Just try not to grin on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, spark imagination, and are, obviously, super cozy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident trend expert, who happens to have some in her office. She's not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers alike are now obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, who attributes the trend to some increase in the energetic side of style:"It is the nervousness people get when they are 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 extra adventure into your house in the form of an indoor swing or hanging seat, here's what you want to know. It's true, you can DIY it, however you need to know what you're doing--choose it from a pro. Alan Chenkin, a D.C.-based carpentry expert and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful about the swing-hanging procedure.|}
Step 1: Pick Your Location
Along with making sure the swing itself can fit in your chosen place, you have to be sure that there's sufficient room about it. "Pick a place which allows for three or more feet of distance behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on each side to prevent hitting a wall or rail," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Locate the Ceiling Joist
It may be the second step, but it is definitely the most significant. You want to locate a good ceiling joist to mount the swing to, and if you can't locate a good ceiling joist in your favorite place, it is back to square one--with the ideal amount of space does not mean anything if it can't 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 will pull the ceiling back on the person sitting at the fold," Chenkin states. "When the only place you have to get a swing can't support the load, then you have to take into account an alternate location or having a mounting plate."
And you have to be careful, because not all ceilings can hold the weight of a swing. When they look solid,"a few ceilings are strictly decorative," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings aren't designed to hold any real weight."
Chenkin also adds that you may have to mount a plank across the joists to"ensure adequate support for the swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and adding extra support.
Step 3: Install (and Check!) |} the Mount
Once you've obtained your location--along with a ceiling joist with appropriate support--it is time to install the bracket. So, let's discuss weight loss requirements:"A single individual swing should have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or longer," Chenkin states, noting a double fold requires two mounts.
Now, for the install. First, you have to pre-drill holes and use appropriate lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you have to try it out--yes, before you actually hang the swing. "Test it with your full body fat by hanging the bracket," he explains.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the bracket is installed, attach the fold and double-check the fold cable or ropes to ensure it is solid," Chenkin states. When you hang the swing, you'll need to make sure it's in the proper elevation --typically that should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the floor.