Just try not to smile on a indoor swing. "They remind me of my childhood, spark creativity, and are, obviously, super comfy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident fashion expert, who appears to have a few in her workplace. She is not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers alike are now obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, who attributes the tendency to a rise in the playful side of style:"It is the nervousness folks get when they're decorating their homes that holds them back from being daring --I think folks 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 know. Yes, you can DIY it, but you need to know what you are doing--take it from a pro. Alan Chenkin, a D.C.-based carpentry expert and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful all about the swing-hanging process.|}
Step 1: Choose Your Location
Together with making sure that the swing itself may fit in your chosen place, you need to be sure there's adequate room around it. "Choose a place which allows for at least three feet of space behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on either side to stop hitting a wall or railing," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Locate the Ceiling Joist
It might be the second step, but it is definitely the most significant. You need to find a solid ceiling joist to mount the swing to, and if you can't find a solid ceiling joist in your favorite place, it is 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 solid joist, installers risk 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 swing," Chenkin says. "When the only place you've got for a swing can't support the load, you need to consider an alternate location or having a mounting plate."
And you need to be cautious, because not all ceilings may hold the weight of a swing. Even when they look strong,"some ceilings are purely cosmetic," he clarifies. "Most suspended ceilings aren't designed to hold any actual weight."
Chenkin also adds that you may need to mount a plank 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
As soon as you've got your place --and a ceiling joist with proper support--it is time to set up the bracket. Thus, let's talk about weight loss requirements:"A single person swing ought to have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin says, noting that a double swing necessitates two mounts.
Now, for your install. To begin with, you need to pre-drill holes and use suitable lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you need to test it out--before you actually hang the swing. "Test it together with your entire body weight by hanging on the bracket," he clarifies.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"After the bracket is set up, attach the swing and double-check the swing cable or ropes to make sure it is strong," Chenkin says. When you hang the swing, you'll need to make sure it's at the proper height--typically that must be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches in the floor.