Just try not to smile on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my childhood, spark creativity, and are, obviously, super cozy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident trend expert, who happens to have some in her workplace. She is not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers alike are now obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, who attributes the trend to a rise in the energetic side of style:"It is the nervousness people get when they're decorating their homes that holds them back from being adventurous--I believe people are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and trying to infuse a little additional adventure into your house in the form of an indoor hanging or swing seat, here's what you need to understand. It's true, you can DIY it, but you have to understand what you're 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
Together with making sure the swing itself can fit in your preferred spot, you have to make sure there's sufficient room around it. "Pick a spot which allows for at least three feet of space behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on either side to prevent hitting a wall or railing," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Find the Ceiling Joist
It might be the second measure, but it is definitely the most important. You need to find a good ceiling joist to mount the swing to, and in the event that you can't find a good ceiling joist in your chosen 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 good joist, installers risk attaching the swing bracket to a ceiling which can't support it, or worse--it can pull the ceiling back on the person sitting at the fold," Chenkin states. "When the only spot you've got to get a swing can't support the load, you have to take into account an alternate location or having a mounting plate."
And you have to be cautious, because not all ceilings can maintain the weight of a swing. When they look solid,"some ceilings are purely cosmetic," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings are not designed to hold any actual weight."
Chenkin also adds that you may have to mount a board across the joists to"ensure adequate support for your 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 --along with a ceiling joist with appropriate support--it is time to set up the bracket. So, let us talk about weight requirements:"A single person swing should have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin states, noting a double fold necessitates two mounts.
Now, for your install. First, you have to pre-drill holes and utilize appropriate lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you have to test it out--before you actually hang on the swing. "Test it with your entire body fat by hanging on the bracket," he explains.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the bracket is installed, attach the fold and then double-check the fold cable or ropes to make sure it is solid," Chenkin states. When you hang on the swing, you ought to make sure it's at the proper height--typically that must be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the floor.