Just try not to grin on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, spark creativity, and therefore are, of course, super comfy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident trend expert, who appears to have a few in her office. She is not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers equally are now obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, that attributes the trend to some rise in the energetic side of design:"It is the nervousness folks get when they are decorating their homes that holds them back from becoming daring --I think folks are letting go of the."
If you, too, are letting go and trying to infuse a little extra adventure into your home in the form of an indoor hanging or swing chair, here's what you want to understand. Yes, you can DIY it, however you have to understand 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 process.|}
Step 1: Choose Your Location
Together with ensuring that the swing itself may fit in your preferred spot, you have to be sure there's sufficient room about it. "Choose a spot which allows for three or more feet of space behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on each side to stop hitting a wall or rail," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Find the Ceiling Joist
It may be the second step, but it's definitely the most important. You want to find a good ceiling joist to mount the swing to, and if you can't find a good ceiling joist in your chosen place, it's back to square one--having the right amount of space doesn't mean anything if it can't be safely installed .
"If you don't find a good joist, installers danger attaching the swing bracket to a ceiling which can't support this, or worse--it will pull the ceiling down on the person sitting in the swing," Chenkin says. "When the only spot you have to get a swing can't support the load, then you have to consider an alternate location or using a mounting plate."
And you have to be careful, because not all ceilings may hold the weight of a swing. When they seem solid,"some ceilings are purely cosmetic," he clarifies. "Most suspended ceilings are not meant to hold any actual weight."
Chenkin also adds that you might have to mount a plank across the joists to"ensure adequate support for the swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and incorporating extra support.
Step 3: Install (and Check!) |} the Mount
As soon as you've got your place --along with a ceiling joist with appropriate support--it's time to set up the bracket. Thus, let's talk about weight requirements:"A single person swing should have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or longer," Chenkin says, noting a double swing necessitates two mounts.
Now, for the install. To begin with, 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 really hang the swing. "Test it together with your entire body weight by hanging the bracket," he clarifies.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"After the bracket is installed, attach the swing and then double-check the swing cable or ropes to ensure it's solid," Chenkin says. When you hang the swing, you ought to make sure it's at the appropriate height--typically that must be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the ground.