Just try not to smile on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, spark imagination, and are, of course, super comfy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident trend expert, who appears to have a few in her office. She's not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers equally are now obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, who attributes the tendency to some rise in the energetic side of style:"It's the nervousness people get when they are decorating their houses that holds them back from becoming daring --I believe people are letting go of the."
If you, too, are letting go and looking to infuse a little additional adventure in your house in the kind of an indoor swing or hanging chair, here's what you need to understand. It's true, you can DIY it, however you need to understand what you are doing--take 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 ensuring that the swing itself can fit in your preferred spot, you need to make sure there's sufficient room around it. "Choose a spot that allows for at least three feet of distance behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on either side to prevent hitting a wall or rail," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Locate the Ceiling Joist
It might be the second measure, but it is definitely the most significant. You need to find a good ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and if you can not find a good ceiling joist in your chosen location, it is back to square one--having the right amount of space does not mean anything if it can not be safely installed there.
"If you don't find a good joist, installers danger attaching the swing mount to a ceiling which can't support it, or worse--it can pull the ceiling down on the man or woman sitting in the fold," Chenkin states. "When the only spot you've got for a swing can not support the load, then you have to consider an alternate location or having a mounting plate"
And you have to be careful, because not all of ceilings can maintain the weight of a swing. Even when they seem strong,"a few ceilings are purely cosmetic," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings aren't meant to hold any actual weight"
Chenkin also adds that you might have to mount a board 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
Once you've got your location--and a ceiling joist with proper support--it is time to install 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 fold requires two mounts.
Now, for the install. First, you have to pre-drill holes and use suitable lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you have to test it out--before you actually 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 set up, attach the fold and then double-check the fold cable or ropes to ensure it is strong," Chenkin states. When you hang the swing, then you'll need to make sure it's in the appropriate height--typically that must be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the floor.