Just try not to grin on an indoor swing. "They remind me of my childhood, spark creativity, and therefore are, of course, super comfy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident trend expert, who happens to have a few in her workplace. She is not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers equally are currently obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, that attributes the tendency to a rise in the playful side of design:"It is the nervousness folks get when they're decorating their houses that holds them back from becoming adventurous--I think folks are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and trying to infuse a little additional experience in your home in the form of an indoor swing or hanging seat, here's what you want to understand. It's true, you can DIY it, however you have to understand what you're doing--choose it from a pro. pro and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful about the swing-hanging process.|}
Step 1: Pick Your Location
Along with ensuring that the swing itself can fit in your chosen spot, you need to be sure there's sufficient room about it. "Pick 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 railing," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Find the Ceiling Joist
It may be the second measure, but it is definitely the most important. You want to find a good ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and in the event that you can not find a good ceiling joist in your favorite location, it is back to square one--with the right amount of space doesn't mean anything if it can not be safely installed .
"If you don't find a good joist, installers risk attaching the swing mount to a ceiling that cannot support it, or worse--it can pull the ceiling back on the man or woman sitting at the fold," Chenkin states. "When the only spot you've got to get a swing can not support the load, you need to consider an alternate location or using a mounting plate."
And you need to be cautious, because not all of ceilings can hold the weight of a swing. When they seem strong,"some ceilings are purely cosmetic," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings aren't designed to hold any actual weight."
Chenkin also adds that you might need to mount a plank across the joists to"guarantee adequate support for your swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and also adding additional support.
Step 3: Install (and Check!) |} the Mount
As soon as you've got your location--and a ceiling joist with appropriate support--it is time to install the mount. So, let us discuss weight requirements:"A single person swing should have a mount of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin states, noting that a double fold necessitates two mounts.
Now, for your install. First, you need to pre-drill holes and use appropriate lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you need to try it out--before you really hang on the swing. "Test it together with your entire body weight by hanging the mount," he explains.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"After the mount is set up, attach the fold and double-check the fold cable or ropes to make sure it is strong," Chenkin states. When you hang on the swing, then you'll need to make sure it's at the appropriate height--typically that should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the ground.