Just try not to grin on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, spark creativity, and are, of course, super comfy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident trend expert, who appears to have some in her workplace. She's not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers equally are currently obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, that attributes the tendency to some increase in the energetic side of style:"It's the nervousness people get when they are decorating their houses that holds them back from becoming adventurous--I think people are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and looking to infuse a little additional experience into your home in the form of an indoor swing or hanging chair, here's what you need to know. Yes, you can DIY it, however you need 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 about the swing-hanging procedure.|}
Step 1: Pick Your Location
Together with making sure that the swing itself may fit in your preferred place, you need to make sure there's adequate room about it. "Pick a place which allows for at least three 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: Locate the Ceiling Joist
It may be the second step, but it is definitely the most important. You need to find a solid ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and if you can not find a solid ceiling joist in your chosen location, it is back to square one--with the right amount of space doesn't mean anything if it can not be safely installed .
"If you do not find a solid joist, installers risk attaching the swing mount to a ceiling that cannot support it, or worse--it will pull the ceiling back on the person sitting at 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 hold the weight of a swing. Even when they look solid,"a few ceilings are purely cosmetic," he clarifies. "Most suspended ceilings aren't meant to hold any real weight."
Chenkin also adds that you may need to mount a plank across the joists to"ensure adequate support for your swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and incorporating additional support.
Step 3: Install (and Check! ) ) |} the Mount
As soon as you've obtained your place --and a ceiling joist with proper support--it is time to install the mount. So, let us discuss weight demands:"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 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 clarifies.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the mount is set up, attach the swing and double-check the swing cable or ropes to ensure it is solid," Chenkin says. When you hang on the swing, you'll need to make sure it's in the appropriate height--typically that must be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the floor.