Just try not to grin on a indoor swing. "They remind me of my childhood, spark imagination, and therefore are, of course, super comfy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident trend expert, who happens to have some in her workplace. She is not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers alike are currently obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, who attributes the trend to a increase 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 that."
If you, too, are letting go and looking to infuse a little extra adventure into your house in the kind of a indoor swing or hanging seat, here's what you need to understand. Yes, you can DIY it, but you have to understand what you are doing--choose it from an expert. pro and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful about the swing-hanging procedure.|}
Step 1: Choose Your Location
Together with making sure that the swing itself can fit in your chosen place, you need to make sure there's sufficient room around it. "Choose a place which allows for at least three feet of space behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on either side to prevent hitting a wall or rail," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Locate the Ceiling Joist
It may be the second measure, but it's definitely the most important. You need to find a solid ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and if you can not find a solid ceiling joist in your favorite location, it's back to square one--with the ideal 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 mount to a ceiling that cannot support it, or worse--it will pull the ceiling down on the man or woman sitting at the fold," Chenkin says. "When the only place you have for a swing can not support the load, then you have to take into account another location or having a mounting plate"
And you have to be careful, because not all of ceilings can maintain 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 have to mount a board across the joists to"ensure adequate support for your swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and incorporating extra support.
Step 3: Install (and Check! ) ) |} the Mount
As soon as you've got your place --and a ceiling joist with proper support--it's time to install the mount. So, let us talk about weight requirements:"A single person swing ought to have a mount of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin says, noting that a double fold requires two mounts.
Now, for your install. First, you have to pre-drill holes and utilize appropriate lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you have to test it out--before you actually hang on the swing. "Test it together with your full body weight by hanging the mount," he explains.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the mount is set up, attach the fold and double-check the fold cable or ropes to make sure it's solid," Chenkin says. When you hang on the swing, then you'll need to make sure it's at the appropriate elevation --typically that should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches in the ground.