Just try not to smile on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my childhood, spark creativity, and therefore are, of course, super cozy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident fashion expert, who appears to have some in her workplace. She's not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers alike are now obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, that attributes the trend to a rise in the playful side of style:"It is the nervousness folks get when they are decorating their homes that holds them back from becoming daring --I think folks are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and trying to infuse a little additional experience in your home in the kind of an indoor swing or hanging chair, here's what you want to know. It's true, you can DIY it, however you have to know what you're 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: Pick Your Location
Together with ensuring the swing itself can fit in your preferred place, you have to make sure that there's sufficient room about it. "Pick a place that allows for at least three feet of distance behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on either side to stop hitting a wall or rail," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Find the Ceiling Joist
It may be the second step, but it's definitely the most significant. You want to find a solid ceiling joist to mount the swing to, and if you can't find a solid ceiling joist in your chosen place, it's back to square one--with the ideal amount of space doesn't mean anything if it can't be safely installed there.
"If you don't 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 states. "When the only place you've got to get a swing can't support the load, then you have to consider another location or having a mounting plate"
And you have to be careful, because not all of ceilings can hold the weight of a swing. Even when they look strong,"some ceilings are strictly decorative," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings aren't meant to hold any real weight"
Chenkin also adds that you may have to mount a plank across the joists to"guarantee adequate support for the swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and incorporating additional support.
Step 3: Install (and Check!) |} the Mount
As soon as you've got your place --along with a ceiling joist with appropriate support--it's time to install the mount. Thus, let us talk about weight loss demands:"A single individual swing should have a mount of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin states, noting that a double swing necessitates two mounts.
Now, for the install. First, you have to pre-drill holes and utilize appropriate lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you have to try it out--yes, before you really hang the swing. "Test it together with your entire body fat by hanging on the mount," he explains.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"After the mount is installed, attach the swing and then double-check the swing cable or ropes to ensure it's strong," Chenkin states. When you hang the swing, then you'll need to make sure it's in the appropriate height--normally which must be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the floor.