Just try not to grin on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, spark imagination, and therefore are, of course, super cozy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident fashion expert, who happens to have a few in her office. She is not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers alike are currently obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, that attributes the trend to some increase in the energetic side of style:"It is the nervousness folks get when they're decorating their houses that holds them back from becoming daring --I think folks are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and trying to infuse a little additional experience into your home in the form of an indoor swing or hanging seat, here's what you need to understand. Yes, you can DIY it, but you have to understand what you're doing--take 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: Choose Your Location
Along with ensuring that the swing itself may fit in your chosen place, you have to make sure that there's adequate room about it. "Choose a place which allows for at least three feet of space behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on each side to stop hitting a wall or railing," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Locate the Ceiling Joist
It may be the second measure, but it is definitely the most important. You need to locate a good ceiling joist to mount the swing to, and if you can't locate a good ceiling joist in your favorite location, it is back to square one--having the right amount of space doesn't mean anything if it can't be safely installed .
"If you do not find a good joist, installers risk attaching the swing bracket to a ceiling which can't support this, or worse--it can pull the ceiling down on the man or woman sitting in the fold," Chenkin says. "If the only place you have to get a swing can't support the load, then you need to consider an alternate location or having a mounting plate."
And you need to be cautious, because not all of ceilings may maintain the weight of a swing. Even when they seem solid,"some ceilings are strictly decorative," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings are not designed to hold any actual weight."
Chenkin also adds that you may need 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 got your location--and also a ceiling joist with proper support--it is time to install the bracket. So, let's discuss weight loss demands:"A single person swing ought to have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin says, noting a double fold necessitates two mounts.
Now, for your install. To begin with, 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 together with your entire body weight by hanging on the bracket," he explains.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the bracket is installed, attach the fold and double-check the fold cable or ropes to make sure 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.