adding additional seating. Ottomans are both functional and stylish. Choose between rocking ottomans or stationary ottomans. You can find one that matches your rocking chair or purchase a complementary one for added visual interest. 

Adding an ottoman or pouf will bring an element of elevation to your outdoor living space. Choose outdoor options that are water-resistant and are heavy to withstand outdoor weather. 

Browns, beiges, and neutral colors are perfect for the outdoors. Style your ottoman or pouf with a throw blanket for added texture. 


reposition of patio rocking chair

Sometimes it’s as easy as a little repositioning. No need to commit to long-term options like a stain or paint when you can remodel your backyard. Make your rocking chair the focal point of your outdoor living space. Consider positioning it by a faux or real tree for a comfortable place to read or drink coffee. 

Have your rocking chair be the focal point by being the first thing people see when they walk into the backyard. When decorating, consider what you’ll be doing when using your rocking chair. Will it be a reading nook? Do you want to drink your morning coffee there? Where will the sun hit at that time of day?

This will help with transforming the backyard into a comfortable and usable extension of the home. Sometimes you don’t need to spruce up your space in a big way. Little changes can make a huge difference. 

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Voila! Your patio rocking chair should be a place of refuge and relaxation. Wanting to change your style periodically is normal. You don’t have to invest in new patio furniture every time you want a change of decor. 

After feeling tired of your existing patio furniture, you now have some actionable ways to transform your outdoor living space into a place that feels like new. If you don’t feel like repurposing your existing furniture, and instead want to buy a new rocking chair, shop our selection for the perfect addition to your outdoor living space. 

Whether you feel like painting or making small, short-term commitments, you can spruce up your backyard to be a comfortable, exciting place that feels like new. Pick up your dream rocking chair today.