Just try not to smile on a indoor swing. "They remind me of my childhood, spark imagination, and therefore are, obviously, super cozy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident trend expert, who happens to have a few in her office. 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 some increase in the playful side of design:"It is the nervousness folks get when they're decorating their houses that holds them back from becoming adventurous--I think folks are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and looking to infuse a little additional experience into your home in the form of a indoor swing or hanging seat, here is what you want to understand. It's true, 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 process.|}
Step 1: Pick Your Location
Together with ensuring that the swing itself can fit in your preferred spot, you need to make sure there's adequate room around it. "Pick a spot that allows for at least three 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: Find the Ceiling Joist
It might be the second step, but it is definitely the most important. You want to find a solid ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and if you can't find a solid ceiling joist in your chosen place, it is back to square one--having the right amount of space doesn't mean anything if it can't be safely installed .
"If you don't find a solid joist, installers danger attaching the swing bracket to a ceiling that cannot support this, or worse--it will pull the ceiling down on the man or woman sitting at the swing," Chenkin says. "If the only spot you've got to get a swing can't support the load, you have to consider another location or using a mounting plate"
And you have to be cautious, because not all of ceilings can hold the weight of a swing. Even when they seem strong,"some ceilings are purely cosmetic," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings are not designed to hold any real weight"
Chenkin also adds that you might have to mount a plank across the joists to"guarantee adequate support for the swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and incorporating additional support.
Step 3: Install (and Check!) |} the Mount
Once you've got your place --along with also a ceiling joist with proper support--it is time to set up the bracket. So, let's discuss weight loss demands:"A single person swing should have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin says, noting a double swing necessitates two mounts.
Now, for the install. First, you have to pre-drill holes and utilize appropriate lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you have to test it out--yes, before you actually hang the swing. "Test it together with your entire body weight by hanging on the bracket," he explains.
Step 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'll need to make sure it's in the proper height--normally which must be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the ground.