Just try not to grin on a indoor swing. "They remind me of my childhood, spark imagination, and are, obviously, super cozy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident fashion expert, who happens to have a few in her workplace. She is not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers equally are currently obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, who attributes the tendency to some increase in the energetic side of design:"It is the nervousness people get when they are decorating their homes that holds them back from being adventurous--I believe people are letting go of the."
If you, too, are letting go and looking to infuse a little additional adventure into your house in the kind of a indoor swing or hanging chair, here is what you need to know. Yes, you can DIY it, however you have to know what you are doing--take it from an expert. Alan Chenkin, a D.C.-based carpentry expert and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful about the swing-hanging procedure.|}
Step 1: Pick Your Location
Along with making sure the swing itself can fit in your chosen spot, you need to be sure that there's sufficient room around it. "Pick a spot which 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: Find the Ceiling Joist
It might be the second step, but it's definitely the most significant. You need to find a solid ceiling joist to mount the swing to, and if you can not find a solid ceiling joist in your chosen place, it's back to square one--with the right amount of space does not mean anything if it can not be safely installed .
"If you do not find a solid joist, installers danger attaching the swing mount to a ceiling which can't support this, or worse--it can pull the ceiling down on the man or woman sitting at the fold," Chenkin says. "If the only spot you've got for a swing can not support the load, then you have to consider another location or having a mounting plate"
And you have to be cautious, because not all of ceilings can hold the weight of a swing. When they look solid,"a few ceilings are strictly decorative," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings are not meant to hold any actual weight"
Chenkin also adds that you might have to mount a plank across the joists to"guarantee adequate support for your swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and incorporating additional support.
Step 3: Install (and Check!) |} the Mount
As soon as you've obtained your place --and a ceiling joist with proper support--it's time to install the mount. Thus, let's talk about weight requirements:"A single person swing ought to have a mount of 600 pounds capacity or longer," Chenkin says, noting that a double fold requires two mounts.
Now, for your install. To begin with, you have to pre-drill holes and utilize appropriate lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you have to try it out--yes, before you actually hang the swing. "Test it together with your full body weight by hanging the mount," he explains.
Measure 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 the swing, you ought to make sure it's at the appropriate elevation --normally which must be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the ground.