Just try not to grin on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, spark creativity, and therefore are, of course, super cozy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident trend expert, who happens to have a few in her workplace. She is not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers alike are currently obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, who attributes the trend to some rise in the playful side of style:"It's the nervousness people get when they are decorating their homes that holds them back from being daring --I believe people are letting go of the."
If you, too, are letting go and trying to infuse a little additional adventure in your house in the kind of an indoor hanging or swing seat, here is what you want to know. Yes, you can DIY it, but you need to know what you're doing--take it from an expert. pro and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful about the swing-hanging procedure.|}
Step 1: Pick Your Location
Along with making sure that the swing itself may fit in your chosen spot, you have to be sure there's sufficient room around it. "Pick a spot which allows for three or more feet of space behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on each side to stop hitting a wall or rail," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Find the Ceiling Joist
It may be the second step, but it is definitely the most significant. You want to find a good ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and if you can't find a good ceiling joist in your chosen place, it is back to square one--with the right amount of space doesn't 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 that cannot support this, or worse--it can pull the ceiling down on the man or woman sitting at the swing," Chenkin says. "If the only spot you have to get a swing can't support the load, then you need to consider an alternate location or having a mounting plate."
And you need to be cautious, because not all ceilings may maintain the weight of a swing. Even when they seem solid,"a few ceilings are strictly decorative," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings are not meant to hold any real weight."
Chenkin also adds that you may need to mount a board across the joists to"guarantee adequate support for your swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and adding additional support.
Step 3: Install (and Check!) |} the Mount
Once you've got your place --along with also a ceiling joist with proper support--it is time to install the bracket. So, let's discuss weight requirements:"A single individual swing should have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or longer," Chenkin says, noting that a double swing requires two mounts.
Now, for your install. To begin with, you need to pre-drill holes and use suitable lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you need to try it out--yes, before you actually hang on the swing. "Test it with your entire body weight by hanging the bracket," he explains.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"After the bracket is installed, attach the swing and then double-check the swing cable or ropes to make sure it is solid," Chenkin says. When you hang on the swing, then you'll need to make sure it's at the appropriate height--typically that must be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches in the floor.