Just try not to smile on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my childhood, spark imagination, and therefore are, of course, super cozy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident fashion expert, who happens to have some 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 tendency to a rise in the energetic side of style:"It is the nervousness folks get when they are decorating their homes that holds them back from being daring --I believe folks are letting go of the."
If you, too, are letting go and trying to infuse a little extra experience in your house in the form of an indoor hanging or swing seat, here's what you want to understand. Yes, you can DIY it, however you need to understand what you're doing--take 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
Along with ensuring that the swing itself can fit in your chosen place, you need to be sure that there's adequate room about it. "Pick a place that allows for at least three feet of distance behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on either side to prevent hitting a wall or rail," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Find the Ceiling Joist
It may be the second step, but it is definitely the most significant. You want to locate a good ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and in the event that you can't locate a good ceiling joist in your favorite location, it is back to square one--having the ideal amount of space doesn't mean anything if it can't be safely installed .
"If you don't find a good joist, installers risk attaching the swing bracket to a ceiling that cannot support this, or worse--it can pull the ceiling down on the person sitting at the swing," Chenkin says. "When the only place you've got for a swing can't support the load, then you need to consider another location or using a mounting plate."
And you need to be careful, because not all of ceilings can hold the weight of a swing. When they seem solid,"some ceilings are purely cosmetic," he clarifies. "Most suspended ceilings aren't designed to hold any actual weight."
Chenkin also adds that you might need to mount a board 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 appropriate support--it is time to install the bracket. So, let us discuss weight demands:"A single individual swing should have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin says, noting a double swing necessitates two mounts.
Now, for your install. First, you need to pre-drill holes and utilize appropriate lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you need to test it out--yes, before you actually hang on the swing. "Test it together with your entire body fat by hanging on the bracket," he clarifies.
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 is solid," Chenkin says. When you hang on the swing, you'll need to make sure it's in the proper elevation --typically that should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the ground.