Just try not to grin on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my childhood, spark imagination, and are, of course, super comfy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident fashion expert, who appears to have some in her office. She's not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers alike are now obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, that attributes the trend to a increase in the playful side of style:"It's the nervousness folks get when they're decorating their houses that holds them back from being adventurous--I think folks are letting go of the."
If you, too, are letting go and looking to infuse a little additional experience into your house in the kind of an indoor swing or hanging seat, here is what you need to understand. It's true, you can DIY it, but you have 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: Pick Your Location
Together with making sure the swing itself may fit in your chosen spot, you have to be sure 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 either side to prevent hitting a wall or railing," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Locate the Ceiling Joist
It may be the second measure, but it's definitely the most significant. You need to find a solid ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and if you can't find a solid ceiling joist in your chosen location, it's back to square one--having the right 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 person sitting in the swing," Chenkin says. "When 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 cautious, because not all of ceilings may hold the weight of a swing. Even when they look solid,"some ceilings are purely cosmetic," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings are not meant to hold any real weight"
Chenkin also adds that you may need to mount a plank across the joists to"guarantee adequate support for your swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and adding additional support.
Step 3: Install (and Check! ) ) |} the Mount
As soon as you've obtained your location--and also a ceiling joist with proper support--it's time to install the mount. Thus, let us discuss weight requirements:"A single person swing should have a mount of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin says, noting that a double swing requires two mounts.
Now, for your install. First, you need to pre-drill holes and utilize appropriate lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you need to test it out--yes, before you really hang on the swing. "Test it together with your full body weight by hanging the mount," he explains.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"After the mount is set up, attach the swing and double-check the swing cable or ropes to ensure it's solid," Chenkin says. When you hang on the swing, you'll need to make sure it's in the appropriate height--typically that must be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the floor.