Safely installing indoor swings29. May 2020
A swing within your own four walls No problem! Indoor swings provide plenty of action and allow children to reach new heights at home. Secure fastenings and the right installation are particularly important.
Hanging chairs and indoor swings allow little explorers to play indoors to their heart’s content during bad weather while simultaneously training their sense of balance, motor skills and muscles. This also develops their sense of courage and self-assessment. Swinging furniture provides an ideal distraction for children, giving parents the opportunity to switch off or focus on working from home. And if the little ones tire themselves out, hanging chairs and cocoons are an ideal spot to relax, read and nap. Nest and multi-child swings are also a comfortable choice that provides plenty of space to recline. A soft floor surface beneath the seat and climbing furniture provides a soft landing for children in case of a fall. Tiles and stone flooring are a no-go in this case. When it comes to the furniture itself, parents should pay attention to the load-bearing capacity and the information provided on maximum weight while also ensuring that it does not contain any harmful and polluting chemicals. Multi-child swings are often designed to carry loads of more than 100 kilogrammes, so that grown-ups can also take a seat from time to time.
Firmly anchor swings in the base
Any pieces of “swinging furniture” must be firmly anchored in the base. Safe installation is also crucial for other pieces of furniture in children’s bedrooms, as little ones are quick to use shelves as a climbing frame. It is important to keep sufficient room for movement, which is why ceiling installation is recommended as it provides plenty of room for swinging, pushing swings and jumping off without getting in the way fragile objects, corners or sharp edges. Indoor swings usually come equipped with professional brackets. It is especially important to find out beforehand whether the anchoring surface is fit for this purpose.
The construction material must be stable enough to be able to carry the weight of the furniture and person in addition to the loads generated by swinging. Attaching a seat to a concrete ceiling is relatively unproblematic, as this surface evenly distributes the load. Parents can therefore freely choose the fastening point. Creating a drill hole is easy using a drill hammer or a good impact drill. The drill hole should be cleaned to ensure maximum safety.
Be careful with dynamic loads
In general, it is recommended that any swinging object should be attached directly to the anchor base. This does not subject the anchor to any bending load. Using an in internal threaded anchor such as the fischer FH II provides a particularly reliable hold when anchoring “dynamic furniture” in concrete and allows high-strength grade 8 eyebolts to be inserted. Ropes can either be attached to these directly or with carabine hooks. Bolt anchors such as the fischer FAZ II are another alternative, in which case it is important that the thread does not protrude over the opening of the ring nut and that it is firmly screwed against the anchor’s nut. Inadvertent loosening should also be prevented, which is why additionally securing the ring eyebolt or nut is recommended.
Seats can also be attached to wood, particularly to supporting and stable beams. But furniture should not just be attached to boarding, in which case an eyebolt or a wood construction screw such as fischer’s Power-Fast II can be used. The screw should be inserted perpendicular to the grain, not to the front side, until it sits tightly. Masonry is a particularly versatile construction material. Seeking individual professional advice is recommended in this case. Two-component injection mortars such as the fischer FIS V fundamentally provide a firm hold in bricks together with suitable accessories such as anchor rods and perforated sleeves. Internal threaded anchors can also be used in this case and allow objects to be removed and reattached as often as required. Suspended ceilings made of plasterboard or other materials are too risky, as the construction material can fail under the load, causing the fastening to loosen.
Safely installed “swinging furniture” allows children to explore the skies without suffering a crash landing.