Just try not to grin on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, spark imagination, and therefore are, obviously, super cozy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident fashion expert, who happens to have some in her office. She is not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers equally are now obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, who attributes the tendency to a increase in the playful side of style:"It is the nervousness folks get when they're decorating their houses that holds them back from being adventurous--I think folks are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and looking to infuse a little additional experience in your house in the kind of an indoor swing or hanging seat, here's what you need to know. It's true, you can DIY it, but you need to know what you're doing--choose it from a pro. pro and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful all about the swing-hanging process.|}
Step 1: Choose Your Location
Along with making sure the swing itself can fit in your preferred spot, you have to be sure there's sufficient room around it. "Choose a spot that allows for three or more feet of space behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on each side to prevent 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 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 chosen location, it is back to square one--with the ideal amount of space doesn't mean anything if it can't be safely installed .
"If you don't find a solid joist, installers risk attaching the swing mount to a ceiling that cannot support it, or worse--it can pull the ceiling back on the person sitting in the swing," Chenkin states. "When the only spot you've got to get a swing can't support the load, you need to consider another location or having a mounting plate"
And you need to be cautious, because not all of ceilings can hold the weight of a swing. Even when they seem strong,"a few ceilings are purely cosmetic," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings are not designed to hold any real weight"
Chenkin also adds that you may need to mount a board across the joists to"guarantee adequate support for the swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and also 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 install the mount. Thus, let's discuss weight loss demands:"A single individual swing should have a mount of 600 pounds capacity or longer," Chenkin states, noting that a double swing requires two mounts.
Now, for the install. To begin with, 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 on the swing. "Test it with your full body weight by hanging the mount," he explains.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"After the mount is set up, attach the swing and then double-check the swing cable or ropes to make sure it is strong," Chenkin states. When you hang on the swing, you'll need to make sure it's at the appropriate elevation --normally which should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the floor.