Just try not to grin on a indoor swing. "They remind me of my childhood, spark creativity, and are, obviously, super cozy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident fashion expert, who appears to have a few in her workplace. She is not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers equally are now obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, that attributes the tendency to a rise in the playful side of design:"It's the nervousness people get when they are decorating their houses that holds them back from becoming adventurous--I believe people are letting go of the."
If you, too, are letting go and trying to infuse a little additional adventure in your home in the form of a indoor swing or hanging seat, here's what you need to understand. It's true, you can DIY it, however you need 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 procedure.|}
Step 1: Choose Your Location
Along with ensuring the swing itself may fit in your preferred place, you need to be sure there's adequate room around it. "Choose a place which allows for three or more feet of space behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on each side to stop hitting a wall or rail," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Find the Ceiling Joist
It might be the second step, but it's definitely the most significant. You need to find a good ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and if you can not find a good ceiling joist in your chosen location, it's back to square one--having the right amount of space does not mean anything if it can not be safely installed there.
"If you don't find a good joist, installers risk attaching the swing mount to a ceiling that cannot support this, or worse--it can pull the ceiling down on the person sitting at the swing," Chenkin says. "If the only place you have for a swing can not support the load, you have to consider an alternate location or using a mounting plate."
And you have to be careful, because not all of ceilings may hold the weight of a swing. Even when they look solid,"some ceilings are strictly decorative," he clarifies. "Most suspended ceilings are not meant to hold any actual weight."
Chenkin also adds that you may have to mount a board across the joists to"ensure adequate support for the swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and also incorporating additional support.
Step 3: Install (and Check! ) ) |} the Mount
Once you've obtained your place --and a ceiling joist with proper support--it's time to set up the mount. So, let us talk about weight requirements:"A single individual swing ought to have a mount of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin says, noting a double swing necessitates two mounts.
Now, for the 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--yes, before you really hang on the swing. "Test it together with your full body fat by hanging the mount," he clarifies.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"After the mount is installed, attach the swing and double-check the swing cable or ropes to make sure it's solid," Chenkin says. When you hang on the swing, you'll need to make sure it's at the proper elevation --normally which must be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the ground.