Just try not to smile on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, spark creativity, and are, obviously, super comfy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident trend expert, who happens to have some in her workplace. She is not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers equally are now obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, who attributes the trend to a increase in the playful side of design:"It is the nervousness folks get when they're decorating their homes that holds them back from being adventurous--I believe folks are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and looking to infuse a little additional experience in your home in the form of an indoor hanging or swing chair, here's what you need to understand. Yes, you can DIY it, but you need to understand what you're doing--choose 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
Together with making sure that the swing itself can fit in your preferred spot, you need to make sure there's adequate room about it. "Choose a spot which allows for three or more feet of space behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on either side to prevent hitting a wall or rail," 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 good ceiling joist to mount the swing to, and if you can't find a good ceiling joist in your favorite location, it is back to square one--having the ideal amount of space does not mean anything if it can't be safely installed .
"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 back on the person sitting in the swing," Chenkin says. "When the only spot you've got for a swing can't support the load, you have to take into account an alternate location or using a mounting plate."
And you have to be careful, because not all ceilings can hold the weight of a swing. Even when they look strong,"a few ceilings are strictly decorative," he clarifies. "Most suspended ceilings are not meant to hold any actual weight."
Chenkin also adds that you might have 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 obtained your place --and a ceiling joist with appropriate support--it is time to set up the bracket. Thus, let us discuss weight loss requirements:"A single person swing should have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin says, noting that a double swing necessitates two mounts.
Now, for your install. To begin with, you have to pre-drill holes and use appropriate lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you have to test it out--before you actually hang on the swing. "Test it together with your full body fat by hanging the bracket," he clarifies.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the bracket is set up, attach the swing and double-check the swing cable or ropes to make sure it is strong," Chenkin says. When you hang on the swing, you ought to make sure it's at the appropriate elevation --typically that should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the floor.