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 appears to have a few in her workplace. She's not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers equally are now obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, who attributes the trend to some increase in the playful side of style:"It's the nervousness people get when they are decorating their houses that holds them back from becoming daring --I think people are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and looking to infuse a little additional adventure in your home in the form of an indoor hanging or swing chair, here is what you need to understand. It's true, you can DIY it, but you need to understand what you're doing--take 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: Choose Your Location
Together with making sure that the swing itself can fit in your chosen spot, you need to make sure that there's sufficient room about it. "Choose a spot that allows for at least three feet of space behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on either side to prevent hitting a wall or rail," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Find the Ceiling Joist
It might be the second measure, but it is definitely the most important. You need to locate a good ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and in the event that you can't locate a good ceiling joist in your chosen place, 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 this, or worse--it can pull the ceiling back on the man or woman sitting at the swing," Chenkin states. "If the only spot you have to get a swing can't support the load, then you need to consider another location or having a mounting plate"
And you need to be careful, because not all ceilings can maintain the weight of a swing. When they look strong,"a few ceilings are strictly decorative," he explains. "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 the 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 place --along with a ceiling joist with proper support--it is time to set up the mount. Thus, let us discuss weight requirements:"A single person swing should have a mount of 600 pounds capacity or longer," Chenkin states, noting a double swing necessitates two mounts.
Now, for the install. To begin with, you need to pre-drill holes and utilize suitable lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you need to try it out--before you really hang the swing. "Test it with your entire body fat by hanging the mount," he explains.
Measure 4: Hang the Swing|}
"After the mount is installed, attach the swing and then double-check the swing cable or ropes to ensure it is strong," Chenkin states. When you hang the swing, you ought to make sure it's at the appropriate height--typically that must be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches in the floor.