Just try not to smile on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my childhood, spark creativity, and therefore are, of course, super cozy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident trend expert, who appears to have a few in her office. 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 rise in the energetic side of design:"It is the nervousness people get when they're decorating their homes 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 house in the form of an indoor swing or hanging seat, here is what you want to understand. It's true, you can DIY it, but you have to understand what you're doing--take it from an expert. Alan Chenkin, a D.C.-based carpentry expert and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful about the swing-hanging process.|}
Step 1: Pick Your Location
Together with making sure that the swing itself may fit in your chosen place, you have to make sure there's adequate room about it. "Pick a place that allows for at least three feet of space behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on either side to stop hitting a wall or rail," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Locate the Ceiling Joist
It might be the second step, but it is definitely the most significant. You want to find a good ceiling joist to mount the swing to, and in the event that you can't find a good ceiling joist in your chosen place, it is back to square one--having the right amount of space does not mean anything if it can't be safely installed .
"If you don't find a good 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 in the fold," Chenkin states. "If the only place you've got to get a swing can't support the load, then you need to take into account an alternate location or using a mounting plate"
And you need to be cautious, because not all of ceilings may hold the weight of a swing. Even when they seem strong,"some ceilings are purely cosmetic," he clarifies. "Most suspended ceilings aren't meant to hold any actual weight"
Chenkin also adds that you might need to mount a plank across the joists to"guarantee adequate support for your swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and also adding extra support.
Step 3: Install (and Check!) |} the Mount
As soon as you've obtained your place --and also a ceiling joist with appropriate support--it is time to install the mount. So, let's discuss weight demands:"A single person swing should have a mount of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin states, noting that a double fold necessitates two mounts.
Now, for your install. First, 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 on the swing. "Test it together with your entire body fat by hanging the mount," he clarifies.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the mount is installed, attach the fold and double-check the fold cable or ropes to make sure it is strong," Chenkin states. When you hang on the swing, then you'll need to make sure it's in the proper height--typically that must be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches in the floor.