Just try not to smile on a indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, spark creativity, and therefore are, obviously, super comfy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident fashion expert, who appears to have a few in her office. She's not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers alike are now obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, that attributes the trend to some increase in the energetic side of style:"It's the nervousness people get when they are decorating their houses that holds them back from being daring --I think people are letting go of the."
If you, too, are letting go and looking to infuse a little extra adventure into your house in the form of a indoor hanging or swing seat, here's what you need to know. It's true, you can DIY it, but you have to know what you're doing--take it from a pro. pro and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful all about the swing-hanging process.|}
Step 1: Pick Your Location
Along with ensuring the swing itself can fit in your chosen spot, you have to be sure that there's adequate room around it. "Pick a spot which allows for at least three feet of distance behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on each side to prevent hitting a wall or railing," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Locate the Ceiling Joist
It might be the second measure, but it is definitely the most important. You need to locate a solid ceiling joist to mount the swing to, and if you can't locate a solid ceiling joist in your chosen place, 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 that cannot support this, or worse--it will pull the ceiling back on the person sitting at the swing," Chenkin states. "If the only spot you have to get a swing can't support the load, then you need to take into account another location or having a mounting plate."
And you need to be careful, because not all ceilings can maintain the weight of a swing. When they seem solid,"a few ceilings are purely cosmetic," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings aren't designed to hold any actual weight."
Chenkin also adds that you might need to mount a plank across the joists to"ensure adequate support for your swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and adding extra support.
Step 3: Install (and Check!) |} the Mount
As soon as you've obtained your place --along with also a ceiling joist with proper support--it is time to install the mount. Thus, let's discuss weight demands:"A single individual swing should have a mount of 600 pounds capacity or longer," Chenkin states, noting that a double swing necessitates two mounts.
Now, for your install. To begin with, you need to pre-drill holes and utilize appropriate lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you need to test it out--before you actually hang the swing. "Test it with your entire body fat by hanging on the mount," he explains.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"After the mount is installed, attach the swing and then double-check the swing cable or ropes to ensure it is solid," Chenkin states. When you hang the swing, then you ought to make sure it's in the proper elevation --normally which should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the floor.