Just try not to grin on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, spark imagination, and are, obviously, super cozy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident trend expert, who happens 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 a increase in the energetic side of style:"It's the nervousness people get when they're decorating their homes that holds them back from becoming daring --I believe people are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and trying to infuse a little additional experience in your house in the form of an indoor swing or hanging seat, here is what you want to know. It's true, you can DIY it, but you have to know what you are doing--take it from an expert. pro and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful all about the swing-hanging process.|}
Step 1: Choose Your Location
Together with ensuring the swing itself can fit in your preferred spot, you need to make sure that there's sufficient room around it. "Choose a spot which allows for at least three feet of space behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on each side to prevent hitting a wall or railing," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Find the Ceiling Joist
It might be the second step, but it is definitely the most important. You want to locate a solid ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and in the event that you can not locate a solid ceiling joist in your favorite place, it is back to square one--having the right amount of space doesn't mean anything if it can not be safely installed .
"If you don't find a solid joist, installers danger attaching the swing bracket to a ceiling that cannot support this, or worse--it will pull the ceiling back on the man or woman sitting in the swing," Chenkin says. "When the only spot you have for a swing can not support the load, then you need to take into account another location or having a mounting plate"
And you need to be cautious, because not all of ceilings can hold the weight of a swing. When they seem solid,"a few ceilings are strictly decorative," he clarifies. "Most suspended ceilings aren't designed to hold any actual weight"
Chenkin also adds that you may need to mount a plank across the joists to"guarantee adequate support for your swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and adding additional support.
Step 3: Install (and Check! ) ) |} the Mount
Once you've got your place --and a ceiling joist with proper support--it is time to set up the bracket. Thus, let's talk about weight loss demands:"A single person swing should have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin says, noting that 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 try it out--before you really hang the swing. "Test it with your full body weight by hanging the bracket," he clarifies.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"After the bracket is set up, attach the swing and double-check the swing cable or ropes to make sure it is solid," Chenkin says. When you hang the swing, you'll need to make sure it's in the proper elevation --normally which should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the ground.