Just try not to smile on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my childhood, spark imagination, and are, obviously, super cozy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident trend expert, who appears to have some in her workplace. She's 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 energetic side of design:"It's the nervousness people get when they are decorating their homes that holds them back from being daring --I believe people are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and looking to infuse a little additional adventure in your home in the kind of an indoor swing or hanging seat, here is what you want to understand. Yes, you can DIY it, however you need to understand what you're doing--take it from an expert. Alan Chenkin, a D.C.-based carpentry expert and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful about the swing-hanging procedure.|}
Step 1: Choose Your Location
Along with making sure that the swing itself can fit in your chosen place, you have to be sure that there's adequate room about it. "Choose a place which allows for at least three feet of space behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on either side to stop hitting a wall or rail," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Locate the Ceiling Joist
It may be the second measure, but it's definitely the most significant. You want to locate a good ceiling joist to mount the swing to, and in the event that you can not locate a good ceiling joist in your chosen location, it's back to square one--with the right amount of space doesn't mean anything if it can not be safely installed there.
"If you do not find a good joist, installers danger attaching the swing mount 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. "If the only place you have for a swing can not support the load, then you need to consider an alternate location or using a mounting plate."
And you need to be cautious, because not all ceilings can hold the weight of a swing. Even when they look solid,"a few ceilings are strictly decorative," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings are not designed to hold any actual weight."
Chenkin also adds that you may need to mount a plank across the joists to"ensure 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 location--and also a ceiling joist with proper support--it's time to set up the mount. Thus, let's discuss weight loss demands:"A single person swing ought to have a mount of 600 pounds capacity or longer," Chenkin states, noting a double fold 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--before you really hang on the swing. "Test it with your full body fat by hanging the mount," he explains.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the mount is set up, attach the fold and then double-check the fold cable or ropes to make sure it's 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 from the floor.