Just try not to grin on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my childhood, spark creativity, and are, of course, super cozy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident fashion expert, who appears to have a few in her office. She's 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 energetic side of design:"It's the nervousness people get when they are decorating their houses that holds them back from being adventurous--I believe people are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and trying 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. It's true, you can DIY it, however you have to understand what you are doing--take it from a pro. pro and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful about the swing-hanging procedure.|}
Step 1: Pick Your Location
Together with ensuring the swing itself can fit in your chosen place, you need to make sure that there's adequate room around it. "Pick a place 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 railing," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Find the Ceiling Joist
It may be the second step, but it's definitely the most important. You want to locate a solid ceiling joist to mount the swing to, and if you can't locate a solid ceiling joist in your favorite location, it's back to square one--having the ideal amount of space doesn't mean anything if it can't be safely installed .
"If you do not find a solid joist, installers danger attaching the swing mount to a ceiling that cannot support it, or worse--it will pull the ceiling down on the man or woman sitting in the swing," Chenkin says. "If the only place you have to get a swing can't support the load, you have to consider 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. When they look solid,"a few ceilings are strictly decorative," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings aren't designed to hold any real weight."
Chenkin also adds that you might have to mount a board across the joists to"ensure adequate support for your swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and also adding additional support.
Step 3: Install (and Check! ) ) |} the Mount
Once you've got your place --along with also a ceiling joist with appropriate support--it's time to set up the mount. So, let us talk about weight demands:"A single person swing should have a mount of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin says, noting a double swing necessitates two mounts.
Now, for your install. To begin with, you have to pre-drill holes and use suitable lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you have to test it out--yes, before you really hang the swing. "Test it with your entire body fat by hanging on the mount," he explains.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"After the mount is set up, attach the swing and then double-check the swing cable or ropes to make sure it's solid," Chenkin says. When you hang the swing, you'll need to make sure it's at the proper elevation --normally which should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches in the ground.