Just try not to smile on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my childhood, spark creativity, and are, of course, super comfy," 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, that attributes the tendency to a increase in the playful side of design:"It's the nervousness people get when they're decorating their homes that holds them back from becoming daring --I believe people are letting go of the."
If you, too, are letting go and trying to infuse a little extra adventure into your house in the form of an indoor swing or hanging chair, here is what you need to understand. Yes, you can DIY it, however you have to understand what you are doing--choose 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
Together with making sure the swing itself may fit in your preferred place, you have to be sure there's sufficient room around it. "Pick a place which 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 rail," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Find the Ceiling Joist
It might be the second measure, but it is definitely the most important. You need to find a solid ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and if you can't find a solid ceiling joist in your favorite location, it is 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 solid joist, installers risk attaching the swing bracket to a ceiling that cannot support it, or worse--it will pull the ceiling down on the man or woman sitting at the swing," Chenkin says. "If the only place you've got to get a swing can't support the load, then you need to take into account another location or using a mounting plate"
And you need to be cautious, because not all ceilings may maintain the weight of a swing. When they seem strong,"some ceilings are purely cosmetic," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings are not designed to hold any actual weight"
Chenkin also adds that you may need to mount a plank across the joists to"guarantee adequate support for the swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and incorporating extra support.
Step 3: Install (and Check!) |} the Mount
Once you've obtained your location--and also a ceiling joist with proper support--it is time to install the bracket. Thus, let's discuss weight requirements:"A single person swing should have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or longer," Chenkin says, noting a double swing requires 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 test it out--yes, before you actually hang the swing. "Test it together with your full body fat by hanging on the bracket," he explains.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the bracket is set up, attach the swing and double-check the swing cable or ropes to ensure it is strong," Chenkin says. When you hang the swing, you ought to make sure it's at the proper height--typically that should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the floor.