Just try not to smile on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my childhood, spark imagination, and 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 equally are now obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, who attributes the trend to a increase in the playful side of design:"It's the nervousness people get when they're decorating their homes that holds them back from being adventurous--I think people are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and trying to infuse a little additional adventure in your home in the kind of an indoor hanging or swing chair, here's what you need to know. Yes, you can DIY it, but you have to know what you are doing--choose it from an expert. Alan Chenkin, a D.C.-based carpentry expert and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful all about the swing-hanging process.|}
Step 1: Pick Your Location
Together with making sure that the swing itself can fit in your preferred place, you have to make sure that there's sufficient room about it. "Pick a place 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 railing," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Find 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 into, and in the event that you can't locate a good ceiling joist in your favorite place, it is back to square one--with the right amount of space doesn't mean anything if it can't be safely installed there.
"If you don't 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 at the fold," Chenkin states. "If the only place you have for a swing can't support the load, you need to take into account another location or having a mounting plate"
And you need to be careful, because not all of ceilings can hold the weight of a swing. When they seem solid,"some ceilings are strictly decorative," he clarifies. "Most suspended ceilings aren't designed to hold any real weight"
Chenkin also adds that you may need to mount a plank across the joists to"guarantee adequate support for the 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 a ceiling joist with appropriate support--it is time to set up the bracket. Thus, let us discuss weight loss requirements:"A single individual swing ought to have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or longer," Chenkin states, noting a double fold requires two mounts.
Now, for the install. To begin with, you need to pre-drill holes and use appropriate lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you need to test it out--yes, before you really hang the swing. "Test it with your entire body fat by hanging on the bracket," he clarifies.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the bracket is installed, attach the fold and double-check the fold cable or ropes to ensure it is solid," Chenkin states. When you hang the swing, you ought to make sure it's at the proper elevation --normally which must be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches in the ground.