Just try not to grin on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my childhood, spark imagination, and are, obviously, super comfy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident trend expert, who appears to have some in her office. She is 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 rise in the playful side of style:"It's the nervousness folks get when they're decorating their houses that holds them back from becoming daring --I think folks are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and looking to infuse a little additional experience into your house in the kind of an indoor hanging or swing seat, here is what you need to know. Yes, you can DIY it, but you have 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 all about the swing-hanging process.|}
Step 1: Choose Your Location
Together with making sure that the swing itself can fit in your chosen spot, you need to make sure there's adequate room around it. "Choose a spot which allows for at least three feet of distance behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on either side to prevent hitting a wall or rail," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Locate the Ceiling Joist
It might be the second step, but it is definitely the most significant. You need to locate a good ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and if you can't locate a good ceiling joist in your favorite location, it is back to square one--having the ideal amount of space does not mean anything if it can't be safely installed .
"If you do not find a good joist, installers danger attaching the swing bracket to a ceiling which can't support it, or worse--it will pull the ceiling back on the man or woman sitting in the swing," Chenkin states. "When the only spot you have to get a swing can't support the load, you need to consider an alternate location or having a mounting plate"
And you need to be cautious, because not all ceilings can hold the weight of a swing. When they look solid,"some ceilings are strictly decorative," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings are not meant to hold any real weight"
Chenkin also adds that you might need to mount a board across the joists to"guarantee adequate support for the swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and adding additional support.
Step 3: Install (and Check! ) ) |} the Mount
Once you've obtained your location--and a ceiling joist with proper support--it is time to set up the bracket. Thus, let us discuss weight demands:"A single person swing should have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin states, noting a double swing requires two mounts.
Now, for the 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 on the swing. "Test it with your entire body fat by hanging on the bracket," he explains.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the bracket is installed, attach the swing and double-check the swing cable or ropes to make sure it is solid," Chenkin states. When you hang on the swing, you ought to make sure it's in the appropriate height--normally which should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the ground.