Just try not to smile on a indoor swing. "They remind me of my childhood, spark creativity, and are, of course, super comfy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident fashion expert, who happens to have a few in her office. She is not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers alike are currently obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, that attributes the tendency to a increase in the playful side of design:"It's the nervousness people get when they're decorating their houses that holds them back from becoming daring --I think people are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and trying to infuse a little extra adventure into your home in the kind of a indoor swing or hanging chair, here's what you want to know. It's true, you can DIY it, however you need to know what you are doing--take it from a pro. pro and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful all about the swing-hanging procedure.|}
Step 1: Choose Your Location
Together with ensuring that the swing itself can fit in your preferred spot, you have to be sure that there's sufficient room around it. "Choose 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 railing," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Find the Ceiling Joist
It might be the second measure, but it is definitely the most important. You want to locate a solid ceiling joist to mount the swing to, and in the event that you can't locate a solid ceiling joist in your favorite place, it is back to square one--having the right amount of space doesn't mean anything if it can't be safely installed there.
"If you don't find a solid joist, installers danger attaching the swing bracket to a ceiling that cannot support it, or worse--it will pull the ceiling back on the man or woman sitting in the fold," Chenkin states. "When the only spot you have for a swing can't support the load, then you need to consider another location or using a mounting plate."
And you need to be cautious, because not all ceilings can hold the weight of a swing. When they look solid,"some ceilings are strictly decorative," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings are not designed to hold any real weight."
Chenkin also adds that you may need to mount a board across the joists to"guarantee adequate support for the swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and adding extra support.
Step 3: Install (and Check! ) ) |} the Mount
Once you've obtained your place --and a ceiling joist with proper support--it is time to set up the bracket. Thus, let us talk about weight loss demands:"A single person swing should have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or longer," Chenkin states, noting a double fold requires two mounts.
Now, for the install. First, you need to pre-drill holes and use suitable lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you need to try it out--before you actually hang on the swing. "Test it with your full body weight by hanging the bracket," he explains.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the bracket is set up, attach the fold and double-check the fold cable or ropes to ensure it is solid," Chenkin states. When you hang on the swing, you'll need to make sure it's in the proper elevation --normally which should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches in the floor.