Just try not to smile on an 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 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 increase in the playful side of style:"It is the nervousness people get when they are decorating their homes that holds them back from becoming adventurous--I think people are letting go of the."
If you, too, are letting go and trying to infuse a little extra adventure in your home in the kind of an indoor hanging or swing seat, here's what you need to know. Yes, you can DIY it, but you need to know what you are doing--choose it from a pro. pro and Taskrabbit tasker, told House Beautiful all about the swing-hanging process.|}
Step 1: Pick Your Location
Along with making sure that the swing itself can fit in your preferred place, you need to be sure that there's adequate room around it. "Pick a place which allows for at least three feet of space behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on either side to stop hitting a wall or rail," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Find the Ceiling Joist
It might be the second step, but it's definitely the most significant. You need to locate a solid ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and in the event that you can not locate a solid ceiling joist in your chosen location, it's back to square one--with the ideal amount of space doesn't mean anything if it can not be safely installed .
"If you don't find a solid joist, installers danger attaching the swing mount to a ceiling which can't support it, or worse--it will pull the ceiling down on the person sitting in the swing," Chenkin says. "If the only place you've got for a swing can not support the load, then you need to consider an alternate location or using a mounting plate"
And you need to be cautious, because not all ceilings can hold the weight of a swing. When they seem solid,"some ceilings are strictly decorative," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings aren't meant to hold any real 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 adding extra support.
Step 3: Install (and Check! ) ) |} the Mount
Once you've got your location--and a ceiling joist with proper support--it's time to install the mount. So, let's talk about weight requirements:"A single individual swing should have a mount of 600 pounds capacity or longer," Chenkin says, noting a double swing necessitates two mounts.
Now, for your install. First, you need to pre-drill holes and utilize appropriate lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you need to try it out--before you really hang on the swing. "Test it with your entire body weight by hanging on the mount," he explains.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"After the mount is set up, attach the swing and then double-check the swing cable or ropes to ensure it's solid," Chenkin says. When you hang on the swing, you ought to make sure it's at the appropriate height--normally which should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches from the floor.