Just try not to smile on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my childhood, spark creativity, and are, of course, super cozy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident fashion expert, who happens to have some in her workplace. She is not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers alike are now obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, that attributes the tendency to some rise in the energetic side of design:"It is the nervousness people get when they're decorating their houses that holds them back from being adventurous--I believe people are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and looking to infuse a little additional adventure in your house in the kind of an indoor swing or hanging chair, here is what you want to know. Yes, you can DIY it, however you have to know what you're doing--choose it from an expert. Alan Chenkin, a D.C.-based carpentry expert and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful about the swing-hanging procedure.|}
Step 1: Pick Your Location
Together with ensuring that the swing itself can fit in your chosen spot, you have to make sure that there's sufficient room around it. "Pick a spot which allows for at least three feet of distance behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on each side to stop hitting a wall or rail," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Find the Ceiling Joist
It may be the second step, but it's definitely the most significant. You want to locate a solid ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and in the event that you can not locate a solid ceiling joist in your chosen place, it's back to square one--having the ideal amount of space does not mean anything if it can not be safely installed .
"If you don't find a solid joist, installers risk attaching the swing bracket to a ceiling that cannot support it, or worse--it will pull the ceiling back on the man or woman sitting at the swing," Chenkin states. "When the only spot you've got for a swing can not support the load, you have to take into account another location or having a mounting plate"
And you have to be careful, because not all of ceilings can maintain the weight of a swing. When they look solid,"a few ceilings are purely cosmetic," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings aren't designed to hold any real weight"
Chenkin also adds that you might have to mount a board across the joists to"guarantee adequate support for the swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and also adding additional support.
Step 3: Install (and Check! ) ) |} the Mount
Once you've obtained your place --along with also a ceiling joist with appropriate support--it's time to install the bracket. So, let us discuss weight requirements:"A single individual swing ought to have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin states, noting that a double swing necessitates two mounts.
Now, for the install. To begin with, you have to pre-drill holes and use suitable lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you have to test it out--before you actually hang the swing. "Test it together with your entire body weight by hanging the bracket," he explains.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"After the bracket is set up, attach the swing and then double-check the swing cable or ropes to make sure it's solid," Chenkin states. When you hang the swing, then you ought to make sure it's at the proper elevation --normally which should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the ground.