Just try not to smile on a indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, spark imagination, and are, obviously, super comfy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident trend expert, who appears to have some in her workplace. She is not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers equally are now obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, who attributes the tendency to some increase in the playful side of design:"It's the nervousness folks get when they are decorating their houses that holds them back from being adventurous--I believe folks are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and trying to infuse a little additional adventure in your house in the kind of a indoor hanging or swing chair, here is what you need to know. It's true, you can DIY it, but you need to know what you are doing--choose it from a pro. Alan Chenkin, a D.C.-based carpentry expert and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful about the swing-hanging procedure.|}
Step 1: Choose Your Location
Together with making sure that the swing itself can fit in your chosen place, you have to be sure that there's sufficient room about it. "Choose a place that allows for at least three feet of distance behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on either side to stop hitting a wall or railing," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Locate the Ceiling Joist
It may be the second measure, but it is definitely the most important. You need to find a solid ceiling joist to mount the swing to, and if you can't find a solid ceiling joist in your chosen location, it is back to square one--with the right amount of space doesn't mean anything if it can't be safely installed there.
"If you do not find a solid joist, installers risk attaching the swing mount to a ceiling that cannot support it, or worse--it can pull the ceiling back on the man or woman sitting at the fold," Chenkin states. "If the only place you've got for a swing can't 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 seem solid,"a few ceilings are strictly decorative," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings are not designed to hold any actual weight"
Chenkin also adds that you might have to mount a board across the joists to"guarantee adequate support for your swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and also incorporating additional support.
Step 3: Install (and Check! ) ) |} the Mount
As soon as you've got your location--and a ceiling joist with appropriate support--it is time to set up the mount. Thus, let us talk about weight demands:"A single person swing should have a mount of 600 pounds capacity or longer," Chenkin states, noting that a double fold necessitates two mounts.
Now, for your install. First, 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 full body weight by hanging on the mount," he explains.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"After the mount is installed, attach the fold and double-check the fold cable or ropes to make sure it is solid," Chenkin states. When you hang the swing, you ought to make sure it's in the proper elevation --typically that must be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the floor.