Just try not to grin on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, 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 is not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers alike are now obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, that attributes the tendency to some increase in the energetic side of design:"It's the nervousness folks get when they are decorating their houses that holds them back from being adventurous--I believe folks are letting go of the."
If you, too, are letting go and trying to infuse a little additional adventure into your house in the kind of an indoor swing or hanging seat, here's what you want to know. It's true, you can DIY it, but you need to know 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 procedure.|}
Step 1: Pick Your Location
Along with making sure that the swing itself can fit in your chosen place, you have to make sure there's sufficient room about it. "Pick a place which allows for three or more feet of distance behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on each side to stop 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't locate a solid ceiling joist in your favorite location, it is back to square one--having the ideal amount of space doesn't mean anything if it can't be safely installed there.
"If you do not find a solid joist, installers risk attaching the swing mount to a ceiling which can't support this, or worse--it will pull the ceiling back on the person sitting in the fold," Chenkin states. "When the only place you've got to get a swing can't support the load, then you need to take into account another location or using a mounting plate"
And you need to be cautious, because not all ceilings can maintain the weight of a swing. When they look solid,"a few ceilings are purely cosmetic," he clarifies. "Most suspended ceilings aren't designed to hold any real weight"
Chenkin also adds that you may need to mount a board across the joists to"guarantee adequate support for your swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and also incorporating additional support.
Step 3: Install (and Check! ) ) |} the Mount
Once you've obtained your place --and also a ceiling joist with proper support--it is time to set up the mount. So, let's talk about weight requirements:"A single individual swing ought to have a mount of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin states, noting a double fold requires two mounts.
Now, for your install. First, you need to pre-drill holes and use appropriate lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you need to test it out--before you actually hang on the swing. "Test it together with your full body fat by hanging on the mount," he clarifies.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"After the mount is installed, attach the fold and double-check the fold cable or ropes to ensure it is solid," Chenkin states. When you hang on the swing, then you'll need to make sure it's in the appropriate elevation --typically that must be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the floor.