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 fashion expert, who happens to have some in her workplace. She is not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers equally are now obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, that attributes the tendency to a increase in the playful side of design:"It is the nervousness folks get when they are decorating their homes that holds them back from being adventurous--I believe folks are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and trying to infuse a little additional adventure in your home in the kind of an indoor swing or hanging seat, here is what you need to understand. It's true, you can DIY it, however you need to understand what you are doing--choose 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: Choose Your Location
Along with making sure that the swing itself can fit in your chosen place, you need to be sure that there's sufficient room around it. "Choose a place that allows for at least three feet of space behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on each side to prevent hitting a wall or rail," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Find the Ceiling Joist
It may be the second step, but it's definitely the most important. You need 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 place, it's back to square one--with the right amount of space does not mean anything if it can't be safely installed there.
"If you don't find a good joist, installers danger attaching the swing bracket to a ceiling that cannot support this, or worse--it will pull the ceiling back on the person sitting in the fold," Chenkin states. "If the only place you've got for a swing can't support the load, you have to consider another location or using a mounting plate"
And you have to be careful, 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 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 adding additional support.
Step 3: Install (and Check!) |} the Mount
As soon as you've got your place --and a ceiling joist with proper support--it's time to install the bracket. So, let us discuss weight requirements:"A single individual swing ought to have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or longer," Chenkin states, noting a double fold necessitates two mounts.
Now, for your install. To begin with, you have to pre-drill holes and use appropriate lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you have to test it out--before you really hang the swing. "Test it together with your entire body weight by hanging the bracket," he clarifies.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the bracket is installed, attach the fold and then double-check the fold cable or ropes to make sure it's strong," Chenkin states. When you hang the swing, then you ought to make sure it's at the appropriate elevation --typically that must be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches in the ground.