Just try not to smile on a indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, spark creativity, and are, of course, super comfy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident fashion expert, who happens to have some in her workplace. She's 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 playful side of style:"It is the nervousness people get when they are decorating their homes that holds them back from being adventurous--I believe people are letting go of the."
If you, too, are letting go and trying to infuse a little additional experience into your home in the form of a indoor swing or hanging seat, here's what you need to understand. Yes, you can DIY it, but you need to understand what you're doing--choose it from a pro. pro and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful all about the swing-hanging process.|}
Step 1: Choose Your Location
Together with ensuring the swing itself can fit in your preferred place, you have to make sure that there's adequate room around it. "Choose a place that allows for three or more feet of space behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on either side to stop hitting a wall or railing," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Locate the Ceiling Joist
It might be the second measure, but it's definitely the most important. You need to find a good ceiling joist to mount the swing to, and in the event that you can not find a good ceiling joist in your favorite location, it's back to square one--having the right amount of space does not mean anything if it can not be safely installed .
"If you do not find a good joist, installers risk attaching the swing mount to a ceiling that cannot support it, or worse--it can pull the ceiling back on the man or woman sitting in the swing," Chenkin states. "When the only place you've got for a swing can not support the load, you have to consider an alternate location or having a mounting plate."
And you have to be cautious, because not all of ceilings can maintain the weight of a swing. When they seem strong,"a few ceilings are strictly decorative," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings are not designed to hold any actual weight."
Chenkin also adds that you might have to mount a board across the joists to"guarantee adequate support for the swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and also adding additional support.
Step 3: Install (and Check! ) ) |} the Mount
Once you've got your place --and a ceiling joist with proper support--it's time to install the mount. Thus, let's talk about weight loss requirements:"A single individual swing should have a mount of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin states, noting that a double swing necessitates two mounts.
Now, for the install. First, you have to pre-drill holes and use appropriate lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you have to test it out--yes, before you really hang the swing. "Test it with your full body weight by hanging the mount," he explains.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"After the mount is set up, attach the swing and then double-check the swing cable or ropes to ensure it's strong," Chenkin states. When you hang the swing, you'll need to make sure it's in the proper height--typically that should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches in the floor.