Just try not to smile on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my childhood, spark imagination, and therefore are, obviously, super comfy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident trend 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, who attributes the tendency to a increase in the energetic side of style:"It is the nervousness people get when they are decorating their houses that holds them back from being adventurous--I think people are letting go of the."
If you, too, are letting go and looking to infuse a little extra experience into your home in the kind of an indoor hanging or swing seat, here's what you want to know. Yes, you can DIY it, however you have to know what you are doing--choose it from a pro. Alan Chenkin, a D.C.-based carpentry expert and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful about the swing-hanging procedure.|}
Step 1: Choose Your Location
Along with ensuring the swing itself can fit in your preferred place, you have to be sure that there's adequate room about it. "Choose a place that allows for at least three feet of distance 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 measure, but it's definitely the most important. You want to locate a solid ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and in the event that you can't locate a solid ceiling joist in your chosen location, it's back to square one--with the right amount of space does not mean anything if it can't be safely installed .
"If you don't find a solid joist, installers danger attaching the swing mount to a ceiling which can't support it, or worse--it will pull the ceiling back on the man or woman sitting at the swing," Chenkin says. "When the only place you've got to get a swing can't support the load, you have to consider another location or using a mounting plate"
And you have to be cautious, because not all ceilings can hold 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 real weight"
Chenkin also adds that you may have to mount a board across the joists to"guarantee 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 also a ceiling joist with proper support--it's time to set up the mount. Thus, let us discuss weight requirements:"A single person swing ought to have a mount of 600 pounds capacity or longer," Chenkin says, 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 try it out--before you really hang the swing. "Test it together with your full body weight by hanging on the mount," he clarifies.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"After the mount is installed, attach the swing and double-check the swing cable or ropes to make sure it's strong," Chenkin says. When you hang the swing, you'll need to make sure it's in the proper height--typically that should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the ground.