Just try not to grin on a indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, spark creativity, and are, obviously, super cozy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident trend expert, who appears to have some in her office. She's not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers alike are currently obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, who attributes the tendency to some rise in the energetic side of style:"It's the nervousness folks get when they are decorating their houses that holds them back from becoming adventurous--I believe folks are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and looking to infuse a little additional experience into your home in the form of a indoor swing or hanging seat, here's what you want to know. It's true, you can DIY it, but you need to know what you're doing--take it from a pro. Alan Chenkin, a D.C.-based carpentry expert and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful all about the swing-hanging procedure.|}
Step 1: Pick Your Location
Together with making sure the swing itself can fit in your preferred spot, you have to make sure that there's sufficient room about it. "Pick a spot that allows for three or more feet of distance behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on either side to stop hitting a wall or rail," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Locate the Ceiling Joist
It might be the second measure, but it is definitely the most important. You want to locate a solid ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and in the event that you can't locate a solid ceiling joist in your chosen place, it is back to square one--with the right amount of space does not mean anything if it can't be safely installed .
"If you do not find a solid joist, installers danger attaching the swing bracket to a ceiling which can't support it, or worse--it will pull the ceiling down on the person sitting in the fold," Chenkin says. "When the only spot you have to get a swing can't support the load, then you have to consider an alternate location or having a mounting plate."
And you have to be careful, because not all ceilings can maintain the weight of a swing. When they seem solid,"a few ceilings are purely cosmetic," he clarifies. "Most suspended ceilings are not designed to hold any real weight."
Chenkin also adds that you might have to mount a board across the joists to"ensure adequate support for the swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and adding additional support.
Step 3: Install (and Check!) |} the Mount
Once you've obtained your location--and also a ceiling joist with appropriate support--it is time to set up the bracket. Thus, let us discuss weight demands:"A single individual swing should have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin says, noting that a double fold necessitates two mounts.
Now, for the install. First, you have to pre-drill holes and use appropriate lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you have to test it out--before you actually hang the swing. "Test it with your entire body weight by hanging the bracket," he clarifies.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"After the bracket is set up, attach the fold and then double-check the fold cable or ropes to make sure it is solid," Chenkin says. When you hang the swing, then you'll need to make sure it's in the proper height--normally which should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches in the ground.