Just try not to grin on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, 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 office. She's not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers alike are currently obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, that attributes the tendency to a increase in the energetic side of design:"It's the nervousness people get when they are decorating their houses that holds them back from being adventurous--I think people are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and trying to infuse a little extra experience in your home in the form of an indoor hanging or swing seat, here's what you need to understand. Yes, you can DIY it, however you need to understand what you are doing--choose it from an expert. Alan Chenkin, a D.C.-based carpentry expert and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful all about the swing-hanging process.|}
Step 1: Pick Your Location
Along with ensuring that the swing itself can fit in your preferred place, you have to make sure 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 might be the second step, but it is definitely the most significant. You need to locate a solid ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and in the event that you can't locate a solid ceiling joist in your chosen place, it is back to square one--having the right amount of space does not mean anything if it can't be safely installed .
"If you don't find a solid joist, installers danger attaching the swing mount to a ceiling which can't support this, or worse--it will pull the ceiling down on the man or woman sitting in the fold," Chenkin says. "If the only place you've got to get a swing can't support the load, you have to take into account an alternate location or having a mounting plate."
And you have to be careful, because not all ceilings can hold the weight of a swing. When they look solid,"a few ceilings are strictly decorative," he clarifies. "Most suspended ceilings aren't meant to hold any actual weight."
Chenkin also adds that you may have to mount a plank across the joists to"ensure adequate support for the swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and adding extra support.
Step 3: Install (and Check!) |} the Mount
As soon as you've got your location--along with a ceiling joist with proper support--it is time to install the mount. Thus, let us talk about weight demands:"A single individual swing should have a mount of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin says, noting a double fold requires two mounts.
Now, for the install. First, you have to pre-drill holes and utilize appropriate lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you have to try it out--yes, before you actually hang on the swing. "Test it with your entire body weight by hanging on the mount," he clarifies.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the mount is installed, attach the fold and double-check the fold cable or ropes to ensure it is solid," Chenkin says. When you hang on the swing, you'll need to make sure it's at the proper elevation --typically that must be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches in the floor.