Just try not to grin on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, spark imagination, and therefore are, obviously, super comfy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident fashion expert, who happens to have a few in her office. She is not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers equally are now obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, that attributes the tendency to some rise in the energetic side of style:"It is the nervousness people get when they are 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 experience into your home in the form of an indoor swing or hanging chair, here's what you want to understand. It's true, you can DIY it, but you need to understand what you're doing--take it from a pro. Alan Chenkin, a D.C.-based carpentry expert and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful about the swing-hanging process.|}
Step 1: Pick Your Location
Along with making sure the swing itself can fit in your chosen spot, you have to be sure there's sufficient room about it. "Pick a spot which allows for at least three feet of space behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on either side to stop hitting a wall or rail," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Locate the Ceiling Joist
It might be the second measure, but it's definitely the most significant. You want to locate a good ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and if you can't locate a good ceiling joist in your favorite location, it's back to square one--having the right amount of space doesn't mean anything if it can't be safely installed .
"If you do not find a good joist, installers risk attaching the swing bracket to a ceiling that cannot support this, or worse--it can pull the ceiling back on the person sitting at the fold," Chenkin states. "If the only spot you've got for a swing can't support the load, you need to consider an alternate location or using a mounting plate."
And you need to be careful, because not all ceilings can hold the weight of a swing. Even when they look solid,"a few ceilings are purely cosmetic," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings aren't designed to hold any real weight."
Chenkin also adds that you might need to mount a plank across the joists to"ensure adequate support for the swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and incorporating additional support.
Step 3: Install (and Check! ) ) |} the Mount
Once you've got your location--along with also a ceiling joist with appropriate support--it's time to set up the bracket. Thus, let us discuss weight loss demands:"A single person swing ought to have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin states, noting a double fold requires two mounts.
Now, for the install. To begin with, you need to pre-drill holes and utilize appropriate lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you need to test it out--before you actually hang on the swing. "Test it with your entire body weight by hanging on the bracket," he explains.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the bracket is set up, attach the fold and double-check the fold cable or ropes to ensure it's solid," Chenkin states. When you hang on the swing, then you ought to make sure it's at the appropriate height--typically that should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the ground.