Just try not to grin on a indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, spark imagination, and 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 alike are now obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, who attributes the tendency to some rise in the energetic side of design:"It's the nervousness people get when they are decorating their homes 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 into your home in the form of a indoor swing or hanging seat, here is what you need to know. Yes, you can DIY it, however you have to know what you are 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 making sure the swing itself can fit in your chosen place, you need to make sure there's sufficient room about it. "Choose a place which allows for at least three feet of distance 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 measure, but it is definitely the most significant. You need to find a solid ceiling joist to mount the swing to, and if you can't find a solid ceiling joist in your favorite location, it is back to square one--with the ideal amount of space does not mean anything if it can't be safely installed .
"If you do not find a solid joist, installers risk attaching the swing mount to a ceiling which can't support this, or worse--it will pull the ceiling down on the person sitting at the swing," Chenkin says. "If the only place you've got for a swing can't support the load, you have to take into account another location or using a mounting plate."
And you have to be cautious, because not all of ceilings can hold the weight of a swing. Even when they seem strong,"some ceilings are strictly decorative," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings aren't designed to hold any real weight."
Chenkin also adds that you might have to mount a plank across the joists to"ensure adequate support for your swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and adding additional support.
Step 3: Install (and Check! ) ) |} the Mount
Once you've obtained your place --and also a ceiling joist with appropriate support--it is time to set up the mount. So, let's talk about weight loss requirements:"A single person swing ought to have a mount of 600 pounds capacity or longer," Chenkin says, noting that a double swing requires two mounts.
Now, for your install. To begin with, you have to pre-drill holes and use appropriate lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you have to test it out--yes, before you really hang on the swing. "Test it with your full body fat by hanging on the mount," he explains.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the mount is set up, attach the swing and double-check the swing cable or ropes to ensure it is strong," Chenkin says. When you hang on the swing, you ought to make sure it's at the proper elevation --normally which must be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches in the ground.