Just try not to grin 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 trend expert, who happens to have some in her office. She is not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers equally are currently obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, who attributes the tendency to some rise in the energetic side of style:"It's the nervousness people get when they are decorating their homes that holds them back from being adventurous--I think people are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and trying to infuse a little extra adventure in your house in the kind of an indoor swing or hanging chair, here's what you need to understand. It's true, you can DIY it, but you have to understand what you're doing--take it from an expert. Alan Chenkin, a D.C.-based carpentry expert and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful about the swing-hanging process.|}
Step 1: Choose Your Location
Along with ensuring the swing itself can fit in your preferred place, you need to be sure that there's sufficient room about it. "Choose a place which allows for three or more feet of distance behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on either side to stop hitting a wall or railing," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Locate the Ceiling Joist
It may be the second step, but it is definitely the most important. You need to find a solid ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and if you can't find a solid ceiling joist in your favorite place, it is back to square one--having the right amount of space doesn't mean anything if it can't be safely installed there.
"If you do not find a solid joist, installers risk attaching the swing mount to a ceiling that cannot support this, or worse--it can pull the ceiling down on the man or woman sitting in the fold," Chenkin says. "When the only place you've got for a swing can't support the load, you have to take into account an alternate location or having a mounting plate"
And you have to be careful, because not all of ceilings can maintain the weight of a swing. When they look solid,"a few ceilings are purely cosmetic," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings are not meant to hold any real weight"
Chenkin also adds that you may have to mount a plank across the joists to"guarantee adequate support for your swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and also adding extra support.
Step 3: Install (and Check! ) ) |} the Mount
Once you've got your location--and also a ceiling joist with appropriate support--it is time to install the mount. So, let's discuss weight loss requirements:"A single person swing ought to have a mount of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin says, noting that a double fold requires two mounts.
Now, for your install. First, you have to pre-drill holes and use suitable lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you have to test it out--before you really hang the swing. "Test it together with your full body weight by hanging the mount," he explains.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the mount is installed, attach the fold and then double-check the fold cable or ropes to ensure it is solid," Chenkin says. When you hang the swing, you ought to make sure it's in the appropriate height--typically that must be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the floor.