Just try not to grin 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 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 trend to a increase in the energetic side of style:"It's the nervousness people get when they're decorating their homes that holds them back from becoming adventurous--I believe people are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and looking to infuse a little additional experience in your house in the kind of a indoor hanging or swing seat, here's what you want to know. Yes, you can DIY it, but you have to know what you're 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 procedure.|}
Step 1: Pick Your Location
Along with making sure that the swing itself can fit in your chosen place, you need to be sure there's sufficient room around it. "Pick a place that allows for three or more feet of space behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on either side to prevent hitting a wall or rail," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Find the Ceiling Joist
It may be the second measure, but it is definitely the most significant. You want to find a solid ceiling joist to mount the swing to, and in the event that you can not find a solid ceiling joist in your favorite location, it is 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 danger attaching the swing bracket to a ceiling which can't support it, or worse--it can pull the ceiling down on the person sitting in the swing," Chenkin states. "When the only place you have to get a swing can not 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 of ceilings can maintain the weight of a swing. Even when they look solid,"a few ceilings are purely cosmetic," he clarifies. "Most suspended ceilings aren't designed to hold any real 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 incorporating additional support.
Step 3: Install (and Check! ) ) |} the Mount
Once you've got your location--along with a ceiling joist with proper support--it is time to set up the bracket. So, let us discuss weight demands:"A single individual swing ought to have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or longer," Chenkin states, noting a double swing requires 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 test it out--before you actually hang on the swing. "Test it together with your full body fat by hanging the bracket," he clarifies.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the bracket is installed, attach the swing and then double-check the swing cable or ropes to make sure it is solid," Chenkin states. When you hang on the swing, then you'll need to make sure it's at the appropriate height--typically that should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches in the ground.