Just try not to smile on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, spark imagination, and therefore are, obviously, super cozy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident trend expert, who appears to have some in her office. She's not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers equally are currently obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, who attributes the trend to some rise in the playful side of design:"It is the nervousness folks get when they are decorating their homes that holds them back from becoming daring --I think folks are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and looking to infuse a little extra experience into your house in the form of an indoor swing or hanging chair, here is what you want 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
Together with ensuring the swing itself may fit in your preferred place, you have to be sure that there's adequate room around it. "Choose a place that 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 railing," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Find the Ceiling Joist
It may be the second step, but it is definitely the most significant. You want 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 favorite location, it is back to square one--having the ideal amount of space does not mean anything if it can't be safely installed .
"If you don't find a good joist, installers danger attaching the swing mount to a ceiling that cannot support it, or worse--it will pull the ceiling down on the man or woman sitting in the fold," Chenkin says. "When the only place you've got to get a swing can't support the load, then you need to consider an alternate location or using a mounting plate."
And you need to be cautious, because not all ceilings may maintain the weight of a swing. Even when they seem strong,"some ceilings are purely cosmetic," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings are not designed to hold any actual 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 also incorporating extra support.
Step 3: Install (and Check!) |} the Mount
As soon as you've obtained your place --along with a ceiling joist with appropriate support--it is time to set up the mount. So, let us discuss weight requirements:"A single person swing should have a mount of 600 pounds capacity or longer," Chenkin says, noting 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 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 then double-check the fold cable or ropes to make sure it is strong," Chenkin says. 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 floor.