Just try not to grin on a 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 some in her office. She is not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers alike are currently obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, that attributes the trend to a increase in the playful side of design:"It's the nervousness folks get when they're decorating their houses that holds them back from becoming daring --I believe folks are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and trying to infuse a little extra adventure into your house in the form of a indoor hanging or swing seat, here's what you want to know. It's true, you can DIY it, however you have 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 may fit in your preferred place, you need to make sure there's adequate room about it. "Choose a place which allows for three or more feet of distance behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on either side to stop hitting a wall or railing," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Find the Ceiling Joist
It might be the second step, but it is definitely the most significant. You want to find a good ceiling joist to mount the swing to, and if you can not find a good ceiling joist in your chosen place, it is back to square one--having the ideal amount of space does not mean anything if it can not be safely installed .
"If you do not find a good joist, installers danger attaching the swing bracket to a ceiling which can't support this, or worse--it can pull the ceiling down on the person sitting at the swing," Chenkin states. "When the only place you've got to get a swing can not support the load, you have to take into account an alternate location or having a mounting plate."
And you have to be careful, because not all of ceilings may maintain the weight of a swing. When they look strong,"a few ceilings are strictly decorative," he clarifies. "Most suspended ceilings aren't meant to hold any actual weight."
Chenkin also adds that you may have to mount a plank across the joists to"ensure adequate support for your swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and also incorporating extra support.
Step 3: Install (and Check!) |} the Mount
As soon as you've obtained your location--and a ceiling joist with appropriate support--it is time to set up the bracket. Thus, let's discuss weight requirements:"A single person swing ought to have a bracket of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin states, noting that a double swing requires two mounts.
Now, for your install. First, you have to pre-drill holes and utilize suitable lag bolts to attach the mounting. |} Then you have to test it out--before you really hang the swing. "Test it together with your full body weight by hanging on the bracket," he clarifies.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"After the bracket is set up, attach the swing and then double-check the swing cable or ropes to make sure it is strong," Chenkin states. When you hang the swing, then you'll need to make sure it's in the proper height--normally which should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches in the ground.