Just try not to grin on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my childhood, spark creativity, and are, of course, super comfy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident fashion expert, who happens to have some in her workplace. 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 some increase in the playful side of style:"It's 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 adventure in your home in the kind of an indoor swing or hanging seat, here's what you need to know. Yes, you can DIY it, however you have to know what you are doing--choose it from an expert. Alan Chenkin, a D.C.-based carpentry expert and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful all about the swing-hanging procedure.|}
Step 1: Choose Your Location
Along with making sure the swing itself may fit in your preferred spot, you have to be sure that there's adequate room around it. "Choose a spot which 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 step, but it's definitely the most important. You need to locate a solid ceiling joist to mount the swing to, and if you can't locate a solid ceiling joist in your favorite location, it's back to square one--having the right amount of space does not mean anything if it can't be safely installed there.
"If you do not find a solid 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 man or woman sitting in the fold," Chenkin states. "When the only spot you have to get a swing can't support the load, you have to take into account another location or using a mounting plate"
And you have to be cautious, because not all of ceilings may maintain the weight of a swing. When they seem strong,"a few ceilings are purely cosmetic," he clarifies. "Most suspended ceilings aren't meant to hold any actual weight"
Chenkin also adds that you might have to mount a board across the joists to"guarantee 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 also a ceiling joist with proper support--it's time to set up the bracket. Thus, let us talk about weight requirements:"A single person swing ought to have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or longer," Chenkin states, noting a double fold necessitates two mounts.
Now, for your install. First, you have to pre-drill holes and utilize suitable lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you have to test it out--before you actually hang the swing. "Test it with your full body weight by hanging on the bracket," he clarifies.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the bracket is installed, attach the fold and then double-check the fold cable or ropes to ensure it's strong," Chenkin states. When you hang the swing, you ought to make sure it's at the proper elevation --normally which should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches in the ground.