Just try not to smile on a indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, spark imagination, and therefore are, of course, super comfy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident trend expert, who appears to have some in her workplace. She is not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers alike are now obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, that attributes the tendency to some increase in the playful side of design:"It is the nervousness folks get when they're decorating their houses that holds them back from being daring --I believe folks are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and looking to infuse a little extra adventure in your house in the form of a indoor swing or hanging seat, here is what you need to understand. It's true, you can DIY it, however you have to understand what you're doing--take it from a pro. pro and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful all about the swing-hanging process.|}
Step 1: Choose Your Location
Together with ensuring that the swing itself can fit in your preferred spot, you have to be sure there's sufficient room around it. "Choose a spot which allows for at least three feet of distance behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on either side to prevent hitting a wall or rail," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Locate the Ceiling Joist
It may be the second step, but it's definitely the most important. You need to locate a good ceiling joist to mount the swing to, and if you can not locate a good ceiling joist in your chosen place, it's back to square one--with the ideal amount of space doesn't mean anything if it can not be safely installed .
"If you don't find a good joist, installers risk attaching the swing bracket to a ceiling that cannot support it, or worse--it can pull the ceiling down on the man or woman sitting in the swing," Chenkin says. "When the only spot you've got to get a swing can not 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 of ceilings can maintain the weight of a swing. When they seem strong,"a few ceilings are purely cosmetic," he clarifies. "Most suspended ceilings are not designed to hold any real weight."
Chenkin also adds that you may have to mount a plank 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 got your location--along with also a ceiling joist with appropriate support--it's time to install the bracket. So, let's talk about weight loss demands:"A single individual swing should have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or longer," Chenkin says, noting a double swing requires two mounts.
Now, for the install. To begin with, 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 really hang on the swing. "Test it with your full body fat by hanging the bracket," he clarifies.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"After the bracket is installed, attach the swing and double-check the swing cable or ropes to make sure it's strong," Chenkin says. When you hang on the swing, you ought to make sure it's at the appropriate height--normally which must be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches in the ground.