Just try not to smile on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my childhood, spark imagination, and therefore are, obviously, super comfy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident trend 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 tendency to a rise in the energetic side of design:"It is the nervousness people get when they're decorating their houses that holds them back from becoming adventurous--I think people are letting go of the."
If you, too, are letting go and looking to infuse a little additional experience into your house in the form of an indoor swing or hanging chair, here's what you need to know. It's true, you can DIY it, but you have to know what you are 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 procedure.|}
Step 1: Choose Your Location
Along with making sure that the swing itself can fit in your chosen place, you have to be sure that there's adequate room around it. "Choose a place which 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 railing," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Locate the Ceiling Joist
It may be the second measure, but it's definitely the most significant. You need to locate a good ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and if you can not 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 not be safely installed .
"If you do not 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 down on the person sitting in the fold," Chenkin states. "If the only place you have to get a swing can not support the load, then you have to consider another location or using a mounting plate"
And you have to be careful, because not all of ceilings can hold the weight of a swing. When they seem strong,"a few ceilings are strictly decorative," he clarifies. "Most suspended ceilings aren't designed to hold any actual weight"
Chenkin also adds that you might have to mount a plank across the joists to"guarantee 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 place --and a ceiling joist with proper support--it's time to install the bracket. So, let us discuss weight loss requirements:"A single individual swing ought to have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin states, noting that a double fold necessitates two mounts.
Now, for the 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 really hang on the swing. "Test it with your entire body weight by hanging the bracket," he clarifies.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"After the bracket is installed, attach the fold and then double-check the fold cable or ropes to make sure it's strong," Chenkin states. When you hang on the swing, you'll need to make sure it's in the proper height--normally which should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches in the ground.