Just try not to smile on a indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, spark creativity, and are, of course, super cozy," 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 tendency to some increase 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 the."
If you, too, are letting go and trying to infuse a little extra experience into your home in the form of a indoor hanging or swing chair, here's what you need to understand. Yes, you can DIY it, but you have to understand what you're doing--choose it from a pro. pro and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful all about the swing-hanging process.|}
Step 1: Pick Your Location
Together with ensuring the swing itself can fit in your preferred place, you have to be sure that there's sufficient room around it. "Pick a place that allows for three or more 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: Locate the Ceiling Joist
It may be the second step, but it is definitely the most important. You need to locate a good ceiling joist to mount the swing to, and if you can not locate a good ceiling joist in your chosen location, it is back to square one--having the right amount of space doesn't mean anything if it can not be safely installed there.
"If you do not find a good joist, installers risk attaching the swing mount to a ceiling that cannot support this, or worse--it will pull the ceiling down on the man or woman sitting in the swing," Chenkin states. "If the only place you have for a swing can not support the load, you have to consider another location or having a mounting plate."
And you have to be cautious, because not all of ceilings can hold the weight of a swing. Even when they look solid,"a few ceilings are purely cosmetic," he clarifies. "Most suspended ceilings aren't meant to hold any real weight."
Chenkin also adds that you might have to mount a board across the joists to"ensure adequate support for your swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and also adding extra support.
Step 3: Install (and Check! ) ) |} the Mount
Once you've obtained your place --and a ceiling joist with appropriate support--it is time to install the mount. So, let us discuss weight demands:"A single individual swing ought to have a mount of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin states, noting a double swing requires two mounts.
Now, for your install. First, you have to pre-drill holes and use suitable lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you have to try it out--yes, before you actually hang the swing. "Test it with your full body fat by hanging on the mount," he clarifies.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"After the mount is installed, attach the swing and double-check the swing cable or ropes to make sure it is solid," Chenkin states. When you hang the swing, you ought to make sure it's at the proper elevation --typically that should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches in the ground.