Just try not to smile on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, spark creativity, and are, of course, super comfy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident trend expert, who appears to have some in her workplace. She's not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers alike are currently obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, who attributes the trend to some increase in the energetic side of design:"It's the nervousness folks get when they're decorating their houses that holds them back from being adventurous--I think folks are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and trying to infuse a little additional experience in your house in the kind of an indoor swing or hanging seat, here is what you want to know. Yes, you can DIY it, but you have to know what you're doing--take it from an expert. 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 the swing itself can fit in your chosen spot, you need to be sure that there's adequate room around it. "Choose a spot which allows for at least three feet of distance behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on either side to prevent hitting a wall or railing," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Locate the Ceiling Joist
It might be the second step, but it's definitely the most significant. 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's back to square one--with the ideal amount of space doesn't mean anything if it can't be safely installed there.
"If you don't find a solid joist, installers risk attaching the swing bracket to a ceiling that cannot support it, or worse--it can pull the ceiling back on the man or woman sitting in the swing," Chenkin states. "If the only spot you have to get a swing can't support the load, then you need to take into account an alternate location or having a mounting plate"
And you need to be careful, because not all ceilings can maintain the weight of a swing. Even when they look solid,"a few ceilings are purely cosmetic," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings are not designed to hold any real weight"
Chenkin also adds that you might need 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 obtained your location--and a ceiling joist with appropriate support--it's time to set up the bracket. Thus, let us discuss weight requirements:"A single person swing ought to have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin states, noting a double swing requires two mounts.
Now, for your install. To begin with, you need to pre-drill holes and utilize appropriate lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you need to test it out--before you really hang on the swing. "Test it together with your entire body fat by hanging on the bracket," he explains.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the bracket is installed, attach the swing and double-check the swing cable or ropes to ensure it's solid," Chenkin states. When you hang on the swing, you'll need to make sure it's at the proper elevation --normally which should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the ground.