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 trend expert, who appears to have a few in her workplace. She's not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers equally are currently obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, that attributes the tendency to a increase in the energetic side of design:"It is the nervousness folks get when they are decorating their houses that holds them back from being adventurous--I believe folks are letting go of the."
If you, too, are letting go and looking to infuse a little extra adventure into your home in the form of an indoor swing or hanging seat, here's what you want to understand. Yes, you can DIY it, but you have to understand what you're doing--choose it from an expert. 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
Along with ensuring that the swing itself may fit in your preferred spot, you need to be sure there's adequate room around it. "Choose a spot which 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: Locate the Ceiling Joist
It might be the second step, but it is definitely the most important. You want to find a solid ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and in the event that you can't find a solid ceiling joist in your chosen place, it is back to square one--having the ideal amount of space does not mean anything if it can't be safely installed there.
"If you do not find a solid joist, installers danger attaching the swing mount to a ceiling which can't support it, or worse--it can pull the ceiling down on the man or woman sitting at the swing," Chenkin states. "If the only spot you have to get a swing can't support the load, then you need to take into account an alternate location or using a mounting plate."
And you need to be careful, because not all of ceilings may hold the weight of a swing. When they seem strong,"some ceilings are purely cosmetic," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings are not meant to hold any actual weight."
Chenkin also adds that you might need to mount a plank across the joists to"guarantee adequate support for your swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and adding extra 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 mount. Thus, let us discuss weight loss requirements:"A single person swing ought to have a mount of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin states, noting a double swing requires two mounts.
Now, for your install. First, you need to pre-drill holes and use appropriate lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you need to test it out--yes, before you really hang on the swing. "Test it with your entire body weight by hanging on the mount," he explains.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the mount is set up, attach the swing and then double-check the swing cable or ropes to make sure it is strong," Chenkin states. When you hang on the swing, you ought to make sure it's in the proper height--normally which should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the ground.