Just try not to grin on a indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, spark creativity, and therefore are, obviously, super comfy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident trend expert, who appears to have a few in her workplace. She is not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers alike are currently obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, that attributes the tendency to a increase in the energetic side of style:"It's the nervousness folks get when they're decorating their homes that holds them back from becoming daring --I believe folks are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and trying to infuse a little additional adventure in your house in the kind of a indoor swing or hanging chair, here's what you need to know. It's true, you can DIY it, but you need to know what you are doing--choose it from an expert. 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
Together with making sure the swing itself may fit in your chosen spot, you need to make sure that there's sufficient room about it. "Pick a spot that allows for at least three feet of distance behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on each side to prevent hitting a wall or railing," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Find the Ceiling Joist
It might be the second step, but it is definitely the most significant. You need to find a good ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and in the event that you can't find a good ceiling joist in your chosen place, it is back to square one--having the ideal amount of space doesn't mean anything if it can't be safely installed there.
"If you don't find a good joist, installers risk attaching the swing bracket to a ceiling which can't support it, or worse--it will pull the ceiling back on the man or woman sitting in the swing," Chenkin says. "When the only spot you have for a swing can't support the load, then you need to consider an alternate location or having a mounting plate."
And you need to be careful, because not all ceilings may maintain the weight of a swing. Even when they seem solid,"some ceilings are purely cosmetic," he clarifies. "Most suspended ceilings are not meant to hold any actual weight."
Chenkin also adds that you might need to mount a plank across the joists to"ensure adequate support for the swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and also adding additional support.
Step 3: Install (and Check! ) ) |} the Mount
Once you've got your location--and also a ceiling joist with appropriate support--it is time to set up the bracket. So, let us discuss weight requirements:"A single person swing should have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin says, noting a double swing necessitates two mounts.
Now, for the install. First, you need to pre-drill holes and use appropriate lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you need to try it out--yes, before you really hang on the swing. "Test it together with your entire body weight by hanging on the bracket," he clarifies.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the bracket is installed, attach the swing and then double-check the swing cable or ropes to ensure it is 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 from the floor.