Just try not to grin on a indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, spark imagination, and are, of course, super cozy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident trend expert, who appears to have some in her office. She's not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers alike are now obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, who attributes the trend to some increase in the energetic side of design:"It is the nervousness folks get when they're decorating their houses that holds them back from being adventurous--I believe folks are letting go of the."
If you, too, are letting go and looking to infuse a little extra experience into your house in the form of a indoor swing or hanging chair, here's what you want to know. Yes, you can DIY it, but you need to know what you are 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 ensuring that the swing itself can fit in your preferred spot, you need to be sure that there's adequate 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 railing," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Locate the Ceiling Joist
It might be the second measure, but it's definitely the most significant. You want to find a good ceiling joist to mount the swing into, and in the event that you can't find a good ceiling joist in your favorite location, it's back to square one--having the right amount of space does not mean anything if it can't be safely installed there.
"If you don't find a good joist, installers danger attaching the swing bracket to a ceiling that cannot support this, or worse--it will pull the ceiling back on the man or woman sitting at the fold," Chenkin states. "When the only spot you have to get a swing can't support the load, then you have to take into account an alternate location or using a mounting plate"
And you have to be cautious, because not all of ceilings can hold the weight of a swing. Even when they seem solid,"some ceilings are strictly decorative," he clarifies. "Most suspended ceilings are not designed to hold any actual weight"
Chenkin also adds that you may have to mount a board across the joists to"ensure adequate support for your swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and adding extra support.
Step 3: Install (and Check!) |} the Mount
As soon as you've obtained your place --and a ceiling joist with appropriate support--it's time to install the bracket. So, let us talk about weight loss requirements:"A single person swing should have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin states, noting that a double fold requires two mounts.
Now, for your install. First, you have to pre-drill holes and utilize appropriate lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you have to try it out--yes, before you actually hang the swing. "Test it with your entire body fat by hanging on the bracket," he clarifies.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"After the bracket is installed, attach the fold and then double-check the fold cable or ropes to ensure it's solid," Chenkin states. When you hang the swing, then you ought to make sure it's at the appropriate elevation --normally which should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches in the floor.