Just try not to grin on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, spark imagination, and therefore are, obviously, super cozy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident trend expert, who happens to have some in her office. She is 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 increase in the energetic side of style:"It is the nervousness folks get when they are decorating their homes that holds them back from being daring --I think folks are letting go of the."
If you, too, are letting go and looking to infuse a little additional experience into your home in the kind of an indoor hanging or swing seat, here's what you need to understand. Yes, you can DIY it, however you have to understand what you're doing--take it from a pro. pro and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful about the swing-hanging process.|}
Step 1: Pick Your Location
Along with making sure the swing itself can fit in your preferred spot, you have to be sure there's adequate room around it. "Pick a spot that allows for at least three 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 may be the second measure, but it's 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's back to square one--with the right amount of space does not mean anything if it can't be safely installed .
"If you don't find a good joist, installers risk attaching the swing mount to a ceiling that cannot support this, or worse--it can pull the ceiling back on the man or woman sitting at the swing," Chenkin states. "When the only spot you've got for a swing can't support the load, you have to take into account another location or using a mounting plate."
And you have to be careful, because not all of ceilings can maintain the weight of a swing. Even when they seem strong,"a few ceilings are strictly decorative," he clarifies. "Most suspended ceilings are not designed to hold any real weight."
Chenkin also adds that you may have to mount a plank across the joists to"ensure adequate support for the swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and also adding additional support.
Step 3: Install (and Check!) |} the Mount
As soon as you've got your location--along with also a ceiling joist with proper support--it's time to install 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 swing requires two mounts.
Now, for the install. First, you have to pre-drill holes and utilize appropriate lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you have to test it out--before you really hang the swing. "Test it with your entire body weight by hanging on the mount," he clarifies.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the mount is installed, attach the swing and then double-check the swing cable or ropes to make sure it's strong," Chenkin states. When you hang the swing, then 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.