Just try not to grin 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 fashion expert, who happens to have a few in her office. She's not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers equally are currently obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, that attributes the trend to some rise in the playful side of style:"It's the nervousness folks get when they're decorating their houses that holds them back from being daring --I believe folks are letting go of the."
If you, too, are letting go and trying to infuse a little extra adventure into your house in the kind of an indoor hanging or swing chair, here is what you need to know. It's true, you can DIY it, but you need to know what you are doing--choose it from an expert. Alan Chenkin, a D.C.-based carpentry expert and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful 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 there's sufficient room around it. "Choose a spot which allows for three or more feet of distance behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on either side to stop hitting a wall or railing," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Locate the Ceiling Joist
It may be the second measure, but it is definitely the most significant. You need to locate a good ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and if you can't locate a good ceiling joist in your chosen location, it is back to square one--with the right amount of space does not mean anything if it can't be safely installed .
"If you do not find a good joist, installers risk 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 fold," Chenkin states. "When the only spot you've got to get a swing can't support the load, then you need to consider an alternate location or having a mounting plate."
And you need to be careful, because not all ceilings can hold the weight of a swing. When they look strong,"a few ceilings are purely cosmetic," he clarifies. "Most suspended ceilings aren't designed to hold any real weight."
Chenkin also adds that you might need to mount a board across the joists to"guarantee 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 obtained your location--along with a ceiling joist with proper support--it is time to install the bracket. So, let us talk about weight requirements:"A single person swing should have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin states, noting that a double fold requires 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 test it out--before you actually hang on the swing. "Test it together with your full body weight by hanging on the bracket," he clarifies.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the bracket is installed, attach the fold and then double-check the fold cable or ropes to ensure it is strong," Chenkin states. When you hang on the swing, then you'll need to make sure it's at the proper height--typically that should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the ground.