Just try not to grin on an 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 office. She's not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers equally are currently obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, that attributes the trend to some rise in the playful side of design:"It's the nervousness people get when they're decorating their houses that holds them back from becoming adventurous--I believe people are letting go of the."
If you, too, are letting go and trying to infuse a little extra adventure into your home in the kind of an indoor hanging or swing chair, here is what you want to know. Yes, you can DIY it, however you need to know what you are doing--take it from a pro. Alan Chenkin, a D.C.-based carpentry expert and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful about the swing-hanging process.|}
Step 1: Choose Your Location
Together with making sure the swing itself may fit in your chosen place, you need to be sure there's sufficient room around it. "Choose a place which allows for at least three feet of space behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on each side to prevent hitting a wall or railing," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Find the Ceiling Joist
It may be the second measure, but it is definitely the most significant. You want to find a good ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and in the event that you can't find a good ceiling joist in your chosen place, it is back to square one--with the ideal amount of space does not mean anything if it can't be safely installed there.
"If you do not find a good joist, installers danger attaching the swing bracket to a ceiling that cannot support this, or worse--it can pull the ceiling back on the person sitting at the swing," Chenkin says. "When the only place you have to get a swing can't support the load, then you have to consider another location or using a mounting plate"
And you have to be careful, because not all of ceilings may maintain the weight of a swing. When they look solid,"a few ceilings are strictly decorative," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings are not meant to hold any real weight"
Chenkin also adds that you may have to mount a plank across the joists to"ensure adequate support for your swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and also incorporating extra support.
Step 3: Install (and Check! ) ) |} the Mount
Once you've obtained your location--and a ceiling joist with proper support--it is time to install the bracket. So, let's discuss weight requirements:"A single person swing should have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin says, noting a double swing requires two mounts.
Now, for your install. First, you have to pre-drill holes and use appropriate lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you have to test it out--yes, before you really hang the swing. "Test it together with your entire body weight by hanging the bracket," he explains.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"After the bracket is set up, attach the swing and then double-check the swing cable or ropes to ensure it is solid," Chenkin says. When you hang the swing, then you ought to make sure it's in the appropriate height--normally which must be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the floor.