Just try not to smile on a indoor swing. "They remind me of my childhood, spark imagination, and therefore are, obviously, super comfy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident trend expert, who happens to have a few in her office. She's not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers alike are currently obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, who attributes the tendency to a increase in the energetic side of design:"It is 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 looking to infuse a little extra adventure in your house in the form of a indoor swing or hanging chair, here is what you need to understand. Yes, you can DIY it, but you need to understand what you're doing--choose 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: Choose Your Location
Together with ensuring that the swing itself can fit in your preferred spot, you need to be sure there's sufficient room around it. "Choose a spot that 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: Find the Ceiling Joist
It may be the second measure, but it is definitely the most important. You need to find a good ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and if you can't find a good ceiling joist in your chosen location, it is back to square one--having 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 mount to a ceiling which can't support it, or worse--it can pull the ceiling back on the man or woman sitting in the swing," Chenkin states. "If the only spot you have to get a swing can't support the load, then you need to consider an alternate location or using a mounting plate."
And you need to be cautious, because not all ceilings can maintain the weight of a swing. Even when they look solid,"a few ceilings are purely cosmetic," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings aren't designed to hold any real weight."
Chenkin also adds that you may need to mount a board 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 got your location--and a ceiling joist with appropriate support--it is time to install the mount. So, let's discuss weight demands:"A single person swing ought to have a mount of 600 pounds capacity or longer," Chenkin states, noting 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--before you actually hang on the swing. "Test it together with your entire body weight by hanging the mount," he explains.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"After the mount is set up, attach the swing and then double-check the swing cable or ropes to make sure it is solid," Chenkin states. When you hang on the swing, then you ought to make sure it's in the proper height--typically that must be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the ground.