Just try not to smile on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, spark creativity, and therefore are, obviously, super comfy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident trend expert, who appears to have some in her workplace. She is not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers alike are currently obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, who attributes the trend to a rise in the energetic side of style:"It is the nervousness people get when they're decorating their houses that holds them back from being daring --I believe people are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and looking to infuse a little additional adventure into your home in the form of an indoor hanging or swing seat, here's what you need to understand. It's true, you can DIY it, however you have to understand what you're doing--choose 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: Pick Your Location
Along with ensuring that the swing itself may fit in your chosen spot, you have to be sure there's adequate room around it. "Pick a spot that 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 rail," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Find the Ceiling Joist
It may be the second measure, but it's definitely the most important. You need to locate a good ceiling joist to mount the swing to, and if you can not locate a good ceiling joist in your chosen location, it's back to square one--having the right amount of space does not mean anything if it can not be safely installed there.
"If you don't find a good joist, installers risk attaching the swing mount to a ceiling which can't support this, or worse--it can pull the ceiling down on the person sitting at the fold," Chenkin states. "When the only spot you've got 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 cautious, because not all ceilings may hold the weight of a swing. Even when they look strong,"a few ceilings are purely cosmetic," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings aren't designed to hold any actual 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 incorporating additional support.
Step 3: Install (and Check!) |} the Mount
Once you've obtained your place --and also a ceiling joist with proper support--it's time to install the mount. Thus, let's talk about weight loss demands:"A single person swing should have a mount of 600 pounds capacity or longer," Chenkin states, noting that a double fold requires two mounts.
Now, for your install. First, you need to pre-drill holes and use appropriate lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you need to try it out--yes, before you really hang the swing. "Test it together with your entire body weight by hanging the mount," he explains.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the mount is set up, attach the fold and double-check the fold cable or ropes to make sure it's strong," Chenkin states. When you hang the swing, then you ought to make sure it's at the appropriate height--typically that must be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches in the ground.