Just try not to grin on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, spark imagination, and therefore are, of course, super comfy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident fashion expert, who happens to have some in her workplace. She's not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers alike are now obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, who attributes the trend to a rise in the playful side of style:"It's the nervousness folks get when they are decorating their homes that holds them back from being daring --I believe 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 form of an indoor swing or hanging chair, here's what you need to understand. Yes, you can DIY it, but you need to understand what you are doing--choose it from a pro. pro and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful about the swing-hanging process.|}
Step 1: Choose Your Location
Along with making sure the swing itself can fit in your preferred place, you have to make sure that there's sufficient room about it. "Choose a place which allows for at least three feet of distance behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on either side to prevent 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 important. You need to locate a solid ceiling joist to mount the swing to, and in the event that you can not locate a solid ceiling joist in your favorite place, it's back to square one--having the ideal amount of space does not mean anything if it can not be safely installed there.
"If you do not find a solid joist, installers risk attaching the swing mount to a ceiling that cannot support this, or worse--it can pull the ceiling down on the person sitting at the swing," Chenkin states. "When the only place you have for a swing can not support the load, you need to consider an alternate location or using a mounting plate"
And you need to be cautious, because not all ceilings can maintain the weight of a swing. Even when they look strong,"a few ceilings are strictly decorative," he clarifies. "Most suspended ceilings aren't designed to hold any real weight"
Chenkin also adds that you might need to mount a plank across the joists to"guarantee adequate support for your 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 obtained your place --and a ceiling joist with appropriate support--it's time to set up the mount. So, let's discuss weight requirements:"A single person swing ought to have a mount of 600 pounds capacity or longer," Chenkin states, noting a double swing necessitates two mounts.
Now, for your install. First, you need to pre-drill holes and use appropriate lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you need to test it out--before you actually hang on the swing. "Test it together with your entire body weight by hanging on the mount," he clarifies.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the mount is set up, attach the swing and then double-check the swing cable or ropes to make sure it's strong," Chenkin states. When you hang on the swing, you'll need to make sure it's at the appropriate height--typically that should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the ground.