Just try not to grin on a indoor swing. "They remind me of my childhood, spark imagination, 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'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 people get when they're decorating their houses that holds them back from becoming daring --I think people are letting go of the."
If you, too, are letting go and trying to infuse a little additional adventure in your home in the kind of a indoor swing or hanging seat, here is what you want to know. Yes, you can DIY it, but you have to know what you're doing--take it from a pro. Alan Chenkin, a D.C.-based carpentry expert and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful all about the swing-hanging procedure.|}
Step 1: Choose Your Location
Along with making sure that the swing itself can fit in your preferred spot, you have to be sure that there's sufficient room about it. "Choose a spot which allows for three or more feet of distance behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on either side to stop hitting a wall or rail," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Find 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 if you can not find a good ceiling joist in your chosen location, it is back to square one--with the right amount of space doesn't mean anything if it can not be safely installed .
"If you don't find a good joist, installers risk attaching the swing mount to a ceiling that cannot support it, or worse--it can pull the ceiling down on the person sitting at the swing," Chenkin says. "When the only spot you have for a swing can not support the load, then you have to take into account another location or having a mounting plate."
And you have to be careful, because not all of ceilings can maintain the weight of a swing. When they seem strong,"a few ceilings are purely cosmetic," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings are not designed to hold any real weight."
Chenkin also adds that you may have to mount a board across the joists to"ensure adequate support for your swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and adding additional support.
Step 3: Install (and Check! ) ) |} the Mount
As soon as you've got your location--and a ceiling joist with appropriate support--it is time to install the mount. So, let us discuss weight requirements:"A single person swing ought to have a mount of 600 pounds capacity or longer," Chenkin says, noting that a double swing requires two mounts.
Now, for your install. To begin with, you have to pre-drill holes and utilize appropriate lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you have to test it out--before you actually hang the swing. "Test it with your full body weight by hanging the mount," he explains.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"After the mount is installed, attach the swing and then double-check the swing cable or ropes to ensure it is strong," Chenkin says. When you hang the swing, then you ought to make sure it's in the appropriate elevation --normally which should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the ground.