Just try not to smile on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, spark creativity, and are, of course, 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 equally are currently obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, who attributes the trend to some increase in the playful side of style:"It is the nervousness people get when they're decorating their homes that holds them back from being adventurous--I think people are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and looking to infuse a little additional adventure into your house in the kind of an indoor swing or hanging chair, here is what you need to know. Yes, you can DIY it, but you need to know what you're doing--take it from an expert. Alan Chenkin, a D.C.-based carpentry expert and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful all about the swing-hanging process.|}
Step 1: Choose Your Location
Together with making sure the swing itself can fit in your chosen place, you have to be sure there's adequate 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 rail," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Locate the Ceiling Joist
It might be the second measure, but it's definitely the most significant. You need to find a good ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and in the event that you can not find a good ceiling joist in your chosen place, it's back to square one--with the right amount of space does not mean anything if it can not 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 it, or worse--it can pull the ceiling back on the person sitting at the swing," Chenkin says. "If the only place you have to get a swing can not support the load, then you have to take into account another location or having a mounting plate."
And you have to be cautious, because not all ceilings can maintain the weight of a swing. When they look solid,"some ceilings are strictly decorative," he clarifies. "Most suspended ceilings are not designed to hold any real weight."
Chenkin also adds that you may have to mount a plank across the joists to"ensure adequate support for the swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and also adding additional support.
Step 3: Install (and Check!) |} the Mount
As soon as you've obtained your place --along with also a ceiling joist with appropriate support--it's time to install the bracket. So, let's talk about weight loss requirements:"A single individual swing should have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin says, noting a double swing necessitates two mounts.
Now, for the install. First, you have to pre-drill holes and use suitable lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you have to test it out--yes, before you really hang on the swing. "Test it with your entire body fat by hanging on the bracket," he clarifies.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the bracket is set up, attach the swing and then double-check the swing cable or ropes to make sure it's solid," Chenkin says. When you hang on the swing, you'll need to make sure it's at the appropriate height--normally which should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches in the ground.