Just try not to grin on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my childhood, spark creativity, and therefore are, of course, super cozy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident trend expert, who appears to have a few in her office. She is not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers equally are now obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, that attributes the trend to some rise in the playful side of style:"It is the nervousness people get when they're decorating their homes that holds them back from being daring --I think people are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and trying to infuse a little additional experience in your home in the form of an indoor hanging or swing seat, here is what you need to know. Yes, you can DIY it, but you have to know what you're doing--choose it from a pro. pro and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful all about the swing-hanging procedure.|}
Step 1: Choose Your Location
Together with making sure that the swing itself can fit in your chosen spot, you need to be sure that there's sufficient room around it. "Choose a spot 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 step, but it is definitely the most significant. You need to locate a good ceiling joist to mount the swing to, and in the event that you can't locate a good ceiling joist in your favorite location, it is back to square one--with the ideal amount of space doesn't mean anything if it can't be safely installed there.
"If you do not find a good joist, installers risk attaching the swing bracket to a ceiling which can't support this, or worse--it can pull the ceiling down on the person sitting in the fold," Chenkin states. "When the only spot you've got for a swing can't support the load, then you need to consider an alternate location or having a mounting plate."
And you need to be cautious, because not all ceilings can maintain the weight of a swing. When they seem strong,"a few ceilings are purely cosmetic," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings aren't meant to hold any actual weight."
Chenkin also adds that you may need to mount a board across the joists to"ensure adequate support for your swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and incorporating additional 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 set up the bracket. Thus, let us talk about weight demands:"A single person swing ought to have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin states, noting a double fold requires two mounts.
Now, for your install. To begin with, you need to pre-drill holes and utilize suitable lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you need to test it out--yes, before you really hang the swing. "Test it with your full body weight by hanging on the bracket," he explains.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"After the bracket is installed, attach the fold and double-check the fold cable or ropes to ensure it is strong," Chenkin states. When you hang the swing, then you'll need to make sure it's in the appropriate height--typically that should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches in the ground.