Just try not to grin on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my childhood, spark creativity, and are, obviously, super comfy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident trend expert, who happens to have a few in her office. She's not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers alike are currently obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, that attributes the trend to a increase in the playful side of style:"It's the nervousness people get when they are decorating their houses that holds them back from becoming adventurous--I think people are letting go of the."
If you, too, are letting go and trying to infuse a little extra adventure in your house in the kind of an indoor swing or hanging chair, here is what you want to know. It's true, you can DIY it, but you need to know 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 process.|}
Step 1: Pick Your Location
Along with making sure the swing itself may fit in your chosen spot, you have to make sure there's sufficient room around it. "Pick a spot which allows for three or more feet of distance 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 might be the second measure, but it is definitely the most important. You want to find a good ceiling joist to mount the swing to, and if you can't find a good ceiling joist in your chosen location, it is back to square one--having the right amount of space doesn't mean anything if it can't be safely installed .
"If you don't find a good joist, installers danger attaching the swing mount to a ceiling that cannot support it, or worse--it can pull the ceiling down on the person sitting in the swing," Chenkin states. "When the only spot you've got to get a swing can't support the load, you have to take into account an alternate location or using a mounting plate."
And you have to be careful, because not all of ceilings may maintain the weight of a swing. When they seem strong,"some ceilings are purely cosmetic," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings aren't designed to hold any actual weight."
Chenkin also adds that you might have to mount a board 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
As soon as you've obtained your location--and a ceiling joist with appropriate support--it is time to set up the mount. Thus, let us talk about weight loss demands:"A single individual swing ought to have a mount of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin states, noting that a double swing requires two mounts.
Now, for the install. First, you have to pre-drill holes and utilize appropriate lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you have to test it out--yes, before you actually hang the swing. "Test it with your entire body weight by hanging the mount," he explains.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"After the mount is installed, attach the swing and then double-check the swing cable or ropes to ensure it is strong," Chenkin states. When you hang the swing, you ought to make sure it's in the proper height--normally which should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the ground.