Just try not to smile on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, spark imagination, and therefore are, of course, super comfy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident trend expert, who appears to have some in her office. She's not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers equally are currently obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, that attributes the trend to a increase in the playful side of design:"It's the nervousness people get when they're decorating their homes that holds them back from becoming adventurous--I believe people 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 hanging or swing chair, here is what you want to know. It's true, you can DIY it, however you have to know what you're doing--take it from an expert. pro and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful all about the swing-hanging process.|}
Step 1: Pick Your Location
Together with ensuring the swing itself can fit in your chosen spot, you need to make sure there's sufficient room around it. "Pick a spot that allows for three or more feet of distance behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on either side to prevent hitting a wall or rail," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Locate the Ceiling Joist
It might be the second step, but it's definitely the most significant. You want to locate a good ceiling joist to mount the swing to, and if you can't locate a good ceiling joist in your chosen location, it's back to square one--having the ideal amount of space does not mean anything if it can't be safely installed there.
"If you don't find a good joist, installers danger attaching the swing bracket to a ceiling which can't support this, or worse--it can pull the ceiling back on the person sitting in the swing," Chenkin says. "If the only spot you've got for a swing can't support the load, then you have to take into account an alternate location or having a mounting plate."
And you have to be cautious, because not all ceilings can maintain the weight of a swing. When they look strong,"a few ceilings are strictly decorative," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings are not designed to hold any actual weight."
Chenkin also adds that you may have to mount a plank across the joists to"ensure adequate support for your swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and also incorporating additional support.
Step 3: Install (and Check!) |} the Mount
As soon as you've obtained your location--along with a ceiling joist with proper support--it's time to install the bracket. So, let's discuss weight requirements:"A single person swing ought to have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin says, noting a double swing necessitates two mounts.
Now, for your install. First, you have to pre-drill holes and utilize appropriate lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you have to test it out--yes, before you actually hang the swing. "Test it together with your full body weight by hanging the bracket," he explains.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the bracket is installed, attach the swing and double-check the swing cable or ropes to make sure it's strong," Chenkin says. When you hang the swing, then you'll need to make sure it's in the appropriate elevation --normally which must be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches in the floor.