Just try not to grin on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my childhood, spark creativity, and therefore are, of course, super cozy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident trend expert, who appears to have some 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 some increase in the energetic side of design:"It is the nervousness folks get when they are decorating their homes that holds them back from becoming 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 home in the form of an indoor hanging or swing chair, here's what you want to understand. Yes, you can DIY it, however you need to understand what you're doing--choose it from an expert. Alan Chenkin, a D.C.-based carpentry expert and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful about the swing-hanging process.|}
Step 1: Choose Your Location
Together with making sure the swing itself can fit in your chosen place, you need to make sure there's adequate room around it. "Choose a place that 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 significant. You want to find a solid ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and if you can't find 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't be safely installed .
"If you do not find a solid joist, installers danger attaching the swing bracket to a ceiling which can't support this, or worse--it will pull the ceiling down on the man or woman sitting at the swing," Chenkin states. "When the only place you've got to get a swing can't support the load, then you have to take into account another location or using a mounting plate"
And you have to be cautious, because not all ceilings can maintain the weight of a swing. When they look solid,"some ceilings are strictly decorative," he clarifies. "Most suspended ceilings are not meant 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
Once you've got your location--and a ceiling joist with appropriate support--it is time to install the bracket. Thus, let us discuss weight demands:"A single individual swing ought to have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin states, noting a double swing necessitates two mounts.
Now, for your install. To begin with, you have to pre-drill holes and use suitable lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you have to try it out--before you actually hang on the swing. "Test it together with your entire body fat by hanging the bracket," he clarifies.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"After the bracket is installed, attach the swing and double-check the swing cable or ropes to make sure it is solid," Chenkin states. When you hang on the swing, you'll need to make sure it's in the proper height--typically that should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the ground.