Just try not to smile 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 fashion expert, who appears to have a few in her workplace. She is not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers equally 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 folks get when they're decorating their homes that holds them back from becoming adventurous--I think folks are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and trying to infuse a little extra experience in your house in the form of an indoor swing or hanging seat, here is what you want to know. It's true, you can DIY it, but you have to know what you're doing--take it from an expert. pro and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful all about the swing-hanging process.|}
Step 1: Choose Your Location
Along with ensuring the swing itself can fit in your chosen place, you have to make sure there's sufficient room about it. "Choose a place that allows for at least three feet of space behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on either side to prevent hitting a wall or railing," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Find the Ceiling Joist
It might be the second measure, but it's definitely the most significant. You want to find a good ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and if you can't find a good ceiling joist in your chosen place, it's 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 danger attaching the swing bracket to a ceiling which can't support it, or worse--it will pull the ceiling down on the person sitting at the swing," Chenkin says. "When the only place you have to get a swing can't support the load, you need to consider an alternate location or having a mounting plate."
And you need to be cautious, because not all of ceilings can maintain the weight of a swing. Even when they look strong,"a few ceilings are purely cosmetic," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings are not meant to hold any actual weight."
Chenkin also adds that you might need to mount a board across the joists to"ensure adequate support for your swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and incorporating extra support.
Step 3: Install (and Check!) |} the Mount
Once you've obtained your location--along with a ceiling joist with appropriate support--it's time to set up the bracket. So, let us discuss weight loss requirements:"A single person swing should have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or longer," Chenkin says, 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 try it out--yes, before you really hang on the swing. "Test it with your full body weight by hanging on the bracket," he explains.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the bracket is set up, attach the swing and then double-check the swing cable or ropes to make sure it's strong," Chenkin says. When you hang on the swing, then you ought to make sure it's at the appropriate elevation --typically that must be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the ground.