With colder weather making it less and less attractive to hand out in the yard, many parents are looking for ways to bring active play indoors. A great way to do that is to install a swing inside the house, but that can be a bit trickier than it might seem at first glance.
Before you pull out your tools and start installing your new indoor swing, it’s a good idea to do some research to make sure your new play area will be safe, fun, and aesthetically pleasing.
Options of Materials
Unlike outdoor play equipment, your indoor swing won’t be exposed to weathering from rain, frost, and UV light. This is a big deal, because it opens up a much wider range of options in terms of the materials you can use for your swing. That means, if you like, you can build a swing that’ll complement your decor and fit in with your furniture. Natural fiber ropes, wooden seats, or even cushions would degrade relatively quickly outdoors, but make perfect sense for an indoor swing.
Just as when you’re choosing where to put your swing outside, you’ll need to plan carefully about where and how you’re going to mount your indoor swing. You’ll need to ensure that there’s plenty of space to move around, and that someone swinging won’t accidentally be able to strike any furniture, walls or other objects.
Besides this, you’ll need to ensure that you can securely fasten your swing. Simply screwing some eye-hooks into the ceiling will not work. Use a stud finder to locate a beam, and pre-drill some small holes into the beam (to prevent cracking) before screwing in the hooks. The hooks should be very firmly attached, and each should be able to hold an adult’s weight on their own. It’s important to do this properly, because, unlike with an outdoor swing, most people won’t go to the trouble of putting a bolt entirely through the beam to secure it with a nut and washer on the other end.
Choosing the right Kind of Swing
When most of us think of an indoor swing, we imagine a typical two-ropes-and-board swing like we had when we were kids. That’s perfectly fine, of course, but there are plenty of other creative options. Your swing doesn’t just need to be there for playing, after all. Indoor space is limited, and a multi-functional swing could come in handy.
A web-swing or a fabric-swing offers a lot more options in terms of possible uses than a traditional one. For one, more than one child can sit in them at once. Moreover, if the kids are out and you just want to curl up with a book, they make excellent hammocks as well. By getting creative with the type of swing you install, you can get a lot more mileage out of your work.