Just try not to smile on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, spark creativity, and therefore are, obviously, super cozy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident trend expert, who happens to have a few in her workplace. She's not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers equally are now obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, that attributes the trend to a rise in the energetic side of design:"It's the nervousness folks get when they are decorating their homes that holds them back from becoming adventurous--I think 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 an indoor hanging or swing seat, here is what you need to know. Yes, you can DIY it, however you need to know what you are doing--choose it from an expert. pro and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful about the swing-hanging process.|}
Step 1: Pick Your Location
Together with ensuring that the swing itself can fit in your chosen spot, you have to make sure that there's sufficient room around it. "Pick a spot that 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 railing," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Find the Ceiling Joist
It might be the second step, but it is definitely the most important. You need to locate a solid ceiling joist to mount the swing to, and in the event that you can't locate a solid ceiling joist in your favorite place, it is back to square one--having the ideal amount of space doesn't 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 that cannot support this, or worse--it can pull the ceiling back on the man or woman sitting at the swing," Chenkin says. "If the only spot you have for a swing can't support the load, then you need to take into account another location or using a mounting plate."
And you need to be cautious, because not all ceilings can hold the weight of a swing. When they look strong,"a few ceilings are purely cosmetic," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings are not meant 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 extra support.
Step 3: Install (and Check! ) ) |} the Mount
Once you've got your location--and also a ceiling joist with proper support--it is time to install the mount. So, let us discuss weight loss demands:"A single individual swing ought to have a mount of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin says, noting that a double swing necessitates two mounts.
Now, for your install. First, you need to pre-drill holes and utilize suitable lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you need to test it out--before you really hang the swing. "Test it together with your full body weight by hanging the mount," he explains.
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 is strong," Chenkin says. When you hang the swing, you ought to make sure it's in the appropriate elevation --typically that must be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches in the ground.