Just try not to grin on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my childhood, spark creativity, and therefore are, obviously, super comfy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident trend expert, who appears to have some in her office. 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 a increase in the playful side of style:"It's the nervousness folks get when they are decorating their homes that holds them back from being daring --I think folks are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and looking to infuse a little extra experience in your home in the kind of an indoor hanging or swing chair, here is what you need to know. It's true, you can DIY it, but you need to know what you're doing--take it from a pro. Alan Chenkin, a D.C.-based carpentry expert and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful all about the swing-hanging process.|}
Step 1: Choose Your Location
Along with making sure that the swing itself can fit in your preferred spot, you have to be sure there's adequate room about it. "Choose a spot that 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 railing," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Find the Ceiling Joist
It might be the second step, but it is definitely the most important. You need to find a solid ceiling joist to mount the swing to, and if you can't find a solid ceiling joist in your chosen place, it is back to square one--with 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 danger attaching the swing bracket to a ceiling that cannot support this, or worse--it will pull the ceiling back on the person sitting at the fold," Chenkin says. "If the only spot you have to get a swing can't support the load, then you need to take into account another location or having a mounting plate"
And you need to be careful, because not all ceilings can maintain the weight of a swing. Even when they seem solid,"a few ceilings are purely cosmetic," he clarifies. "Most suspended ceilings are not meant to hold any real weight"
Chenkin also adds that you might need to mount a board across the joists to"ensure adequate support for your swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and also adding extra support.
Step 3: Install (and Check! ) ) |} the Mount
As soon as you've obtained your location--and a ceiling joist with appropriate support--it is time to install the bracket. So, let us discuss weight requirements:"A single individual swing should have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin says, noting that a double fold necessitates two mounts.
Now, for your install. To begin with, you need to pre-drill holes and utilize suitable lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you need to try it out--before you actually hang the swing. "Test it with your full body fat by hanging 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 is solid," Chenkin says. When you hang the swing, then you'll need to make sure it's at the proper elevation --typically that must be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the floor.