Just try not to grin on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my childhood, spark imagination, and are, of course, super comfy," 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 now obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, that attributes the tendency to some increase in the energetic side of style:"It is the nervousness people get when they are decorating their houses that holds them back from becoming daring --I believe people are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and looking to infuse a little additional adventure in your home in the form of an indoor swing or hanging chair, here is what you want to know. Yes, you can DIY it, but you have to know what you're 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: Pick Your Location
Along with making sure the swing itself can fit in your chosen place, you need to make sure that there's sufficient room around it. "Pick a place that allows for three or more feet of distance behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on either side to stop hitting a wall or rail," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Find the Ceiling Joist
It might be the second step, but it's definitely the most important. You want to locate a good ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and if you can not locate a good ceiling joist in your chosen location, it's back to square one--with the ideal amount of space does not mean anything if it can not be safely installed there.
"If you do not find a good joist, installers danger attaching the swing bracket to a ceiling which can't support this, or worse--it can pull the ceiling back on the person sitting in the fold," Chenkin says. "If the only place you have for a swing can not support the load, then you have to take into account an alternate location or using a mounting plate."
And you have to be careful, because not all ceilings can hold the weight of a swing. When they seem strong,"a few ceilings are strictly decorative," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings aren't meant to hold any actual weight."
Chenkin also adds that you might have to mount a plank across the joists to"guarantee adequate support for your swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and incorporating additional support.
Step 3: Install (and Check!) |} the Mount
As soon as you've obtained your location--along with also a ceiling joist with appropriate support--it's time to set up the bracket. Thus, let's talk about weight demands:"A single individual swing should have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin says, noting a double fold 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 test it out--yes, before you really hang on the swing. "Test it together with your full body weight by hanging on the bracket," he explains.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the bracket is installed, attach the fold and double-check the fold cable or ropes to make sure it's strong," Chenkin says. When you hang on the swing, then you'll need to make sure it's in the appropriate elevation --typically that should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the floor.