Just try not to smile on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, spark imagination, and are, of course, super cozy," 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 a rise in the energetic side of design:"It is the nervousness folks get when they're decorating their houses that holds them back from becoming adventurous--I think folks are letting go of the."
If you, too, are letting go and trying to infuse a little additional adventure into your home in the form of an indoor hanging or swing seat, here's what you need to know. Yes, you can DIY it, however you need to know 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: Choose Your Location
Along with making sure the swing itself can fit in your chosen spot, you have to make sure there's sufficient room about it. "Choose a spot which 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: Locate the Ceiling Joist
It might be the second step, but it is definitely the most important. You need to locate a good ceiling joist to mount the swing to, and in the event that you can not locate a good ceiling joist in your chosen location, 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 good joist, installers danger attaching the swing mount to a ceiling that cannot support it, or worse--it can pull the ceiling down on the person sitting in the swing," Chenkin says. "When the only spot you've got to get a swing can not support the load, you have to consider another location or having a mounting plate."
And you have to be cautious, because not all ceilings can hold the weight of a swing. When they look solid,"a few ceilings are strictly decorative," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings aren't designed to hold any actual weight."
Chenkin also adds that you might have to mount a plank across the joists to"ensure adequate support for your swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and incorporating additional support.
Step 3: Install (and Check!) |} the Mount
As soon as you've obtained your place --along with a ceiling joist with proper support--it is time to install the mount. So, let's talk about weight loss requirements:"A single individual swing ought to have a mount of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin says, noting a double swing requires two mounts.
Now, for your install. To begin with, you have to pre-drill holes and utilize suitable lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you have to test it out--before you actually hang the swing. "Test it with your entire body weight by hanging on the mount," he explains.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the mount is set up, attach the swing and then double-check the swing cable or ropes to ensure it is solid," Chenkin says. When you hang the swing, you'll need to make sure it's at the appropriate elevation --normally which must be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the floor.