Just try not to smile on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, spark imagination, and are, of course, super cozy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident trend expert, who appears to have some 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 trend to some rise in the energetic side of design:"It is the nervousness people get when they are decorating their homes that holds them back from becoming daring --I think people are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and trying to infuse a little additional adventure in your home in the form of an indoor swing or hanging seat, here is what you want to understand. Yes, you can DIY it, but you need to understand what you're doing--take it from a pro. Alan Chenkin, a D.C.-based carpentry expert and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful about the swing-hanging process.|}
Step 1: Pick Your Location
Along with making sure that the swing itself may fit in your preferred place, you need to make sure there's sufficient room about it. "Pick a place that allows for at least three feet of space 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 might be the second measure, but it's definitely the most significant. You want 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 favorite location, it's back to square one--with the ideal amount of space does not mean anything if it can't be safely installed there.
"If you do not find a good joist, installers risk attaching the swing bracket to a ceiling which can't support this, or worse--it will pull the ceiling down on the man or woman sitting in the swing," Chenkin says. "If the only place you've got 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 maintain the weight of a swing. When they seem strong,"some ceilings are strictly decorative," he clarifies. "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 your swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and also incorporating additional support.
Step 3: Install (and Check! ) ) |} the Mount
Once you've obtained your location--and a ceiling joist with proper support--it's time to set up the bracket. So, let's discuss weight demands:"A single individual swing should have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin says, noting a double swing requires two mounts.
Now, for your install. First, you have to pre-drill holes and use 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 entire body fat by hanging on the bracket," he clarifies.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"After the bracket is set up, attach the swing and then double-check the swing cable or ropes to ensure it's strong," Chenkin says. When you hang the swing, then you'll need to make sure it's in the proper height--normally which should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches in the floor.