Just try not to smile on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my childhood, spark imagination, and are, obviously, super comfy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident trend expert, who happens to have some in her office. She's not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers equally are currently obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, who attributes the trend to a increase in the playful side of style:"It is the nervousness people get when they're decorating their homes that holds them back from becoming adventurous--I believe people are letting go of the."
If you, too, are letting go and trying to infuse a little additional adventure in your home in the form of an indoor hanging or swing chair, here is what you need to understand. Yes, you can DIY it, but you need to understand what you're doing--take 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
Together with ensuring that the swing itself may fit in your chosen place, you need to be sure that there's sufficient room around it. "Choose a place which allows for three or more feet of distance behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on either side to stop hitting a wall or railing," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Find the Ceiling Joist
It may be the second measure, but it's definitely the most important. You need to find a solid ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and in the event that you can not find a solid ceiling joist in your chosen place, it's back to square one--having the right amount of space doesn't mean anything if it can not be safely installed there.
"If you don't find a solid joist, installers risk attaching the swing mount to a ceiling which can't support this, or worse--it can pull the ceiling back on the man or woman sitting at the swing," Chenkin states. "When the only place you've got to get a swing can not support the load, you need to take into account another location or using a mounting plate."
And you need to be careful, because not all ceilings may maintain the weight of a swing. When they look strong,"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 need to mount a plank across the joists to"guarantee adequate support for your swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and incorporating additional support.
Step 3: Install (and Check! ) ) |} the Mount
As soon as you've got your location--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 utilize suitable lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you need to try it out--yes, before you actually hang on the swing. "Test it together with your entire body fat by hanging the mount," he clarifies.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the mount is installed, attach the swing and double-check the swing cable or ropes to ensure it's strong," Chenkin states. When you hang on the swing, you ought to make sure it's in the proper elevation --normally which must be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the floor.