Just try not to smile on a indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, spark imagination, and are, obviously, super comfy," 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 tendency to some rise in the energetic side of design:"It's the nervousness people get when they're decorating their houses that holds them back from becoming daring --I believe people are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and looking to infuse a little extra adventure into your home in the kind of a indoor swing or hanging seat, here's what you need to understand. It's true, you can DIY it, but you need to understand 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
Along with making sure the swing itself can fit in your chosen place, you have to be sure that there's adequate room about it. "Pick a place which allows for at least three feet of space 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's definitely the most significant. You need to locate a good ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and if you can not locate a good ceiling joist in your chosen place, it's back to square one--having the ideal amount of space does not mean anything if it can not be safely installed there.
"If you do not find a good joist, installers risk attaching the swing mount to a ceiling which can't support this, or worse--it will pull the ceiling down on the man or woman sitting at the swing," Chenkin says. "If the only place you have to get a swing can not support the load, then you need to take into account an alternate location or using a mounting plate."
And you need to be careful, because not all ceilings can maintain the weight of a swing. Even when they look strong,"a few ceilings are strictly decorative," he clarifies. "Most suspended ceilings are not meant to hold any real 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
Once you've obtained your location--along with also a ceiling joist with appropriate support--it's time to install the mount. So, let's discuss weight loss demands:"A single person swing should have a mount of 600 pounds capacity or longer," Chenkin says, noting a double swing necessitates two mounts.
Now, for your install. To begin with, you need to pre-drill holes and utilize suitable lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you need to test it out--yes, before you really hang the swing. "Test it with your full body weight by hanging on the mount," he clarifies.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the mount is installed, attach the swing and double-check the swing cable or ropes to make sure it's strong," Chenkin says. When you hang the swing, you'll need to make sure it's at the proper height--typically that should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches in the ground.