Just try not to smile on a indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, spark creativity, and are, of course, super comfy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident fashion expert, who happens to have a few in her workplace. She's not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers equally are currently obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, that attributes the trend to some increase in the energetic side of design:"It's the nervousness people get when they're decorating their homes that holds them back from being daring --I believe people are letting go of the."
If you, too, are letting go and trying to infuse a little extra adventure into your home in the form of a indoor hanging or swing chair, here is what you need to know. Yes, you can DIY it, however you have 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: Pick Your Location
Together with ensuring the swing itself may fit in your preferred spot, you need 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 prevent hitting a wall or railing," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Find the Ceiling Joist
It may be the second measure, but it is definitely the most significant. You need to locate a good ceiling joist to mount the swing to, and in the event that you can't locate a good ceiling joist in your chosen place, it is back to square one--having the ideal amount of space doesn't mean anything if it can't be safely installed there.
"If you do not find a good joist, installers risk attaching the swing mount to a ceiling that cannot support it, or worse--it will pull the ceiling back on the person sitting at the swing," Chenkin states. "When the only spot you've got for a swing can't support the load, you need to consider an alternate location or using a mounting plate"
And you need 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 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 obtained your location--along with also a ceiling joist with appropriate support--it is time to set up the mount. Thus, let us talk about weight requirements:"A single person swing ought to have a mount of 600 pounds capacity or longer," Chenkin states, noting that a double swing necessitates two mounts.
Now, for your install. First, you need to pre-drill holes and utilize suitable lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you need to test it out--yes, before you actually hang on the swing. "Test it with your full body fat by hanging the mount," he explains.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"After the mount is installed, attach the swing and then double-check the swing cable or ropes to make sure it is strong," Chenkin states. When you hang on the swing, you'll need to make sure it's in the proper height--typically that should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the ground.