Just try not to grin on a indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, spark creativity, and are, of course, super cozy," 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 alike are now obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, who attributes the tendency to some rise in the playful side of design:"It's the nervousness folks get when they are decorating their houses that holds them back from becoming daring --I believe folks are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and trying to infuse a little extra adventure into your house in the kind of a indoor hanging or swing seat, here is what you want to know. Yes, you can DIY it, however you need to know what you're doing--choose it from a pro. Alan Chenkin, a D.C.-based carpentry expert and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful all about the swing-hanging procedure.|}
Step 1: Choose Your Location
Along with ensuring that the swing itself may fit in your chosen spot, you need to make sure there's adequate room about it. "Choose a spot which allows for three or more feet of space behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on each side to stop 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 important. You want to locate a solid ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and if you can't locate a solid ceiling joist in your favorite place, it's back to square one--having the right 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 it, or worse--it can pull the ceiling back on the person sitting at the swing," Chenkin says. "If the only spot you have for a swing can't support the load, then you need to take into account an alternate location or using a mounting plate"
And you need to be careful, because not all of ceilings may hold the weight of a swing. Even when they seem strong,"a few ceilings are strictly decorative," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings aren't meant 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 extra support.
Step 3: Install (and Check! ) ) |} the Mount
Once you've got your location--along with a ceiling joist with proper support--it's time to set up the bracket. Thus, let us talk about weight requirements:"A single person swing ought to have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or longer," Chenkin says, noting that a double swing necessitates two mounts.
Now, for your install. First, you need to pre-drill holes and utilize appropriate lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you need to try it out--before you really hang the swing. "Test it with your entire body fat by hanging the bracket," he explains.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the bracket is set up, attach the swing and double-check the swing cable or ropes to make sure it's strong," Chenkin says. When you hang the swing, you'll need to make sure it's in the appropriate height--typically that should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the ground.