Just try not to grin on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, spark creativity, and are, obviously, 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 alike are currently obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, who attributes the trend to some rise in the playful side of design:"It is the nervousness folks get when they're decorating their homes that holds them back from becoming adventurous--I think folks are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and looking to infuse a little extra experience into your home in the kind of an indoor hanging or swing seat, here is what you want to understand. It's true, you can DIY it, however you have to understand what you're doing--take it from a pro. pro and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful about the swing-hanging procedure.|}
Step 1: Choose Your Location
Along with ensuring that the swing itself may fit in your preferred spot, you need to make sure that there's adequate room around it. "Choose a spot which allows for at least three feet of distance behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on each side to prevent hitting a wall or rail," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Find the Ceiling Joist
It might be the second step, but it is definitely the most important. You want to find a solid ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and if you can't find a solid ceiling joist in your chosen location, it is back to square one--with the ideal amount of space doesn't mean anything if it can't be safely installed .
"If you do not find a solid joist, installers risk attaching the swing mount to a ceiling that cannot support it, or worse--it can pull the ceiling back on the man or woman sitting at the swing," Chenkin states. "When the only spot you've got to get a swing can't support the load, you have to consider another location or using a mounting plate."
And you have to be careful, because not all of ceilings may hold the weight of a swing. When they look solid,"a few ceilings are purely cosmetic," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings are not designed to hold any actual weight."
Chenkin also adds that you might have to mount a plank across the joists to"guarantee adequate support for the swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and adding extra support.
Step 3: Install (and Check!) |} the Mount
Once you've got your place --and also a ceiling joist with appropriate support--it is time to install the mount. So, let's discuss weight demands:"A single individual swing ought to have a mount of 600 pounds capacity or longer," 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 test it out--yes, before you really hang on the swing. "Test it with your entire body fat by hanging on the mount," he explains.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the mount is set up, attach the swing and double-check the swing cable or ropes to make sure it is solid," Chenkin states. When you hang on the swing, then you'll need to make sure it's in the proper height--typically that must be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the floor.