Just try not to grin on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, spark creativity, and are, obviously, super cozy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident trend expert, who happens to have a few in her office. She's not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers equally are now obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, who attributes the tendency to a increase in the playful side of style:"It is the nervousness folks get when they're decorating their homes that holds them back from being adventurous--I believe folks are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and trying to infuse a little additional adventure into your house in the form of an indoor hanging or swing chair, here's what you need to know. Yes, you can DIY it, however you need 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 process.|}
Step 1: Pick Your Location
Together with ensuring the swing itself can fit in your preferred place, you need to make sure there's adequate room around it. "Pick a place which allows for three or more feet of space behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on either side to stop hitting a wall or railing," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Locate the Ceiling Joist
It might be the second step, but it's definitely the most important. You need to find a good ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and if you can not find a good ceiling joist in your favorite location, it's back to square one--with the ideal amount of space doesn't mean anything if it can not be safely installed there.
"If you don't find a good joist, installers danger attaching the swing bracket to a ceiling that cannot support it, or worse--it can pull the ceiling down on the person sitting at the fold," Chenkin says. "When the only place you have for a swing can not support the load, you have to take into account an alternate location or having a mounting plate."
And you have to be cautious, because not all of ceilings can maintain the weight of a swing. Even when they look strong,"a few ceilings are strictly decorative," he clarifies. "Most suspended ceilings are not designed to hold any real weight."
Chenkin also adds that you may have to mount a plank across the joists to"guarantee adequate support for the swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and also adding additional support.
Step 3: Install (and Check!) |} the Mount
Once you've got your place --and a ceiling joist with proper support--it's time to install the bracket. Thus, let's talk about weight demands:"A single person swing ought to have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or longer," Chenkin says, noting a double fold necessitates two mounts.
Now, for the install. First, you have to pre-drill holes and utilize suitable lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you have to test it out--yes, before you actually hang on the swing. "Test it together with your entire body weight by hanging on the bracket," he clarifies.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"After the bracket is set up, attach the fold and then double-check the fold cable or ropes to make sure it's strong," Chenkin says. When you hang on the swing, you ought to make sure it's in the appropriate elevation --typically that should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches in the floor.