Bedrooms and swings are both designed for relaxation, so putting a swing in the bedroom ensures twice as much of that scarce commodity -- especially in an apartment or home with a postage-stamp yard where an outdoor swing is impractical. Swinging is fun and offers the opportunity to experience a split-second of true weightlessness at each end of the arc -- an out-of-this-world way to wind down at the end of a long day.
1 Locate two adjacent joists in the ceiling where you want to hang your swing using a stud finder. Mark both side edges of each joist so you can find its center. Tip: Standard framing puts joists 16 to 24 inches apart, so if your swing needs to be wider, use two joists separated by a third joist in between to get 32- to 48-inch spacing, or simply drill two holes, spaced appropriately, in only one joist (provided the joist is strong enough).
2 Measure and mark the locations for the hanging hardware on the joists with a pencil, marking at the centers of the joists. Drill a pilot hole 9/32 inch in diameter by 4 inches deep in the marked locations.
3 Screw a 4-inch-long stainless steel lag eye-screw into each of the holes. A screwdriver inserted through the eye will help turn the screw as it gets increasingly harder to turn by hand.
4 Determine the length of chain needed to place your swing at the appropriate height and allow a bit more for adjustments before using bolt cutters or a hacksaw to cut the chains to length -- if necessary.
5 Place an oval, stainless steel snap-hook or locking carabiner through the eye of each lag eye-screw and attach a chain. Close the carabiners to lock the chain in position.
6 Attach a second carabiner to the bottom of each chain and fasten the swing to those through the manufactured attachment loops on the swing.
7 Adjust the height of the swing at the ceiling by relocating the chain links in the carabiners to suit.
Items you will need
- Stud finder
- Measuring tape
- 9/32-inch drill bit, minimum 4 inches long
- 2 stainless steel lag eye-screws, 3/8 inch by 4 inches
- 2 heavy-duty swing chains
- Bolt cutters or hacksaw
- 4 oval, stainless steel snap-hook or locking carabiners
- 6-inch-wide molded belt swing (or homemade swing, optional)
- Most commercial swings come with “S” hooks for attaching them to the swing. Those are fine to substitute for carabiners, though the latter are safer and will prevent the swing accidentally coming unhooked.
- Make sure your ceiling joists can handle the load of a swing. Some joists are two-by-four lumber and may flex (causing damage to the ceiling finish) or possibly break if the joist span is long.
- When drilling holes in ceiling or walls, always go slowly and make sure you hit wood before proceeding. Be aware of wiring and plumbing, and avoid drilling near lights or other fixtures.
- Place the swing in a spot where it can make an unobstructed full arc to avoid accidents. Never place it where it could inadvertently hit someone passing by.
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