Just try not to grin on a indoor swing. "They remind me of my childhood, spark imagination, and therefore are, of course, super cozy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident fashion expert, who appears to have a few in her office. She is 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 increase in the energetic side of design:"It is the nervousness folks get when they are 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 additional experience in your house in the kind of a indoor swing or hanging seat, here is what you want to know. It's true, you can DIY it, however you need to know what you're doing--take it from a pro. pro and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful all about the swing-hanging process.|}
Step 1: Pick Your Location
Together with making sure that the swing itself can fit in your preferred place, you have to be sure there's adequate room about it. "Pick a place which allows for three or more feet of distance behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on each side to stop hitting a wall or railing," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Locate the Ceiling Joist
It might be the second measure, but it is definitely the most important. You want to find a solid ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and if you can't find a solid ceiling joist in your favorite location, it is back to square one--having the right amount of space does not mean anything if it can't 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 back on the person sitting at the swing," Chenkin states. "If the only place you have to get a swing can't 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 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 are not meant to hold any real weight."
Chenkin also adds that you might 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 additional 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 is time to install the bracket. So, let's discuss weight loss demands:"A single individual swing should have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin states, noting that a double swing requires two mounts.
Now, for your install. First, you need to pre-drill holes and use suitable lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you need to test it out--before you actually hang the swing. "Test it with your entire body weight by hanging on the bracket," he clarifies.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the bracket is installed, attach the swing and double-check the swing cable or ropes to ensure it is solid," Chenkin states. When you hang the swing, you'll need to make sure it's at the proper elevation --typically that should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches in the floor.