Just try not to smile on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my childhood, spark imagination, and therefore are, obviously, super comfy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident trend expert, who appears to have some in her office. She's not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers alike are currently obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, that attributes the tendency to some increase in the playful side of style:"It's the nervousness folks get when they are decorating their houses that holds them back from becoming adventurous--I think folks are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and trying to infuse a little extra experience in your home in the kind of an indoor hanging or swing chair, here's what you want to know. Yes, you can DIY it, but you have 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 about the swing-hanging process.|}
Step 1: Choose Your Location
Together with ensuring that the swing itself may fit in your chosen spot, you have to make sure that there's adequate room about it. "Choose a spot that allows for three or more feet of space behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on either side to stop hitting a wall or rail," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Find the Ceiling Joist
It may be the second measure, but it is definitely the most significant. You want to locate a solid ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and in the event that you can not locate a solid ceiling joist in your chosen location, it is back to square one--having the ideal amount of space does not mean anything if it can not be safely installed there.
"If you don't find a solid joist, installers danger attaching the swing bracket to a ceiling that cannot support this, or worse--it can pull the ceiling down on the man or woman sitting in the swing," Chenkin states. "If the only spot you've got to get a swing can not support the load, then you need to take into account another location or using a mounting plate"
And you need to be careful, because not all ceilings may hold the weight of a swing. Even when they look strong,"some ceilings are purely cosmetic," 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"ensure adequate support for the swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and also adding extra support.
Step 3: Install (and Check!) |} the Mount
As soon as you've got your location--and also a ceiling joist with proper support--it is time to install the bracket. Thus, let us talk about weight requirements:"A single individual swing ought to have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin states, noting that 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 test it out--yes, before you really hang on the swing. "Test it together with your entire body fat by hanging the bracket," he explains.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"After the bracket is installed, attach the swing and double-check the swing cable or ropes to ensure it is strong," Chenkin states. When you hang on the swing, you ought to make sure it's in the appropriate height--normally which must be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches in the floor.