Just try not to grin on a indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, spark imagination, 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's not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers alike are now obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, that attributes the trend to a rise in the energetic side of design:"It's the nervousness people get when they are decorating their houses that holds them back from becoming daring --I think people are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and looking to infuse a little extra adventure into your home in the form of a indoor swing or hanging seat, here is what you need to know. It's true, you can DIY it, however 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 all about the swing-hanging process.|}
Step 1: Pick Your Location
Together with ensuring the swing itself can fit in your preferred place, you have to be sure there's sufficient room about it. "Pick a place that allows for at least three 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 measure, but it is definitely the most important. You need to locate a good ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and in the event that you can't locate a good ceiling joist in your favorite place, it is back to square one--having the ideal amount of space doesn't mean anything if it can't be safely installed there.
"If you don't find a good joist, installers risk attaching the swing mount to a ceiling which can't support this, or worse--it will pull the ceiling back on the person sitting in the swing," Chenkin states. "If the only place you've got for a swing can't support the load, you have to consider another location or using a mounting plate"
And you have to be cautious, because not all of ceilings can hold the weight of a swing. Even when they seem solid,"a few ceilings are strictly decorative," he clarifies. "Most suspended ceilings are not meant to hold any real weight"
Chenkin also adds that you might have to mount a board across the joists to"guarantee adequate support for the swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and incorporating extra support.
Step 3: Install (and Check!) |} the Mount
As soon as you've got your place --and also a ceiling joist with proper support--it is time to install the mount. So, let us discuss weight loss demands:"A single individual swing ought to have a mount of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin states, noting a double swing necessitates 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 try it out--before you actually hang the swing. "Test it with your full body fat by hanging on the mount," he clarifies.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"After the mount is set up, attach the swing and then double-check the swing cable or ropes to make sure it is solid," Chenkin states. When you hang the swing, then you'll need to make sure it's in the proper elevation --normally which must be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the ground.