Just try not to smile on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, spark creativity, and therefore are, of course, super cozy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident fashion 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 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 being adventurous--I think folks are letting go of the."
If you, too, are letting go and looking to infuse a little additional adventure into your home in the form of an indoor hanging or swing chair, here's what you need to know. It's true, you can DIY it, but you need 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 procedure.|}
Step 1: Pick Your Location
Together with ensuring that the swing itself may fit in your preferred spot, you need to be sure that there's adequate room around it. "Pick a spot that allows for three or more feet of distance behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on each side to stop 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 important. You need to locate a solid ceiling joist to mount the swing to, and if you can not locate a solid ceiling joist in your chosen location, it's back to square one--with the right amount of space does not mean anything if it can not be safely installed .
"If you do not find a solid joist, installers danger attaching the swing mount to a ceiling that cannot support this, or worse--it will pull the ceiling down on the person sitting at the fold," Chenkin says. "When the only spot you have for a swing can not support the load, you need to consider an alternate location or using a mounting plate."
And you need to be cautious, because not all ceilings may hold the weight of a swing. When they look solid,"a few ceilings are strictly decorative," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings are not 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 additional support.
Step 3: Install (and Check!) |} the Mount
Once you've obtained your location--along with also a ceiling joist with proper support--it's time to install the mount. So, let us discuss weight requirements:"A single individual swing ought to have a mount of 600 pounds capacity or more," 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 test it out--yes, before you actually hang on the swing. "Test it with your entire body weight by hanging on the mount," he explains.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"After the mount is set up, attach the fold and then double-check the fold cable or ropes to ensure it's solid," Chenkin says. When you hang on the swing, then you'll need to make sure it's in the proper elevation --typically that must be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the floor.