Just try not to smile on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my childhood, spark imagination, and 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 equally are now obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, that attributes the tendency to a increase in the playful side of design:"It is the nervousness people get when they're 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 trying to infuse a little extra experience in your home in the form of an indoor hanging or swing seat, here is what you want to know. Yes, you can DIY it, but you have to know what you are doing--choose it from a pro. pro and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful all about the swing-hanging procedure.|}
Step 1: Pick Your Location
Along with making sure the swing itself may fit in your chosen place, you need to be sure there's adequate room about it. "Pick a place which allows for three or more feet of space behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on either side to prevent hitting a wall or rail," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Find the Ceiling Joist
It may be the second step, but it's definitely the most significant. You want to locate a good ceiling joist to mount the swing to, and if you can not locate a good ceiling joist in your favorite location, it's back to square one--having the ideal amount of space doesn't mean anything if it can not 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 it, or worse--it can pull the ceiling back on the man or woman sitting at the fold," Chenkin says. "When the only place you've got to get a swing can not support the load, you have to take into account an alternate location or having a mounting plate"
And you have to be careful, because not all of ceilings may maintain the weight of a swing. When they look strong,"some ceilings are purely cosmetic," he clarifies. "Most suspended ceilings are not meant to hold any actual weight"
Chenkin also adds that you might have to mount a plank across the joists to"guarantee adequate support for the swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and also adding extra support.
Step 3: Install (and Check! ) ) |} the Mount
Once you've obtained your place --and a ceiling joist with appropriate support--it's time to install the bracket. So, let's talk about weight requirements:"A single person swing should have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or longer," Chenkin says, noting that a double fold requires two mounts.
Now, for the install. First, you have to pre-drill holes and utilize appropriate lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you have to try it out--yes, before you actually hang on the swing. "Test it together with your full body weight by hanging the bracket," he clarifies.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"After the bracket is installed, attach the fold and then double-check the fold 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 height--typically that should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches in the ground.