Just try not to grin on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my childhood, spark imagination, and therefore are, obviously, super comfy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident fashion expert, who happens to have some in her workplace. She's not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers alike are currently obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, who attributes the trend to a increase in the playful side of style:"It's the nervousness people get when they're decorating their houses that holds them back from being adventurous--I think people are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and looking to infuse a little extra experience into your house in the form of an indoor swing or hanging chair, here is what you want to know. Yes, you can DIY it, but you have 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 all about the swing-hanging process.|}
Step 1: Choose Your Location
Together with making sure the swing itself can fit in your preferred place, you need to make sure that there's adequate room about it. "Choose a place which allows for at least three feet of distance 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 may be the second step, but it is definitely the most important. You want to find a solid ceiling joist to mount the swing to, and in the event that 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 there.
"If you do not find a solid joist, installers danger attaching the swing mount to a ceiling that cannot support it, or worse--it will pull the ceiling back on the man or woman sitting in the fold," Chenkin says. "When the only place you've got to get a swing can't support the load, you need to consider an alternate location or having a mounting plate."
And you need to be cautious, because not all ceilings can hold the weight of a swing. When they seem strong,"a few ceilings are purely cosmetic," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings are not meant to hold any actual weight."
Chenkin also adds that you might need to mount a plank across the joists to"ensure adequate support for your swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and adding extra support.
Step 3: Install (and Check! ) ) |} the Mount
As soon as you've obtained your location--along with also a ceiling joist with appropriate support--it is time to install the mount. So, let us discuss weight requirements:"A single person swing ought to have a mount of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin says, noting that a double fold requires two mounts.
Now, for your install. First, you need to pre-drill holes and utilize suitable lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you need to try it out--before you really hang on the swing. "Test it with your entire body weight by hanging the mount," he explains.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"After the mount is set up, attach the fold and double-check the fold cable or ropes to ensure it is strong," Chenkin says. When you hang on the swing, then you ought to make sure it's in the proper elevation --normally which must be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches in the floor.