Just try not to smile on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, spark imagination, and therefore are, obviously, super cozy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident trend expert, who happens to have a few in her workplace. She is not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers equally are now obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, who attributes the tendency to some rise in the energetic side of design:"It is the nervousness folks get when they're decorating their homes 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 additional adventure into your house in the kind of an indoor hanging or swing chair, here is what you want to know. Yes, you can DIY it, but you have to know what you're doing--take it from an expert. Alan Chenkin, a D.C.-based carpentry expert and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful about the swing-hanging process.|}
Step 1: Choose Your Location
Together with making sure the swing itself may fit in your chosen spot, you have to make sure that there's adequate room around it. "Choose a spot 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 railing," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Find the Ceiling Joist
It might be the second step, but it's definitely the most significant. You want to locate a good ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and if you can't locate a good ceiling joist in your chosen location, it's back to square one--having the ideal amount of space does not mean anything if it can't be safely installed .
"If you do not find a good joist, installers risk attaching the swing mount to a ceiling that cannot support it, or worse--it will pull the ceiling back on the person sitting in the swing," Chenkin states. "If the only spot you have for a swing can't support the load, then you have to take into account another location or having a mounting plate"
And you have to be cautious, because not all of ceilings may hold the weight of a swing. Even when they seem solid,"a few ceilings are strictly decorative," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings aren't designed to hold any real weight"
Chenkin also adds that you might have to mount a plank across the joists to"ensure adequate support for the swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and also incorporating additional support.
Step 3: Install (and Check!) |} the Mount
As soon as you've got your place --and a ceiling joist with appropriate support--it's time to install the mount. Thus, let us discuss weight requirements:"A single individual swing ought to have a mount of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin states, noting that a double swing necessitates two mounts.
Now, for the install. First, you have to pre-drill holes and use appropriate lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you have to test it out--before you actually hang the swing. "Test it with your entire body weight by hanging the mount," he explains.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"After the mount is set up, attach the swing and then double-check the swing cable or ropes to make sure it's solid," Chenkin states. When you hang the swing, you'll need to make sure it's at the appropriate height--typically that must be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches in the floor.