Just try not to smile on a 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 happens to have some in her office. She's not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers equally are currently obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, that attributes the tendency to a rise in the playful side of style:"It is the nervousness people get when they are decorating their houses that holds them back from becoming daring --I believe people are letting go of the."
If you, too, are letting go and trying to infuse a little additional adventure in your house in the kind of a indoor swing or hanging chair, here's what you need to understand. Yes, you can DIY it, but you need to understand 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
Along with ensuring that the swing itself can fit in your preferred place, you have to make sure there's adequate room about it. "Choose a place 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: Locate 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 in the event that you can't 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't be safely installed .
"If you do not find a solid joist, installers danger attaching the swing bracket to a ceiling that cannot support this, or worse--it will pull the ceiling back on the man or woman sitting in the swing," Chenkin says. "If the only place you've got for a swing can't support the load, you need to consider an alternate location or having a mounting plate"
And you need to be careful, because not all of ceilings can hold the weight of a swing. Even when they look solid,"some ceilings are strictly decorative," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings aren't meant to hold any actual weight"
Chenkin also adds that you might need to mount a plank across the joists to"ensure adequate support for the swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and incorporating additional support.
Step 3: Install (and Check!) |} the Mount
Once you've got your location--and also a ceiling joist with appropriate support--it's time to set up the bracket. So, let us discuss weight loss requirements:"A single individual swing ought to have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or longer," Chenkin says, 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 test it out--yes, before you actually hang the swing. "Test it with your full body fat by hanging the bracket," he explains.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the bracket is installed, attach the swing and then double-check the swing cable or ropes to make sure it's solid," Chenkin says. When you hang the swing, then you'll need to make sure it's in the proper elevation --typically that should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the floor.