Just try not to smile on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, spark creativity, and are, obviously, super comfy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident fashion expert, who happens to have a few in her workplace. She's not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers alike are currently obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, that attributes the trend to some increase in the playful side of style:"It's the nervousness people get when they are decorating their houses that holds them back from becoming daring --I think people are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and looking to infuse a little additional experience in your home in the form 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 are doing--choose it from a pro. Alan Chenkin, a D.C.-based carpentry expert and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful about the swing-hanging procedure.|}
Step 1: Pick Your Location
Along with making sure that the swing itself may fit in your chosen place, you have to make sure there's adequate room around it. "Pick a place that allows for three or more feet of distance behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on each side to prevent hitting a wall or rail," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Locate the Ceiling Joist
It may be the second step, but it is definitely the most significant. You need to find a good ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and if you can not find a good ceiling joist in your favorite place, it is back to square one--having the ideal amount of space doesn't mean anything if it can not be safely installed .
"If you don't find a good 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 man or woman sitting in the swing," Chenkin says. "When the only place you have to get a swing can not support the load, then you need to consider another location or using a mounting plate."
And you need to be careful, because not all ceilings may maintain the weight of a swing. Even when they seem strong,"a few ceilings are purely cosmetic," he clarifies. "Most suspended ceilings aren't designed to hold any real weight."
Chenkin also adds that you may need to mount a plank across the joists to"guarantee adequate support for your swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and adding additional support.
Step 3: Install (and Check!) |} the Mount
As soon as you've obtained your location--and also a ceiling joist with proper support--it is time to install the mount. So, let us discuss weight loss requirements:"A single person swing should have a mount of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin says, noting that a double swing necessitates two mounts.
Now, for your install. First, you need to pre-drill holes and utilize appropriate lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you need to try it out--before you actually hang on the swing. "Test it together with your full body weight by hanging the mount," he clarifies.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the mount is set up, attach the swing and double-check the swing cable or ropes to make sure it is strong," Chenkin says. When you hang on the swing, then you'll need to make sure it's at the appropriate height--normally which should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches in the ground.