Just try not to grin on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my childhood, spark creativity, and therefore are, of course, super comfy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident fashion expert, who happens to have some in her office. She is not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers equally are currently obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, who attributes the trend to some increase in the energetic side of design:"It is 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 trying to infuse a little additional adventure in your house in the form of an indoor swing or hanging chair, here is what you need to know. It's true, you can DIY it, however you have to know what you are doing--take 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 ensuring the swing itself may fit in your preferred spot, you need to be sure there's adequate room about it. "Choose a spot that 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 railing," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Locate the Ceiling Joist
It might be the second step, but it is definitely the most significant. You need to locate a solid ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and if you can't locate a solid ceiling joist in your favorite location, it is back to square one--having the right amount of space does not mean anything if it can't be safely installed .
"If you do not find a solid joist, installers risk attaching the swing bracket to a ceiling that cannot support this, or worse--it can pull the ceiling down on the person sitting at the swing," Chenkin states. "If the only spot you have to get a swing can't support the load, you have to consider another location or using a mounting plate"
And you have to be careful, because not all ceilings may hold the weight of a swing. When they seem strong,"some ceilings are strictly decorative," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings are not meant to hold any real weight"
Chenkin also adds that you might have to mount a plank across the joists to"ensure adequate support for your swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and adding additional support.
Step 3: Install (and Check! ) ) |} the Mount
As soon as you've obtained your place --along with a ceiling joist with appropriate support--it is time to install the bracket. Thus, let us talk about weight demands:"A single person swing ought to have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin states, noting that a double swing necessitates two mounts.
Now, for your install. First, you have to pre-drill holes and use appropriate lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you have to test it out--yes, before you actually hang on the swing. "Test it together with your full body fat by hanging the bracket," he explains.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"After the bracket is set up, attach the swing and double-check the swing cable or ropes to ensure it is strong," Chenkin states. When you hang on the swing, you'll need to make sure it's at the appropriate elevation --typically that should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches in the ground.