Just try not to smile on a indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, spark imagination, and are, of course, super cozy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident trend expert, who happens to have some in her office. She's not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers equally are currently obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, that attributes the trend to some rise in the playful side of design:"It is the nervousness folks get when they are decorating their homes that holds them back from being daring --I believe folks are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and trying to infuse a little extra experience in your home in the kind of a indoor hanging or swing seat, here is what you want to know. It's true, you can DIY it, but you have to know what you are doing--take it from a pro. pro and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful all about the swing-hanging procedure.|}
Step 1: Choose Your Location
Along with ensuring the swing itself can fit in your chosen place, you have to make sure there's adequate room about it. "Choose a place 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 rail," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Locate the Ceiling Joist
It might be the second measure, but it is definitely the most important. You want to find a solid ceiling joist to mount the swing to, and in the event that you can't find a solid ceiling joist in your chosen place, it is back to square one--having the right amount of space does not mean anything if it can't 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't support the load, you need to take into account another location or using a mounting plate."
And you need to be careful, because not all of ceilings can maintain the weight of a swing. Even when they seem strong,"some ceilings are purely cosmetic," he clarifies. "Most suspended ceilings aren't designed 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 also adding extra support.
Step 3: Install (and Check! ) ) |} the Mount
As soon as you've obtained your place --and a ceiling joist with proper support--it is time to install the bracket. So, let's talk about weight requirements:"A single person swing should have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or longer," Chenkin states, noting that a double swing necessitates two mounts.
Now, for your install. First, you need to pre-drill holes and use appropriate lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you need to test it out--before you really hang on the swing. "Test it with your full body fat by hanging the bracket," he clarifies.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the bracket is installed, attach the swing and then double-check the swing cable or ropes to make sure it is strong," Chenkin states. When you hang on the swing, you'll need to make sure it's at the appropriate height--typically that should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the floor.