Just try not to smile on a indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, spark creativity, 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, who attributes the trend to some rise in the energetic side of style:"It's the nervousness people get when they're decorating their homes that holds them back from becoming adventurous--I think people are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and trying to infuse a little extra experience into your home in the kind of a indoor hanging or swing chair, here's what you want to understand. Yes, you can DIY it, however you have to understand what you are doing--take it from a pro. Alan Chenkin, a D.C.-based carpentry expert and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful about the swing-hanging procedure.|}
Step 1: Choose Your Location
Along with making sure that the swing itself can fit in your preferred place, you need to be sure there's sufficient room around it. "Choose a place which allows for three or more feet of space 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 important. You want to locate a solid ceiling joist to mount the swing to, and if you can not locate a solid ceiling joist in your favorite place, it is back to square one--having the right amount of space does not mean anything if it can not be safely installed there.
"If you do not find a solid joist, installers danger attaching the swing mount to a ceiling that cannot support this, or worse--it can pull the ceiling down on the person sitting at the fold," Chenkin states. "If the only place you have to get a swing can not support the load, you need to take into account another location or using a mounting plate"
And you need to be cautious, because not all of ceilings can maintain the weight of a swing. Even when they look strong,"some ceilings are strictly decorative," he clarifies. "Most suspended ceilings are not meant to hold any real 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 extra support.
Step 3: Install (and Check!) |} the Mount
Once you've got your location--and a ceiling joist with proper support--it is time to set up the mount. So, let's talk about weight loss demands:"A single individual swing should have a mount of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin states, noting that a double fold necessitates two mounts.
Now, for your install. To begin with, you need to pre-drill holes and use suitable lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you need to test it out--yes, before you really hang the swing. "Test it together with your entire body fat by hanging the mount," he clarifies.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the mount is installed, attach the fold and then double-check the fold cable or ropes to make sure it is strong," Chenkin states. When you hang the swing, you'll need to make sure it's at the proper height--typically that must be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches in the ground.