Just try not to smile on an 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 some in her office. She is not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers equally are now obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, who attributes the tendency to a increase in the playful side of design:"It is the nervousness people get when they are decorating their houses that holds them back from becoming adventurous--I believe people 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 an indoor swing or hanging seat, here is what you want to know. It's true, you can DIY it, but you have to know what you are doing--choose it from an expert. Alan Chenkin, a D.C.-based carpentry expert and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful all about the swing-hanging procedure.|}
Step 1: Pick Your Location
Together with ensuring that the swing itself can fit in your preferred spot, you have to be sure there's sufficient room around it. "Pick a spot that allows for at least three feet of distance 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 may be the second measure, but it's definitely the most important. You want 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 favorite location, it's back to square one--having the right amount of space doesn't mean anything if it can not be safely installed there.
"If you don't find a good joist, installers danger attaching the swing bracket to a ceiling which can't support it, or worse--it will pull the ceiling down on the person sitting at the swing," Chenkin states. "When the only spot you've got for a swing can not support the load, then you have to consider an alternate location or using a mounting plate"
And you have to be careful, because not all ceilings can maintain the weight of a swing. Even when they seem solid,"a few ceilings are strictly decorative," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings aren't meant to hold any actual weight"
Chenkin also adds that you may have to mount a plank across the joists to"guarantee 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 got your location--and also a ceiling joist with proper support--it's time to set up the bracket. Thus, let's discuss weight requirements:"A single individual swing ought to have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or longer," Chenkin states, noting a double swing necessitates two mounts.
Now, for your install. First, you have to pre-drill holes and use appropriate lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you have to try it out--before you actually hang the swing. "Test it together with your full body weight by hanging the bracket," he explains.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the bracket is installed, attach the swing and double-check the swing cable or ropes to make sure it's solid," Chenkin states. When you hang the swing, then you ought to make sure it's in the proper height--normally which must be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the floor.