Just try not to smile on a indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, spark creativity, and are, obviously, super cozy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident fashion expert, who happens to have some in her office. 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 rise in the playful side of design:"It is the nervousness people get when they are decorating their houses that holds them back from becoming adventurous--I believe people are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and trying to infuse a little additional experience in your home in the form of a indoor hanging or swing seat, here's what you want to know. Yes, you can DIY it, however you have to know what you're doing--take it from a pro. pro and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful all about the swing-hanging process.|}
Step 1: Choose Your Location
Along with making sure the swing itself may fit in your preferred spot, you have to make sure there's adequate room about it. "Choose a spot that allows for at least three feet of distance behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on each side to stop hitting a wall or rail," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Locate the Ceiling Joist
It might be the second measure, but it's definitely the most significant. You want to locate a good ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and if you can't locate a good ceiling joist in your favorite location, it's back to square one--having the ideal amount of space does not mean anything if it can't be safely installed .
"If you don't find a good joist, installers risk attaching the swing mount to a ceiling that cannot support it, or worse--it can pull the ceiling down on the person sitting in the fold," Chenkin states. "When the only spot you have for a swing can't support the load, then you need to consider another location or having a mounting plate."
And you need to be careful, because not all of ceilings may hold the weight of a swing. Even when they seem strong,"some ceilings are purely cosmetic," he clarifies. "Most suspended ceilings are not meant to hold any real weight."
Chenkin also adds that you may 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
As soon as you've obtained your location--and also a ceiling joist with proper support--it's time to set up the mount. So, let us talk about weight demands:"A single individual swing ought to have a mount of 600 pounds capacity or longer," Chenkin states, noting a double fold necessitates two mounts.
Now, for the install. To begin with, you need to pre-drill holes and use appropriate lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you need to test it out--before you really hang on the swing. "Test it 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 fold and double-check the fold cable or ropes to ensure it's strong," Chenkin states. When you hang on the swing, then you'll need to make sure it's at the appropriate elevation --normally which should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches in the ground.