Just try not to smile on a indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, 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's not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers alike are now obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, who attributes the trend to some increase in the playful side of style:"It's the nervousness folks get when they are decorating their houses 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 experience into your home in the kind of a indoor swing or hanging chair, here's what you need to understand. Yes, you can DIY it, but you need to understand what you are doing--take it from a pro. Alan Chenkin, a D.C.-based carpentry expert and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful all about the swing-hanging procedure.|}
Step 1: Pick Your Location
Together with ensuring the swing itself can fit in your preferred place, you have to make sure there's adequate room about it. "Pick 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 railing," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Find the Ceiling Joist
It may be the second step, but it is definitely the most significant. You need to find a solid ceiling joist to mount the swing to, and in the event that you can not find a solid ceiling joist in your chosen location, it is back to square one--with the right amount of space does not mean anything if it can not be safely installed there.
"If you do not find a solid joist, installers risk attaching the swing bracket to a ceiling which can't support this, or worse--it will pull the ceiling down on the man or woman sitting in the swing," Chenkin states. "When the only place you have for a swing can not support the load, then you need to consider an alternate location or having a mounting plate"
And you need to be careful, because not all of ceilings can hold the weight of a swing. When they seem strong,"a few ceilings are purely cosmetic," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings aren't meant to hold any real weight"
Chenkin also adds that you might need to mount a plank across the joists to"ensure adequate support for the swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and also incorporating extra support.
Step 3: Install (and Check!) |} the Mount
Once you've obtained your location--and a ceiling joist with appropriate support--it is time to install the bracket. Thus, let's discuss weight loss requirements:"A single person swing ought to have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin states, noting a double swing necessitates two mounts.
Now, for the 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 on the swing. "Test it together with your entire body weight by hanging on the bracket," he explains.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the bracket is set up, attach the swing and double-check the swing cable or ropes to ensure it is strong," Chenkin states. When you hang on 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.