Just try not to smile on a indoor swing. "They remind me of my childhood, spark imagination, and are, obviously, super cozy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident fashion expert, who appears to have some in her office. She's not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers equally are currently obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, who attributes the trend to a increase in the energetic side of style:"It's 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 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 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
Together with ensuring the swing itself can fit in your chosen spot, you need to be sure that there's sufficient room about it. "Pick a spot that allows for three or more 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 step, but it's definitely the most significant. You want to locate a good ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and if you can not locate a good ceiling joist in your favorite place, it's back to square one--having the ideal amount of space does not 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 which can't support this, or worse--it will pull the ceiling down on the person sitting in the fold," Chenkin says. "When the only spot you've got for a swing can not support the load, then you need to consider an alternate location or having a mounting plate."
And you need to be cautious, because not all of ceilings can maintain the weight of a swing. When they seem solid,"a few ceilings are purely cosmetic," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings are not designed 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 incorporating additional support.
Step 3: Install (and Check!) |} the Mount
As soon as you've obtained your location--along with a ceiling joist with proper support--it's time to set up the mount. Thus, let's talk about weight demands:"A single person swing ought to have a mount of 600 pounds capacity or longer," Chenkin says, noting a double fold necessitates two mounts.
Now, for your install. First, you need to pre-drill holes and use appropriate lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you need to try it out--before you really hang the swing. "Test it with your entire body weight by hanging on the mount," he explains.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"After the mount is set up, attach the fold and double-check the fold cable or ropes to make sure it's solid," Chenkin says. When you hang the swing, then you ought to make sure it's in the proper height--typically that should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the ground.