Just try not to grin on a indoor swing. "They remind me of my childhood, spark imagination, and are, of course, super cozy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident trend expert, who appears to have a few in her workplace. She's not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers equally are now obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, who attributes the tendency to some increase in the playful side of design:"It's the nervousness folks get when they're decorating their homes that holds them back from becoming daring --I believe folks are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and looking to infuse a little extra adventure in your house in the kind of a indoor swing or hanging seat, here is what you need to understand. It's true, you can DIY it, but you have to understand what you're doing--choose 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 that the swing itself may fit in your preferred place, you need to make sure that there's adequate room about it. "Pick a place that allows for at least three feet of space behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on either side to stop hitting a wall or railing," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Find the Ceiling Joist
It might be the second step, but it is definitely the most significant. You need to locate a solid ceiling joist to mount the swing to, and in the event that you can not locate a solid ceiling joist in your chosen place, it is back to square one--having the right amount of space doesn't mean anything if it can not be safely installed .
"If you don't find a solid joist, installers risk attaching the swing bracket to a ceiling that cannot support this, or worse--it can pull the ceiling back on the person sitting in the fold," Chenkin says. "When the only place you've got for a swing can not support the load, then you need to consider an alternate location or using a mounting plate"
And you need to be careful, because not all of ceilings may hold the weight of a swing. When they seem strong,"a few ceilings are purely cosmetic," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings are not designed to hold any real weight"
Chenkin also adds that you might need to mount a plank across the joists to"ensure adequate support for your swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and incorporating extra support.
Step 3: Install (and Check!) |} the Mount
As soon as you've obtained your location--and a ceiling joist with appropriate support--it is time to install the bracket. Thus, let's talk about weight requirements:"A single person swing should have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin says, noting that 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 try it out--before you actually hang the swing. "Test it with your full body fat by hanging on the bracket," he explains.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"After the bracket is set up, attach the fold and then double-check the fold cable or ropes to make sure it is strong," Chenkin says. When you hang the swing, then you'll need to make sure it's in the appropriate height--typically that must be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches in the floor.