Just try not to grin on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my childhood, spark creativity, and are, obviously, super comfy," 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 currently obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, who attributes the trend to some rise in the playful side of style:"It is the nervousness folks get when they are decorating their houses 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 additional experience in your home in the form of an indoor hanging or swing seat, here's what you need to know. It's true, you can DIY it, however you need to know 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
Along with ensuring that the swing itself may fit in your chosen spot, you need to be sure that there's adequate room around it. "Choose a spot which 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: Locate the Ceiling Joist
It may be the second measure, but it is definitely the most significant. You need to find a solid ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and in the event that you can not find a solid ceiling joist in your favorite location, it is back to square one--with the ideal amount of space does not mean anything if it can not be safely installed there.
"If you do not find a solid joist, installers risk attaching the swing bracket to a ceiling which can't support this, or worse--it can pull the ceiling down on the person sitting in the swing," Chenkin says. "If the only spot you have to get a swing can not support the load, then you need to consider an alternate location or having a mounting plate"
And you need to be cautious, because not all of ceilings may maintain the weight of a swing. When they look strong,"some ceilings are strictly decorative," he clarifies. "Most suspended ceilings aren't meant to hold any real weight"
Chenkin also adds that you might need 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 obtained your location--along with also a ceiling joist with appropriate support--it is time to install the bracket. Thus, let's discuss weight demands:"A single individual swing should have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin says, 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--yes, before you really hang the swing. "Test it together with your full body weight by hanging the bracket," he clarifies.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"Once the bracket is installed, attach the swing and double-check the swing cable or ropes to ensure it is strong," Chenkin says. When you hang the swing, then you ought to make sure it's at the proper elevation --typically that should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches in the floor.