Just try not to smile on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, spark imagination, and therefore are, obviously, super cozy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident fashion expert, who appears to have a few 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 some increase in the playful side of design:"It's the nervousness people get when they are 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 extra adventure into your home in the kind of an indoor hanging or swing seat, here's what you need to know. It's true, you can DIY it, however you have to know what you are doing--take it from a pro. pro and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful about the swing-hanging procedure.|}
Step 1: Pick Your Location
Along with making sure the swing itself may fit in your chosen place, you have to make sure that there's sufficient room around it. "Pick a place that allows for three or more feet of distance 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 measure, but it's definitely the most significant. You need to locate a solid ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and in the event that you can't locate a solid ceiling joist in your favorite location, it's back to square one--with the right amount of space doesn't mean anything if it can't be safely installed .
"If you don't find a solid 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 at the fold," Chenkin says. "When the only place you've got to get a swing can't support the load, you have to consider an alternate location or having a mounting plate"
And you have to be careful, because not all of ceilings may maintain the weight of a swing. Even when they look strong,"some ceilings are strictly decorative," he clarifies. "Most suspended ceilings aren't designed to hold any actual weight"
Chenkin also adds that you may have to mount a board across the joists to"guarantee adequate support for your swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and incorporating extra support.
Step 3: Install (and Check!) |} the Mount
Once you've got your location--and a ceiling joist with proper support--it's time to set up the bracket. Thus, let's discuss weight requirements:"A single individual swing should have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin says, noting that a double fold requires two mounts.
Now, for your install. First, you have to pre-drill holes and utilize suitable lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you have to try it out--yes, before you actually hang on the swing. "Test it with your entire body weight by hanging the bracket," he clarifies.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the bracket is set up, attach the fold and double-check the fold cable or ropes to make sure it's strong," Chenkin says. When you hang on the swing, you'll need to make sure it's in the proper elevation --typically that must be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches in the ground.