Just try not to smile on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my childhood, spark creativity, and therefore are, of course, super cozy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident trend expert, who happens to have some in her office. She is not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers alike are now obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, that attributes the trend to some increase in the playful side of style:"It's the nervousness folks get when they're decorating their homes that holds them back from being adventurous--I believe folks are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and looking to infuse a little extra experience in your home in the form of an indoor swing or hanging seat, here's what you need to know. Yes, you can DIY it, but you have 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 about the swing-hanging procedure.|}
Step 1: Choose Your Location
Along with making sure the swing itself can fit in your preferred place, you have to make sure there's sufficient room around it. "Choose a place which allows for three or more feet of distance behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on each side to prevent hitting a wall or rail," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Locate the Ceiling Joist
It might be the second measure, but it's definitely the most significant. You need to locate a good ceiling joist to mount the swing to, and in the event that you can't locate a good ceiling joist in your chosen location, it's back to square one--having the ideal amount of space does not mean anything if it can't be safely installed there.
"If you do not find a good joist, installers risk attaching the swing mount to a ceiling that cannot support it, or worse--it will pull the ceiling down on the person sitting at the swing," Chenkin states. "If the only place you have to get a swing can't support the load, you need to consider an alternate location or using a mounting plate."
And you need to be cautious, because not all of ceilings can maintain the weight of a swing. Even when they look solid,"some ceilings are purely cosmetic," he explains. "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 extra support.
Step 3: Install (and Check!) |} the Mount
As soon as you've got your location--along with a ceiling joist with proper support--it's time to set up the mount. Thus, let us discuss weight demands:"A single person swing should have a mount of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin states, noting a double swing necessitates 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 test it out--before you really hang the swing. "Test it with your full body fat by hanging on the mount," he explains.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the mount is installed, attach the swing and double-check the swing cable or ropes to ensure it's solid," Chenkin states. When you hang the swing, then you ought to make sure it's at the appropriate elevation --normally which must be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the ground.