IKEA Hack: Strandmon Rocker {DIY Wingback Rocking Chair}


Today’s post brings me great pleasure to share!  It’s a secret project I’ve been working on since I was 7 weeks pregnant.

It is my first DIY project for baby Crowder.  (First person to come up with a solid nickname for the IBK Fetus gets a prize!)  I’ve always been in love with wingback rockers.  But dang gina.  You might as well trade your first born child for one, and then, what’s the point?!  haha.  The rocker on the left came from Nurseryworks, and the rocker on the right is from Pottery Barn Kids.

DIY Wingback RockerAnd then, it hit me hard like my pregnant emotions during country music.  I could EASILY make my own wingback rocker.  All I would need to do is find a wingback chair, and some rocking chair runners.  It was so simple.  I thought “surely, this has been done a million times.”  But I googled it hard, and didn’t find anything on the matter.  (But in the Internet’s defense, my googling skillz are weak like a teenage girl at a One Direction concert.)

We picked up the Strandmon Wingback chair from IKEA, for $279.

I looked online and found a place that sells unfinished wood rocking chair runners.  I order a pair of adult large in maple.

Ikea Strandmon Hack into wingback rocker

We measured where we would need to drill holes for the legs to attach to the runners.

The holes need to be 1&1/8″ in diameter.  The center of that hole needs to be 7 1/2″ in from each end.  The hole needs to be 3/4″ deep.

**DISCLAIMER** Double check those measurements by holding up your runners to the legs of the chair to make sure it ‘dry fits.’  It has been brought to my attention that there is variation in the legs of the Strandmon, and my measurements might not be a perfect fit for your chair. 

We used the drill press at my parents’ house.  But if you have a cordless drill, you can use a forstner bit to drill the same kind of hole.

Ikea Strandmon Hack into wingback rocker

Ikea Strandmon Hack into wingback rocker

My two favorite men!  I spent countless hours in this shop, learning the ways of woodworking and DIY from a great teacher.

Ikea Strandmon Hack into wingback rocker

We brought the runners home and fitted them to the chair.  Fit like a glove.

Ikea Strandmon Hack into wingback rocker

Ikea Strandmon Hack into wingback rocker

Now we had to match the runners to the legs of the chair.  Instead of painting the runners, I thought it would look better if we stained them black.

I will admit, I did help with staining.  BUT I was very careful to not get it on me (and when I did, I scrubbed it right off), and we had all the windows open, with a fan going.  Please don’t judge!!  Aaron did most of the staining.

Ikea Strandmon Hack into wingback rocker

The wood was so blond, it took several coats.  This is how thin it still looked after the first coat.

Ikea Strandmon Hack into wingback rocker

Ikea Strandmon Hack into wingback rocker

Several coats later, it was looking like a dead match to the legs of the Strandmon.  We used a matte poly finish.  I love this poly.  It is finger-print-proof.  And it has a soft touch.  I don’t know how to explain it, but it is magical.  Buy it and try it.

Ikea Strandmon Hack into wingback rocker

Ikea Strandmon Hack into wingback rocker

After they were dry, it was just a matter of attaching the runners to the chair.

We put the runners in place, and drilled a skinny little pilot hole to make sure the wood didn’t crack when we put the screws in.

Ikea Strandmon Hack into wingback rocker

Let’s take a minute to talk about how much Buster loves the chair being upside down.  Here’s a montage of Buster in his fort, on several different days.  Ready, go:

Ikea Strandmon Hack into wingback rocker

Ikea Strandmon Hack into wingback rocker

Ikea Strandmon Hack into wingback rocker

Ikea Strandmon Hack into wingback rocker

Now that your heart is sufficiently melted, we can get back to the real work.

Then we switched out for a bigger drill bit to make a hole (not all the way down! Just slightly below the surface) the same size of the screw head to counter sink the screw.

Ikea Strandmon Hack into wingback rocker

Then we sanded the bottoms of the feet, and coated the holes in the runners with wood glue.

Ikea Strandmon Hack into wingback rocker

Ikea Strandmon Hack into wingback rocker

After we put the runners in place, with the wood glue, we use spax screws and secured the runners.

Ikea Strandmon Hack into wingback rocker

We filled the holes with black wood putty.

Ikea Strandmon Hack into wingback rocker

Ikea Strandmon Hack into wingback rocker

And now, it’s ready to rock.  And let me tell you, it rocks like you wouldn’t believe.  It’s probably as good as Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon.  Or when Adele came out of the womb singing her feelings.  You sit in this chair, and you just have a good feeling about life.

Ikea Strandmon Hack into wingback rocker

Ikea Strandmon Hack into wingback rocker

Ikea Strandmon Hack into wingback rocker

There is no real “skill level” required for this project.  It’s just about taking the time to measure.  No major tools are required.  The simplicity of this project blows me away.  This is a DIY project the average person can easily take on.  The result is incredible and classy.

Ikea Strandmon Hack into wingback rocker

And for a little designing on a dime and high/low comparing:

Ikea Strandmon Hack into wingback rocker

And if you really love this project, please think about pinning it.  Thank you!

Ikea Strandmon Hack into wingback rocker

For your pinning sake, here are a few more images to choose from 🙂

DIY Wingback Rocker

DIY Wingback Rocker

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  • Ainhoa

    I love this chair and I love how you hacked it! Great job!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Ainhoa! You are a gem!

      • The holes need to be 1&1/8″ in diameter. The center of that hole needs to be 7 1/2″ in from each end. The hole needs to be 3/4″ deep.

      • The holes need to be 1&1/8″ in diameter. The center of that hole needs to be 7 1/2″ in from each end. The hole needs to be 3/4″ deep.

  • Vanlun

    That is awesome! How your sweet baby is going to enjoy the rocker. : )
    Great idea!

    • Kenz

      Thank Vanessa! I’m so excited to rock this baby!

  • Emma (Broke Ass Home)

    I love absolutely every single thing about this and really wish I’d thought of it. If I didn’t already own a rocker I would be all over this. Hell, I might anyway because this is amazing.

    • Kenz

      Do it!!!!

  • Emma (Broke Ass Home)

    Also, omfg buster.

    • Kenz

      Freaking Buster. I could squish him, I love him so much.

  • SImply Sarah

    LOVE IT! I myself have totally always wondered why more people didn’t DIY these!!! And now you have…and not only that but an IKEA hack!? fabulous. I am totes jelly that we don’t have an IKEA. The closest is about 10 hours away BOO!

    Either way, thanks for the source on the unfinished runners. When we have a kiddo, I’ll probably be ordering a pair myself to DIY my own rocker.

    ROCK ON, lady! hahaha!

    • Kenz

      TEN HOURS AWAY FROM IKEA?! Oh my gosh I would DIE! At least there is online shopping 🙂

      • SImply Sarah

        Well the online shopping is a joke with IKEA! For instance, I just went and put this chair in my cart and went to checkout. I put in my zip code and guess how much shipping is??? $299 FOR SHIPPING ONLY! Ridiculous!

        • Kenz

          WHAT! That’s a joke. No way. We need to lobby for lower Ikea shipping prices!

  • Stephanie, Sandpaper and Glue

    you did an unbelievably amazing job on this chair. and i love buster. and you.
    but seriously, this is great and you should be really proud of yourself 🙂

    • Kenz

      Thanks Love! Isn’t Buster the freaking cutest? I can’t get enough of him.

  • Wowza, lady! That’s an amazing hack! I, too, was brought to gag-worthy shock when I saw the prices of boutique nursery items. $300 for baby bedding – when mine is half that price? Wha….??!?!?

    Your rocker is gorgeous. I can’t wait to see how the nursery is put together. And also – your dad has a helluva shop there, ma’am. No wonder you ended up so DIY-fab!

    • Kenz

      It is ridiculous how expensive baby junk is. It makes me larf. Dude, my dad’s shop is great! You would go crazy in there 🙂

  • Katja @ Shift Ctrl ART

    You are a freakin’ genius and that’s just all there is to say about that. This is just fantastic. I love it!!! Rock on! ha ha 🙂

    • Kenz

      hahaha Thanks Katja! 🙂

  • H

    I have been reupholstering 3 wingback chairs (very very slowly..it’s ridiculous) and I wanted to make one a rocker for a (future) nursery. THANK you for this tutorial!!!

    • Kenz

      Hi H! that is so amazing that you have the patience to reupholster. I definitely do not! Let me know when you turn them into rockers! I want to see 🙂 It wasn’t hard at all.

  • Rachel

    Amazing! I never would have thought about something like this. Great work, Kenz!

    • Kenz

      Thanks so much Rachel!

  • TracieOB

    You are ever so clever!!!! What a great idea. And I like it BETTER than the $900 one. Wow! How about Baby Awesome because you are such an awesome diy-er 🙂

    • Kenz

      Thanks TracieOB! I love that, “Baby Awesome!” haha, so rad!

  • Amber @ Wills Casa

    Super cute! We splurged on our glider, and it really wasn’t worth it. You’re already a better parent! I’m working on that nickname. I will win that prize! 🙂

    • Kenz

      I can’t wait to see what nickname you come up with! I hope it’s outrageous 🙂

  • That is amazing. YOU are amazing! Love the Strandmon chair. Perfect! Umm….I had something else to say. hmm….oh! yeah, I stained and spray painted the crap out of stuff when I was pregnant, and my baby is PERFECT. So there you go–anecdotal evidence from the internet–what more do you need? 😉

    • Kenz

      Gretchen! That makes me feel so much better. When I posted that picture on instagram, the whole world freaked out at me, and I felt like such a bad mom. Thanks for telling me I don’t suck! I adore you.

  • anne @ wit wisdom and food

    That is clever. You will be the hero of so many handy pregnant women. I hope you are emailing this off to other places it should be featured everywhere!

    • Kenz

      Hi Anne! You’re great. I’m hardly a hero. I basically had the vision, but did very little to help, other than take pictures and write. I’m glad my dad and Aaron were happy to step in and see it through 🙂

  • Bethany Kline

    Kenz….. like…. seriously. I am so amazed by this right now! This was a freaking brilliant idea! now I have to go on a hunt for some super Bad-buns chair to do this to!! <3 it! more baby projects!

    Also just as an aside, when we got our first ultrasound for Bunny I was only 8 weeks, I told Elliott i was a little bummed because they don't look like babies at 8 weeks…. they look like dinosaurs. and thusly Gracie's in utero nickname was coined. She was our "baby dinosaur". We called her that my whole pregnancy and when we went to pick up Tristan after she was born he looked so confused because she was not ACTUALLY a dinosaur. lol! So just an idea, if you want to also have a baby dinosaur, then I would be honored to lend you the title. hahahaha

    <3 you girl, I hope you are feeling awesome and glowy!

    • Kenz

      hahahaha that is hilarious! “What?! She isn’t a dinosaur?!” I can just imagine his devastation. You are wonderful 🙂 xoxo

  • Diana Walters

    Kenz, sweet heavens I am loving this project! How brilliant are you!?! Crazy talk! I think you should call your fetus “Cousin It” from the Adaams family…. just cause that’s what I prolly would’ve called my bump if I had been that lucky. Best of luck in your endeavors and keep the ideas rolling

    • Kenz

      haha, Cousin It! I really hope our baby isn’t that hairy. But considering who its parents are, it’s a good possibility. Thanks for stopping by Diana!

  • Kenz (and Aaron!) – you’re amazing! Such a good IKEA Hack! I have zero need for a rocker but I might just make one anyone because this DIY is so good! Baby Crowder thanks you in advance 🙂

    • Kenz

      Thanks Caitlin! I’m glad baby C is appreciative. I always get worried about its lack of gratitude!

  • LOVE THIS!!!!!! Keeping it in mind for when I have a need for a nursery. Pinned!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Diane! That means a lot 🙂

    • Daniel Crowder

      As a dude, I’m gunna have to say that this kind of thing would be way cool for any occasion. Because Srsly, when can you lean back a wingback chair? Only when it’s on rocker runners.

      • Kenz

        Yeah DB! Let’s make one for you! You’d love it!

  • Katie

    This is FANTASTIC. I hope you’re currently sitting in this chair, rocking back and forth with a smug smile of satisfaction, thinking about how beautiful it looks! 🙂 xx

    • Kenz

      It’s true. I’m not in it at this moment. But I often sit in it and try to rock Indy and Buster. They hate it. Lol. 🙂

  • Michelle

    You, my friend, are a genius. This is adorable.

    • Kenz

      Oh shoot. You’re making me blush. Thanks 🙂

  • Sarah Ryan

    You are a genius. FACT! I completely need one of these in my life. Swap you for a birthday present cake? 😉

    • Kenz

      Deal! You have until September to make me one!!!

      • Sarah Ryan


  • Henriette

    As I said earlier, this is brilliant. So easy and it looks like the runners have been there forever. YOU are brilliant!

    • Kenz

      Thanks cutie! I am excited to see what kinds of things YOU do for your nursery 🙂

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  • Deb @ India pied-à-terre

    Really nice IKEA hack!! But of course it’s a soft dog house, not a chair! That reminds me of when we pulled up carpeting in the basement and rolled it up. Good thing we looked in the roll before carrying it outside. There was a cat in there! Your chair looks very comfortable for humans too.

    • Kenz

      Hi Deb! haha, thank you 🙂 It is indeed a soft dog house! The pups love it. That’s hilarious that your cat was in the carpet. lol. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Ashley

    LOVE it. Seriously love it. Don’t know why I didn’t think of that… because, I guess, I’m not a genius like you! I was so sad when I had my twins not to have a rocker… next babe for sure.

    • Kenz

      Thanks Ashley! You should definitely make one for your next bundle 🙂 It wasn’t hard at all!

  • ereader2012

    Saw this great Wing Chair at IKEA and was tempted. But like many of their chairs it seemed a bit low. These rockers will make it the perfect height. Love your detailed instructions. Also fell in love with Buster and his “fort” photos. Thanks!

    BTW – I posted a link to this on Google+ (I’m not on Pinterest)

    • Kenz

      Thank you so much! The runners really do make it the right height! Isn’t Buster the sweetest? Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

  • Johanna

    This is very nice! I hope I could find a place in my country to buy these “universal” rocker runners.

    • Kenz

      Hi Johanna! I just ordered them online! Hopefully you can buy them on the internet instead of trying to find a pair at a shop.

  • Pat K.

    Thanks so much for this and the laughs! You are a HOOT, Gurl!!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Pat K! Come by any time!

  • dlp100

    Oh.My.God. I bought this chair for a nursery and was going to attempt a diy by attaching a swivel mechanism, but I’m so glad to have found your blog entry! One question…the legs are not the same diameter top and bottom…I’m afraid with the rocking legs the thing will break..how do you feel it? Is it pretty sturdy while in motion?

    • Kenz

      It is incredibly sturdy! We reinforced the legs with Spax screws, and there is no wobbling at all. We love it! I have seen those swivel mechanisms, and am curious about them! If you use it, you’ll have to come back and let us know how it turns out.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Lisa L Russo

    I love LOVE this DIY project! Your instructions are great. I don’t have a drill press, so I would need to get a forstner bit. The question is: what size bit should I purchase? Thanks! Can’t wait to get started on this project!

    • Kenz

      You would want a 1 1/8″ size bit. Good luck! I hope it turns out well for you! Be sure to send me pictures 🙂

  • megan

    Hello, is there a difference between the oak and maple leg runners?

    • Kenz

      Hi Megan, thanks for stopping by! I’m not sure if it would make a difference. There isn’t too much of a difference between the two. It’s personal preference. I like Maple better because of the grain and color. It doesn’t really matter in this project though if you plan on staining the runners black, like I did.

  • Sara

    *discovered* you through Sawdust n Embryos today and am 100% in love. I bought a wing chair at our lovely Goodwill a couple months ago and have been staring at it, wondering how to corrupt it. I mean improve it. Thanks for the idea!

    • Kenz

      Hi Sara! Thank you! You could definitely turn it into a rocker. Gotta love those Goodwill steals 🙂 Send me a picture!

  • Sarah

    AAHHHHHHH!!!!! I just came across your blog in a google search for turning the Strandmon into a rocker… This seriously just saved me!!! I fell in love with the Strandmon before I got pregnant when it was on the cover of the Ikea catalog, but I have been obsessing over the stupid $500-$1100 wingback rockers for our nursery and they’re just not in the budget. (duh) But I was getting so depressed about the ugly gliders that ARE in our price range. And then the heavens opened up and this DIY showed up on my computer screen! We are getting our supplies and starting this project ASAP!!! I can’t WAIT!!! Thank you so much for being such a genius!

    • Kenz

      This makes me so happy! I’m glad I’m not the only one out there who fell in love with the Strandmon on the cover when it wasn’t available for sale! It is seriously an amazing rocker. Good luck! Be sure to send pictures when yours is done. I’d love to see it! 🙂

      • Sarah

        Question… we got a little bit delayed on this project, and in that time, decided to use a chair that we already have. So, obviously with a different chair, we probably need different measurements for the holes for the legs of the chair. How did you figure out the spacing for the holes?

        • Kenz

          What we did was measure the distance from the front and back legs on the chair itself, then transferred that onto the runners. With rocking chairs, some people like the chair centered on the runners, and some people prefer it closer to the front. It’s just preference. If I were you, I would kind of set the chair on the runners before drilling the holes to see which way you like better. Google some rocking chair pictures and get a good picture of what it looks like to have the chair centered, or to have it slightly forward. Ours is centered, and it works great. But it’s really up to you!

  • John

    This is great! I plan on doing it using the navy blue Strandmon for our first baby coming May 4th! Thank you for posting this!
    Just curious, how well are the legs and everything holding up? Don’t know if the pressure on them would be any different than normal. I am assuming they are fine, but wanted to ask.

    • Kenz

      Hi John! Congrats on your baby 🙂 This would be lovely with the blue Strandmon. You’ll have to send in pictures. I’d love to see it! The legs and runners are holding up great. Lots and lots of rocking 🙂

  • Sean

    Hi Kenz! Thanks so much for posting this!! Do you happen to recall what size Spax screws that you used?

    • Kenz

      Hi Sean! They were 1 5/8″
      Hope that helps!

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  • Nicole Boenigk

    Is the chair as comfortable as it is awesome???

    • Kenz

      Oh my gosh YES! This chair is the most amazing thing!

  • Kim

    This is literally AMAZING. I was in love with that Pottery Barn Wingback rocker but couldn’t believe how expensive it was. After searching Craigslist daily to no avail, this seems like a no-brainer! Thank you thank you!!

    • Kenz

      You are welcome! Good luck! I hope you’re able to make it work for you 🙂

  • Mark

    You the man! Turning my late grandfathers chair into a rocker for my wife who is expecting. Thank you for the links within your tutorial.

    • Mark

      wait – maybe you’re not a/the man?? Was thrown off by pictures, but then read name after posting. Either way, thank you. 🙂

      • Kenz

        hahahaha! 🙂

    • Kenz

      Great idea! You should definitely send us pictures! And Aaron definitely is the man 🙂

  • Hayley

    I LOVE YOU! We have the same track mind! What was I searching you ask? “Turning any chair into a rocker” oh what? Amazing! Totally doing this now!

    • Kenz

      SAME MIND! haha, You’re great Hayley! Good luck with your project. Send me pictures of your rocker when you’re done. I want to seeeee!

  • Holly

    Did you have to drill the holes at a certain angle since the chair legs are meant to go on a flat surface and you’re attaching them to curved runners? I’m going to do this chair! I’ve loved this chair since I saw it in the store and have been trying to find ways to make it into a rocker. I was so excited when I found your post and how easy it is! I work at a wood shop luckily and they have a drill press I can use, I just need to order the legs and get started! They’re backordered (probably due to your awesome DIY!)

    • Kenz

      Actually, we didn’t drill them on an angle. We drilled straight down, and it worked perfectly. I’m glad you have access to the drill press. I’m excited for you to do this project. Just make sure to take your time and double check your measurements. Good luck!!

  • Just a warning to your readers that they should measure the distance between the legs on the left and right sides of the chair rather than relying on the recommended 7-1/2″ in from the ends of the runner. The Strandmon we bought had nearly 1/2″ difference in distance between the legs on the left vs the legs on the right side.

    • Kenz

      Good to know! I had no idea of the variation with the Strandmon. Thanks for the heads up 🙂

  • Amanda Judd

    I just purchased a super cute vintage chair and plan to do this! Did you have issues with the runners being too short in the back? I worry that it may tip.

    • Kenz

      We haven’t had any issues with the runners whatsoever. The chair is perfectly balanced, and SO comfortable. Everyone who sits in it never wants to get out 🙂

  • PersiaLou

    Well… Apparently I am just spending all day reading and pinning all of your posts. Couldn’t not comment on this one. I thought about buying this chair for my son’s nursery but was short on money for a new chair and also thought, “well, I really want a rocker.” I OBVIOUSLY lack your master-level hacking skills. Holy Moly love this idea so much. Absolutely pinned and I a going to have to revisit this whole chair thing FOR SURE.

    • Kenz

      You definitely should! This chair is almost the best thing to happen in my life! haha…. okay, after ice cream. But in all honesty, it is a perfect rocking chair. I’ve rocked my niece in it for a bit, and I am SO excited to rock our little girl. I just wish she would hurry up and get here!

  • Jacky Tweedie

    Did you put this on IKEAhackers? Looks great

    • Kenz

      Hi Jacky! You know, I did… but it ended up getting removed. Not sure why! BUt thank you 🙂 It’s as comfortable as it is beautiful.

  • Nicole

    This is brilliant! I’ve been searing for a modern rocker that didn’t cost a fortune… now I need to see if my handy father-in-law needs a project… 😉

    • Kenz

      Yes! You won’t be disappointed!

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  • This is the best Ikea hack. Ever. For real. AMAZING!

    • Kenz

      Oh thank you! Good thing it was the easiest hack too 🙂

  • Carolyn

    Brilliant! I was already a fan of the Strandmon, and you’ve just made a good thing even better.

    • Kenz

      Thanks Carolyn! I feel the same way! I’ve always been a HUGE fan of the Strandmon. It’s such a great chair.

  • Kate

    I love this idea. Is it comfortable?

    • Kenz

      It is SO comfortable. I rock in it every single day. I love it. I honestly think it’s one of the best projects we’ve ever done.

  • Sarah C.

    How has this held up over time? Any issues with the new legs/rockers supporting the chair? I’m in love with the strandmon chair and want it really badly for our nursery but have been super torn because it doesn’t rock! This would be perfect but my husband, the son of a carpenter, took a glance and said he had concerns that because the chair wasn’t designed to displace weight in a rocking motion, it might fall apart without additional crossbar support on the new legs. What did you guys learn about the support needed as you completed the project, etc? Any help appreciated!!! I’m super excited!

    • Kenz

      Hi Sarah! The chair has held up perfectly. I rock our baby on it multiple times a day. It’s not wobbly or weak in the slightest. We haven’t had a single issue with the legs supporting the chair. If you had concerns, you could definitely come up with a way to reinforce the legs. If your husband thinks of something and finds a way, let us know! I’d love to share it. Good luck!

  • Jess

    I have been stressing out about this ALL DAY. Looking for a rocker or glider attractive enough for my living room and within budget, finding nothing. I thought, like you, there MUST be a way to do this. I loved this Ikea chair but couldn’t find a single website that sold rocker runners. Then, feeling like an idiot, it finally occurred to me to search via Pinterest instead of Google. There your blog post was, 2 rows down, 3rd picture to the right! THANK YOU!!!

    • Kenz

      Hi Jess! You are very welcome 🙂 This chair is seriously the best thing in my life. I hope you like yours as much as I like mine!

  • Michael Runge

    Do you know how tall the front of the seat is off the ground? I’ve been commissioned with converting a wingback to a rocker, but it seems pretty tall as it is. I want to get an idea of how tall this one is to help me with my planning. Oh, and the one I’m working on has claw feet, WHICH they want to keep. 🙂

    • Kenz

      Hi Michael. The seat is about 22″ off the ground, but it’s perfect. It’s very easy to get in and out of. The claw feet chair sounds very interesting. I’d love to see pictures!! Good luck 🙂

      • Dan

        Thank you!
        Daniel from Italy

      • Michael Runge

        Thanks. I actually didn’t do the clawfeet. I cut the clawfeet off (as requested by the owner) and shaved down the legs to fit them into some rockers from a place in Kentucky. I haven’t received a finished picture from the owner after they painted the legs. I also lost pictures when my SD card went bad too, but I thought it turned out pretty well.

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  • Sarah Beard

    Thank you SO much! I am so so so happy and excited to have found this! I have been stressing the first 6 months of my pregnancy about how I could manage my dream wingback rocker and time is ticking and I still had no luck. This is such a lifesaver and I can’t even explain how giddy I am so THANK YOU!! We ran up to IKEA to purchase the chair today and then came home to buy the legs and they are backordered of course! I am scared to cut it too close to baby to wait so the only others I found are on ebay and the measurements are a tiny bit different. Your runners were: W: 1 7/8, H 1 5/8, L: 36 1/4. The ones I found are: W: 1 9/16, H: 1 3/4, L: 37. Not a huge difference but we lack complete DIY knowledge so I was hoping you could give me your take? They are nonrefundable so I didn’t want to order unless I was sure they will work. Do you think the slight difference in measurements will matter? Thank you again for all of your help!!!

    • Brooke

      I ordered the runners a week ago. They said they were back ordered until Feb. 15 but I received them in 3 days.

      • Kenz

        I’m glad you got yours so quick Brooke! That is good to know!

      • Sarah Beard

        Wonderful! Thank you!! I think I’ll just play it safe and order these then! 🙂

    • Kenz

      I don’t think the difference in measurement will matter, since the runners on Ebay were slightly longer. You’ll just have to measure the distance between the legs of the chair, and make sure it matches up on your runners before you drill the holes. Good luck! You will LOVE this chair. I rock my sweet baby in it every day, and it’s a life saver for those fussy times. 🙂

      • Sarah Beard

        Great, thank you so much!!! I can’t wait to rock my little girl in it this spring 🙂

  • Raegen

    This is awesome!!! Same problem did not want to spend $1000 on a chair but wanted on to like I had haha. I have looked on the website but the runners are back ordered. Plus I am from canada and will probably get dinged major on shipping. I found some runners on ebay but are 1-5/8 high x 1-1/8 wide x34-1/8 long. Think those will work for this chair?

    • Kenz

      I think they will work! You’ll just have to adjust where you drill the holes. I hope it works out well for you! Send pictures 🙂

  • steph

    Hi there- how has this held up over time? Do you still love it? I am 16 weeks and LOVE THIS.

    • Kenz

      It has held up so well! I love it. I rock my sweet baby doll in it every day. Congrats on your pregnancy 🙂

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  • Dan

    Thank you!

    • Kenz

      You are most welcome. I’m so happy this worked well for you. Happy rocking 🙂

  • Daniel

    Thank you!

    • Kenz

      This turned out so amazing!!! It looks so great in your nursery. And I love that round crib 🙂

  • uberchicforcheap

    So damn smart. Well done!

    • Kenz

      Thank you!!

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  • Jennifer Saranow Schultz

    This is amazing! And I love that it’s only $335. As you saw on Twitter, I featured you on my site today in a hint on why to go for living-room worthy nursery rocking chairs http://hintmama.com/2014/03/17/todays-hint-go-for-a-living-room-worthy-rocking-chair/

    • Kenz

      Thank you so much for the feature!

  • Jessica

    You are a genius! I have been looking for a non-ugly-glider rocker ever since I found out I was pregnant! I was wondering if you purchased the foot stool at IKEA too? It matches perfetly! I plan on making the trip up to buy the chair in the next couple of weeks 🙂

    • Kenz

      Thank you! Yes, it’s the matching ottoman also from IKEA. Good luck with your chair, and congrats on the baby!

  • Jenny S

    YES! I am so excited. I’m 16 weeks pregnant right now (due Sept 2nd) and I’ve spent so many hours looking at ugly but affordable gliders and gorgeous but insanely priced rockers, and then I finally saw this on Pinterest! I’ve already wrangled my dad into making it since my hubby is less than a handyman 😉 I can’t wait! Thank you so much for being so detailed on the process too!

    • Kenz

      Congratulations on the little one! I’m glad you have a handy dad to make one for you! You’re going to love it. It’s honestly the best! I’ve rocked Evelyn for hours at a time in there. Comfortable for mama and baby 🙂

  • Liz

    Thanks so much for posting such detailed instructions! My husband followed every step and hacked the Strandmon chair and I am thrilled with the way it turned out 🙂 http://www.exploredreamdiscoverblog.com/2014/03/the-nursery.html

    • Kenz

      Your nursery is SOOO great! I’m so happy it turned out well for you. Congrats on your little one 🙂

  • pdx_uncle

    My niece wants me to build one of these for her. But there are a few things here that make me nervous.

    One of the risks of rocking chairs is tipping over backwards. To reduce this risk most rockers have a more vertical seat back and have the rockers extend further out the back than the front. (look at the rocker you are trying to emulate, the rockers stick out much further in the back than the front)

    By putting rockers under the legs you have also raised the seat height a few inches, raising the center of gravity and, made the rocker more prone to tipping backwards.

    Have you tested this rocker to see how far back you need to lean before it tips? When you sit in the rocker, the rockers should touch the floor in front of the center of the rocker. In the pictures it appears that without someone sitting in the chair the rockers are touching hear the back, not the front.

    The last thing that makes me nervous is by putting the chair on the center of the rocker they extend out the front and cause a tripping hazard.

    I think this is an awesome idea, but I would recommend cutting the legs so this modification does not change the seat height, and attach the rockers to they stick out in back as far as possible.

    • Kenz

      Hello! If those are things you are concerned about, you should definitely modify it for your needs. We’ve never had an issue with it tipping backward. The center of gravity is very good on this rocker. It’s been nothing but a joy. We don’t trip over the runners in the front. If these things become an issue for us in the future, I’m sure we’ll come up with a solution. Good luck! Let me know how it turns out for you! I’d love to see it with any modifications you make as well!

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  • This is an amazing idea. I Love it!

    • Kenz

      Thank you!

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  • Ryan

    Thanks for the great idea. When you measure 7.5″ from either end for the holes, is that from the top or the bottom length? I’m having trouble getting the measurement right since the rockers curve.

    • Kenz

      We measured from the very tip. However, before you drill anything, make sure you mark your spot, and dry fit the chair on top of those marks to make sure the feet line up. I’ve heard there are some inconsistencies with the strandmon.

  • Rachel Kroll

    Is there some reason you went with the Maple over the Oak for the legs?

    • Kenz

      Nope. It was just my preference. you could do whatever you like!

  • Erin

    I love this and seriously look at it everyday! I’m hoping to get the energy (and funds) to give this a try soon! My only question is the chair that I am looking at comes with Square feet instead of circular. Do you think it would still work? I’m sure my dad (who would absolutely be helping!) could figure out a new way to drill the holes, but I’m wondering since you are an expert at it if you think square feet would work?

    • Kenz

      I think it would still work. It might be a little different to attach the legs since you won’t be drilling holes. But you can definitely come up with a good way to attach them. Good luck, and send me pictures!

  • Allison

    Thanks for much for posting this! Those $1000 wingbacks from pottery barn are out of our budget, but this is perfect! Do you think it would work with the Ektorp chair from Ikea too? It’s less wingback-y and more boxy? Thanks!

    • Kenz

      Sure! I think it would work great! Good luck 🙂

  • Britt

    chair purchased.. runners in the mail. Can’t wait to get started.

    • Kenz

      Awesome! Happy rocking 🙂

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  • Tate

    Hey, great idea!!

    I was curious about how to measure for the legs, when u say measure 7.5″ from each tip is that following the curve on the top with the measuring tape or just measuring straight across with the measuring tape?


    • meg

      We had the same question.

      • Kenz

        It is 7.5 inches following the curve along the top. Hope that helps.

    • Kenz

      It is 7.5 inches following the curve along the top.

  • Lexxy

    this is such a GREAT post!!! thank you so much! it’s EXACTLY what I want to do with that Ikea chair!!! Keep posting!!

  • Hope

    Amazing!! Thank you for this!!! My lifesaver! One quick question though, I would like to be able to return the chair to it’s original four legs AFTER we are done using it as a rocker, so using the wood glue might seem to be something that would ruin the IKEA legs, rendering them useless for later use without the rocker runners attached. Do you think the chair would still be secure and work properly WITHOUT the wood glue? I’m scared to modify any of your directions! Thanks!

    • kenz

      Well… I THINK you could just screw the rockers onto the legs without using wood glue. We wanted ours extra sturdy (and it is!). I don’t really think skipping the wood glue would make the chair fall apart. But I don’t know. You’ll have to try it and let me know how it turns out! Best of luck!

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  • This is genius! This is just what I was looking for and I can’t wait to make my own rocker. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • kenz

      Good luck! I hope you love it!

  • Elise Myers

    Can I just say that you are a freaking genius. I was contemplating spending over $500 for the rocker I wanted or going cheap for an ugly glider. LIFE SAVER!!!!

    • kenz

      Thank you! I hope you like it! We sure love ours 🙂

  • Lauren K.

    Would you mind sharing the site you used to buy the runners from? I love this idea!

  • Amy Whitt

    I just bought the strandmon, and planning to make the rocker! Question: does the back squeek on anyone else’s strandmon?? Like, when you rest your back or neck and then shift your weight? Mine is very squeeky…just the back. Wondering if this is normal or if I got a dud? I’m 3 hours away from an ikea so not like I can just run over and check 🙂

    • kenz

      Oh no Amy! I’m sorry your chair squeaks. Mine doesn’t. I don’t remember if the chair in the store did. Maybe it just needs to be broken in a little bit. Good luck!

  • Heather |Decor Fix

    This is BRILLIANT! Found it on Pinterest and am sending to a client right now:)) Why haven’t more people done this before??

  • Jess

    I am so glad I found your site. I’ve been in the exact same dilemma and this will be the PERFECT solution. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

  • Nicole

    Thank you so much for this amazing tutorial! It saved me from overpriced rocker terror or the much worse super budget, super ugly options! You are so creative and I’m so happy I found this. I’ve opted to use the IKEA Tullsta chair because I’m working with a smaller space and it’s less deep. I just wanted to note for others who pursue the project that I found a good deal on oak rocker legs from a different site than Van Dyke’s. To order from VD’s, my total with shipping and taxes was coming out to $92.79 (pretty much the same price as a Tullsta!), so I poked around online and found these: http://www.architecturals.net/bent-oak-rocker-runners-1-78/. My total including shipping (they did not charge me tax) was $67.45. The only thing to note is that these are 34.25″ length instead of 37″ because it worked better with the less deep chair. Just thought I’d share the bargain! Thank you, thank you, thank you for this awesomely detailed tutorial!

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  • Ummm, this is insanely amazing! I have been looking for a rocking chair like this but cannot fathom spending the $750+ of most of them. Now that IKEA just opened in our city I will definitely be doing this. Thank you so much!

  • Nikki

    Hey Kenz!
    I absolutely love this rocker and I’m planning on making one for my baby room! Just had a quick question. Do you have any trouble with it walking on you? I’ve read that if rocker blades aren’t perfectly parallel that it will walk while rocking. Also now that you have had it for a while, would you do anything at all differently? Like make the legs a little shorter, angle it a little, put the runners farther back, etc.
    Thank you!

    • kenz

      Hi Nikki! I’ve never had a problem with it walking. Everything has held up perfectly. I love this chair so much 🙂 The only thing I *might* do differently is put the runners further back. Every now and then I hit my ankle on the runners and it doesn’t feel too great. But I’m not sure how that would affect how the chair sits on them. Good luck! I hope you love it as much as I do!

  • Lori

    This is awesome!!!!! I am all about DIYs and now getting ready for #3, I have to find a rocker. Thanks for sharing your creation!!!

    • kenz

      Thanks Lori! I’m glad you liked it! Congrats on #3!

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  • Glensy

    Holy Moly I am so pumped about this! I LOOOVVEEE the wingback rockers, but definitely don’t love the price. This has got to be one of the easiest projects I’ve ever seen and totally affordable. I love it! Thanks so much for being so creative!

    • kenz

      Thanks Glensy! It’s probably my favorite project I’ve ever done. I still use it twice a day and I’m still just as in love with it almost 2 years later.

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  • Ahh! Looks so good. I wish I would have seen the rocker glides when I was converting a IKEA chair for our nursery. I ended up using a swivel base but this look so much better!

    • kenz

      Thanks Brittney! I’m so glad I found these runners. I ALMOST did a swivel…

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  • SadFace

    Van Dyke’s is charging $110 for these rocking chair runners now 🙁 Yeesshhh. Any ideas anyone?! So in love with this idea, but not at that additional price for runners when I still don’t have the ottoman priced in.

    • kenz

      That is a major bummer that their prices went up 🙁

  • Zach

    I followed your instructions exactly. Drilling the holes in my runners so the enter was precisely 7 1/2″ inches from the end, following the curve on top. Now that I have my IKEA chair I see the holes are not at all where they should be. I triple and quadruple checked measurements before and after. I have ruined the runners and will have to throw them out.
    You should show how you measure in a picture so people don’t lose money on replacement runners.

    • kenz

      Hi Zach, I’m very sorry to hear this didn’t work out well for you. I should definitely post a picture on how I measured. I think the biggest issue is that there is variation in IKEA’s spacing in the feet of the chair. I’ve had some people who followed my measurements and it worked perfectly for them, and other people who told me they are glad they dry-fitted the chair to the markings before drilling because their chairs were different. This is something I will add to my post.

  • KayMarie

    Any idea how to save on the rocker chair extra you have to buy? The price is more than wanting to spend. Thanks

    • kenz

      Hi KayMarie, You could try checking your thrift stores or classified ads for a chair you like, then add runners to it. I wouldn’t be much help with measurements, but i’m sure you could find a way to fit the runners to the legs.

  • Kcolb

    Hey!! Do you by chance sell these legs?? I’m not much of a diy’er and would love to purchase them!!!

    • kenz

      I hadn’t thought about selling them. I’d be a little hesitant since I’ve been told there is some variation on leg placement on the Strandmon. I wouldn’t want to pre drill holes for someone and have it not fit 🙁

  • Danielle

    We just made this rocking chair and its fantastic. A few things to note, however… Ours leaned back quite a bit. To remedy this we switched the feet around on the chair. The front feet are longer and the back feet are shorter. We switched them so that the front feet are now shorter and the back feet are longer. This helped the chair to be more centered over the rockers. Also, my husband and I are pretty short. I am 5’4″ and he is 5’10”. The chair is a little tall for both of us to comfortably rock in. Luckily, we have a perfect height “petit ben” (a small wooden step stool) that helps us to rock in the chair and will be handy for me while nursing.

    • kenz

      Those are definitely things to think about! We are both tall people, so we didn’t notice the chair being too tall for us. I hope you enjoy your time rocking and nursing in it 🙂

    • matt

      i was thinking exactly those 2 concerns. the runners would add 5 or 6 inches to an already pretty high chair. I am considering chopping the legs a few inches but then the conical shape of the legs would require the seat holes to be too large in the runners. any suggestions? I’ll figure sonething out eventually

  • Cassandra

    Where did you find the ottoman?

    • kenz

      Hi Cassandra, I found the ottoman at ikea as well 🙂

  • stephen

    Hello. I am working on a similar project for my wife and I’m concerned that the IKEA chairs aren’t made of strong enough material to stand up to multiple years of use. Is your project still holding up well or have you had to make repairs. Thanks

  • Lee

    I love it and am considering doing it for our nursery!
    Where did you get the ottoman to match?

  • rebekah


    This is an awesome idea! Im just wondering if you have a link to the website where you got the unfinished wood rocking chair runners from and what size they were?.. I’m from Australia and i cannot seem to find anywhere here that sells the parts.


  • Cindy

    Thank you soooo much for posting this, it is exactly what I was looking for!

  • Sassypugmomma

    I am just wondering what size the rocker bottoms were and where you ordered them. The link goes to a set selling for $110.99 which doesn’t add up with the cost of your project so not sure if that is the correct link. Thanks!

    • mich312

      wondering the same, did you find them cheaper?

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  • Natalie Franks

    Love your chair! Considering it myself – how much space does it take up in the room? Trying to figure out if I could make it fit in my nursery.

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  • Leah O

    Thanks for the great tutorial! We might do this in our nursery! Just curious how comfortable the chair is and how the fabric has held up??

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  • Alison

    Hi! I am planning on making this! Just wondering do you think chair runners this size will work?
    W3-5270 Overall: 1-3/4″ High x 1-9/16″ Thick x 37″ Long

    • Sheryl

      Did this size work for you? the size originally called for are not $143 plus shipping

  • Katie Miller

    I don’t understand how it was so inexpensive for the runners. When I click the link it shows the adult large size to be $125. We’re they a different price at the time?

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  • Nicole

    Has anybody made DIY runners? If I had a pattern I’d be brave enough to try! Way cheaper than the current price to buy a set.

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  • Crystal Hazzard

    Thinking of doing this for my nursery and was concerned with the amount of space I have. How much space do you think I would need from the front of the rocker to wall, leaving enough space to rock the chair?

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  • Marie

    Hi Kenz!
    Very Nice tutorial. Will do this and I have a question:
    Where I want to buy the runners, there are 4 lenght and I don’t know which one to choose:
    1-oak – 1 5/16 inches tall x 1 1/8 inches wide 34 1/4 inches long
    2- -oak – 1 5/16 inches tall x 1 7/8 inches wide 34 1/4 inches long
    3-oak – 1 3/4 tall x 1 1/16 wide 34 1/2 long
    4-oak – 1 3/4 tall x 1 9/16 wide 37 long

    Thanks in advance for your help
    Marie from Canada, Quebec

  • Beth Meyer

    Huge thank you for this tutorial!! It worked beautifully! My husband followed your instructions to the letter and our rocker is so comfy and looks fabulous. Can’t wait to try it when our baby arrives. This is the best Pinterest success I’ve ever had, LOL. 🙂

  • Erica Sersen

    Are you able to detach the rocking legs part to make it the way it was originally, once you’re done using it as a nursery chair? Would love to be able to use it in the living room once baby gets older. Thanks!

  • Alexis

    Just wanted to add that I am in the middle of tackling this project. I was disheartened by the current cost of the runners at the source listed ($135) and managed to find some through Hinkle Chair company’s replacement parts program that were $35 shipped! I ordered them while out of town so I didn’t have measurements for the chair, but they even would have done the drilling for me, I believe. They came today and look like they should work great.


    • Sheryl

      Which ones did you get from Hinkle Chair Company??

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  • Sabah Yusuf

    Would it be possible to use a 30 in rocker versus the 36″ that you used?

  • Justin

    Any idea of the curvature? If you put the tips down on a table, how high would the “top of the rainbow” be from the tabletop?

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  • Lauren Litton

    I know this post is super old, so fingers crossed for a response! But do you think 34 1/4”L runners would work instead of the 36”? I found them on a different site for a third of the price of the ones you posted a link for and this mama is ballin on a budget!

    So glad I found your tutorial though, and can’t wait for the finished product!! <3