Just try not to smile on a indoor swing. "They remind me of my youth, spark imagination, and therefore are, obviously, super cozy," says Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's resident fashion expert, who happens to have some in her workplace. She's not the least bit surprised that decorators and Instagrammers equally are currently obsessed. |} Neither is designer Starrett Zenko Ringbom, that attributes the tendency to some increase in the playful side of design:"It is the nervousness people get when they're decorating their houses that holds them back from becoming daring --I think people are letting go of that."
If you, too, are letting go and trying to infuse a little additional experience in 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--choose 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 which allows for at least three feet of distance behind the swing, and at least 14 inches on each side to stop hitting a wall or railing," Chenkin advises.
Step 2: Find the Ceiling Joist
It may be the second step, but it's definitely the most significant. You want to locate a good ceiling joist to mount the swing to, and in the event that you can't locate a good ceiling joist in your chosen place, it's back to square one--with the ideal amount of space does not mean anything if it can't be safely installed there.
"If you don't find a good joist, installers risk attaching the swing mount to a ceiling which can't support it, or worse--it will pull the ceiling back on the person sitting in the fold," Chenkin says. "When the only spot you have for 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 purely cosmetic," he explains. "Most suspended ceilings aren't meant to hold any real weight."
Chenkin also adds that you might have to mount a board across the joists to"ensure adequate support for your swing," which would require opening up the ceiling and incorporating additional 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 set up the mount. So, let's discuss weight requirements:"A single person swing ought to have a mount of 600 pounds capacity or more," Chenkin says, noting a double fold necessitates 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 weight by hanging on the mount," he explains.
Step 4: Hang the Swing|}
"After the mount is installed, attach the fold and double-check the fold cable or ropes to ensure it's solid," Chenkin says. When you hang the swing, you'll need to make sure it's in the appropriate height--typically that should be somewhere between 18 and 24 inches in the ground.