Just try not to grin on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my childhood, spark creativity, and are, obviously, super comfy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident fashion expert, who happens to have a few in her workplace. She's not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers alike are now obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, who attributes the trend to some increase in the playful side of design:"It is the nervousness folks get when they're decorating their houses that holds them back from being adventurous--I believe folks are letting go of the."
If you, too, are letting go and trying to infuse a little extra experience in your home in the form of an indoor swing or hanging seat, here is what you need to understand. It's true, you can DIY it, however you need to understand what you're doing--take it from an expert. Alan Chenkin, a D.C.-based carpentry expert and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful about the swing-hanging process.|}
Step 1: Pick Your Location
Together with making sure the swing itself can fit in your chosen spot, you have to make sure there's adequate room around it. "Pick a spot that allows for three or more feet of space behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on each side to stop hitting a wall or rail," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Locate the Ceiling Joist
It might be the second step, but it is definitely the most significant. You need to find a solid ceiling joist to mount the swing to, and in the event that you can't find a solid ceiling joist in your favorite 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 don't find a solid joist, installers risk attaching the swing bracket to a ceiling which can't support it, or worse--it will pull the ceiling down on the man or woman sitting in the fold," Chenkin states. "If the only spot you have for a swing can't support the load, you have to take into account an alternate location or having a mounting plate"
And you have to be cautious, because not all ceilings can hold the weight of a swing. When they seem strong,"some ceilings are strictly decorative," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings aren't meant to hold any actual 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 also incorporating extra 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 bracket. Thus, let's discuss weight requirements:"A single individual swing should have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or longer," Chenkin states, noting a double fold requires two mounts.
Now, for the install. To begin with, you have to pre-drill holes and utilize 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 on the bracket," he explains.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the bracket is set up, attach the fold and double-check the fold cable or ropes to make sure it is strong," Chenkin states. When you hang the swing, then you'll need to make sure it's in the proper height--typically that should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches in the floor.