Just try not to smile on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my childhood, spark creativity, and are, obviously, super cozy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident trend expert, who appears to have some in her office. 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 a increase in the playful side of style:"It's the nervousness folks get when they're decorating their homes that holds them back from being daring --I believe folks are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and trying to infuse a little extra experience in your home in the kind of an indoor hanging or swing chair, here's what you need to know. It's true, you can DIY it, but 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 procedure.|}
Step 1: Choose Your Location
Along with making sure the swing itself may fit in your preferred spot, you have to make sure that there's adequate room around it. "Choose a spot which allows for three or more feet of distance 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's definitely the most important. 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's back to square one--with the ideal amount of space does not mean anything if it can not be safely installed .
"If you do not find a solid joist, installers danger attaching the swing bracket to a ceiling that cannot support it, or worse--it can pull the ceiling down on the person sitting at the swing," Chenkin says. "When the only spot you have 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 may maintain the weight of a swing. When they seem strong,"a few ceilings are strictly decorative," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings are not designed to hold any real weight"
Chenkin also adds that you might have to mount a board across the joists to"ensure 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 location--and also a ceiling joist with proper support--it's time to set up the bracket. So, let us talk about weight loss requirements:"A single individual swing should have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or longer," Chenkin says, noting a double swing requires two mounts.
Now, for the install. To begin with, you have to pre-drill holes and use suitable lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you have to test it out--before you actually hang the swing. "Test it with your full body weight by hanging on the bracket," he explains.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the bracket is set up, attach the swing and then double-check the swing cable or ropes to ensure it's strong," Chenkin says. When you hang the swing, you ought to make sure it's in the appropriate height--typically that must be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the ground.