Best Glider and Ottoman – Fix Up Your Nursery

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Glider and ottoman

Before I had my daughter, I wasn't exactly sure had absolutely no idea what we would need for the baby's room. We had been trying very hard not to buy too much random stuff (no easy feat) and to stick strictly to the essentials. 

We did, however, invest in a glider and ottoman, and let me tell you: Best. Purchase. Ever. ​

My boyfriend's love affair with gliders started during one of our visits to my parent's condo a few years back.

They're avid glider users, and we've always had one in our living room, for as long as I can remember. Truth be told, we're a family of glider fanatics. My sister permanently borrowed my parent's glider when she had her first child. After they bought a new one, one of my brothers   arranged for my parents to "lend" it to him, and they never saw it again. Of course, they ended up buying another one. 

Anyway, my boyfriend sat down for the first time and, well, basically refused to leave the chair for much of our visit, much to my dad's chagrin. In fact, he used it so much that I offered to have his mail forwarded to the glider.

Fast forward a few years, when we're picking out the essentials for our little one's impending arrival. You better believe a glider and ottoman were on that list. There's nothing quite like sinking into a fabulously comfortable chair with your baby, putting your feet up, and then effortlessly gliding back and forth as you nurse, cuddle, read and rock her to sleep.

There are, however, several things to keep in mind when choosing a glider and ottoman:

  • Comfort: You want a set that's comfortable, which means you should take into consideration your and your partners' height and weight.
  • Quality: You'll probably want something that's sturdy and well-made.
  • Extra features: Some swivel, some recline, and some lock your position in place.
  • Versatility: You may want to consider where you'll put it after you don't need it in the baby's room anymore.

For more tips on picking out the best glider and ottoman for your nursery, check out this great article.

It's also worth noting that not all gliders were created equal.​

That being said, you can still get a nice set if you're on a tight budget and just need something to tide you over for a time. And if money is no object, you can get an top-of-the-line model to which you too may have your mail forwarded.

And of course, there are plenty of options in between.  ​

That's why we came up with this handy list of the very best gliders and ottomans for your nursery, according to their most redeeming qualities. We've ranked 7 of the top sets on the market, so you can pick from among:

  • The Best Budget Glider and Ottoman Set
  • The Best Glider and Ottoman Set for Matching with your Nursery
  • The Glider and Ottoman Set with Extra Back Support
  • The Best Bang for your Buck Glider and Ottoman Set
  • The Most Affordable Luxury Glider and Ottoman Set
  • ​The Glider and Ottoman Set with the Smoothest Gliding Experience
  • The Glider and Ottoman Set Par Excellence

And without further ado, here they are! ​Get ready to rock—er, glide, ladies.

Storkcraft Hoop Glider and Ottoman Set

Without a doubt, one of the most trusted names in glider and ottomans is Stockcraft. This company, which has been in the business for 70 years, has a reputation for making top-of-the-line nursery furniture that's known to last and which does not disappoint. 

The company's hoop glider and ottoman set would make a wonderful addition to any nursery.

Other qualities we love:

  • ​The chairs meet or exceed CPSC and ASTM safety standards
  • They're available in 2 colors: espresso and cherry
  • They're very comfortable, thanks to the large padded seat and cushioned arms
  • They have a large pocket on each side, which is perfect for storing any number of supplies

A few cons:

  • ​You have to assemble this yourself (although truth be told, it's quite easy)
  • Some say that the padding could be thicker
  • The back and seat cushions are hand washable only
Storkcraft Hoop Glider and Ottoman Set

The bottom line: This is a great glider and ottoman set for your nursery if you're on a tight budget. 

Click here for more info and current pricing.

Storkcraft Custom Hoop Glider and Ottoman Set

​If you want to step up your glider and ottoman game just a little bit, then the Custom Hoop Glider and Ottoman Set from Storkcraft is an excellent choice.  

The qualities that we love:

  • ​It's available in a range of wood finishes, from cherry to dove brown, and various chevron colors, sure to match any nursery
  • The seat is very spacious
  • The set is incredibly sturdy, so you can bet you'll be using this chair well after your baby grows up
  • It's easy to assemble
  • It's fabulously comfortable

A few cons:

  • ​Some buyers said that the sets painted white could have been painted better 
  • The real color is much more vibrant than the photo (which may or may not be a bad thing)
  • Some say the cushion is thin
  • It's a pretty basic rocker and does not have a locking feature
Storkcraft Custom Hoop Glider and Ottoman Set

The bottom line: This is a great option if you're looking for a variety of colors and wood frames to coordinate with your nursery.

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Storkcraft Tuscany Custom Glider and Ottoman Set

The last Storkcraft model on our list is the Tuscany Custom Glider and Ottoman, which comes with a special lumbar pillow. ​This product is just a tad more expensive than the other two, but at less than $200, it offers some serious bang for your buck.

The qualities that we love:

  • ​This model has all of the great features mentioned above, plus a matching pillow for back support
  • The weight limit is 250 pounds
  • It glides smoothly and quietly—no squeaking!
  • This is a great set for the price
  • It offers great head support
  • It's customizable! Choose from 19 different styles and 4 different wood finishes

​A few cons:

  • ​Some say that the cushions have a funny odor at first (after airing them out they should be fine)
  • The fabric may generate a lot of static
  • Some feel that the cushion could be thicker
Storkcraft Tuscany Custom Glider and Ottoman

The bottom line: If you're looking for a quality set that doesn't break the bank, this is the glider and ottoman for you. 

Click here for more info and current pricing.

Graco Sterling Semi-Upholstered Glider and Ottoman Set

Graco is another trusted name in baby and nursery furniture. The Graco Sterling is fantastically comfortable, and would make the perfect addition to any little one's room.​

The qualities that we love:

  • ​The ottoman comes with a pull-ount nursing stool that you can rest your tired feet on, and you can fold it under the ottoman when you're not using it
  • It offers "the ultimate in comfort and timeless design"
  • This model is available in 3 color combos: cherry/beige, espresso/beige, and grey/white
  • It has luxurious padding and is super comfortable
  • It's easy to assemble
  • It's the perfect size chair for nursing with the help of a Boppy pillow

A few cons:​

  • ​One previous buyer felt that the arms were not very study
  • This chair and ottoman may be on the narrow side
  • This isn't a great model for very tall people, who might not be able to rest their heads on the back of it
Graco Sterling Glider and Ottoman Set

The bottom line: This is fancier, more comfortable and more versatile model than the previous gliders and ottomans, and it's still totally affordable. 

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Dutailier Sleigh Glider and Ottoman Combo

Dutailier is a French company known for making chic top-of-the-line ​nursery furniture. If you're looking for the best of the best, you'll want to consider one of their gliders, like this Sleigh model.

The qualities that we love:

  • ​This glider and ottoman set have a 5-year warranty
  • The very thick foam cushions are removable
  • The espresso wood finish is toxic-free and the product complies with all safety standards
  • The chair fits with a breastfeeding pillow, like the Boppy
  • These sets feature Dutailier's exclusive gliding system
  • It's easy to assemble

A few cons:​

  • ​The set is only available in two (beautiful) colors: beige and light brown
  • These chairs have no side pockets
  • One previous buyer says the cushion is on the hard side
  • May be a bit narrow for some
Dutailier Sleigh Glider and Ottoman Combo

The bottom line: If you're looking for something elegant, and you're not especially price sensitive, this is the glider and ottoman for you.

Click here for more info and current pricing.

Dutailier Modern Glider and Ottoman Combo

Another great option for your nursery is this modern glider and ottoman, also by Dutailier. Like the model above, it's sleek and fabulous, although this one has a few more bells and whistles. 

The qualities that we love:

  • ​This model reclines and the backrest if fully adjustable, but it
  • It also has a multi-position mechanism, so you can set it to several positions and lock it
  • Like the model above, it has a 5 year warranty and removable cushions
  • The fabric is easy to clean
  • The exclusive gliding system allows for an extra-long glide motion
  • It's the definition of comfortable
  • The glider is absolutely silent

A few cons:​

  • ​It's only available in two colors (though they are lovely): sage green and light brown, which may not match everyone's nursery
  • There are no pockets
  • The assembly instructions leave a lot to be desired
Dutailier Modern Glider and Ottoman Combo

The bottom line: This is an amazing chair, from the thick padding to the smooth gliding to the multi-position function. You can't go wrong with this model. It's not cheap, but quality has a price!

Click here for more info and current pricing.

​Dutailier Sleigh Multi-Position Glider and Ottoman

And finally, la crèam de la crèam​: Dutailier's top-of-the-line model, a chair you may never want to leave once you sit in it. The Sleigh Multi-Position Glider and Ottoman is much more than a chair; it's an oasis of comfort in your nursery, a place where you can easily spend hours holding your little one and gliding him or her into a deep sleep.

This model shares a lot of features with its sister glider above, although it does have a few distinguishing characteristics.​

The qualities that we love:

  • It reclines and the backrest is fully adjustable
  • It has a multi-position mechanism with 6 different positions, so you can lock the glider at any position once you find your "sweet spot"
  • Multiple positions means it's easier to sit down in and get up from the glider
  • It has a 5-year warranty and a hardwood frame
  • It's available in 4 colors: dark grey, light grey, light beige and chocolate

A few cons:​

  • ​Some people have had problems with assembling the chair
  • One buyer said the reclining mechanism is stiff and hard to use
  • One buyer said this chair lacks lower back support
Dutailier Sleigh Multi-Position Glider and Ottoman

The bottom line: If comfort is your main concern, and if you want to invest in a chair that's going to be around for years to come, this is exactly what you're looking for. 

Click here for more info and current pricing. 

And there you have it! Our top 7 picks. We hope you were able to find something you liked on our list. Happy gliding!

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