Who says we can’t swing indoors? An in-house swing is for the entire family not just the kids. It’s a stylish yet fun addition, and it has quickly become the favorite feature in my studio. I’m not only using it for styling and photoshoots, but also for simply relaxing during the day — the calming movement can be magical!
Are you convinced? If you like this idea as much as I do, there are two ways to get one: You can buy or make one. From my experience, most of the designs you can find in stores are mass-produced or the prices are very high, reaching up to $500! This is why I decided to make my own. The biggest plus is that you can customize it to fit your style!
You know my taste — simple and minimal — hence I have always been drawn to the simplest wooden swings. For the winter season you can dress it up with a cozy, knitted “coat” or hang a woolen scarf on it to make it even dreamier.
You will need:
- Thick wooden plank
- A drill
- Heavy hardware rope
- Ceiling screws. The hooks you need will greatly depend upon your type of ceiling. Ask for advice at your local hardware store. Whatever you choose should be able to support up to 120 kg.
First, sand the surface of the wood very well. Make sure it’s super smooth to avoid any splinters.
You will need for equal lengths of rope. Measure the length of the rope you require, from the ceiling to the level of the seat, adding length for the knots and hanging loop at the top.
Next, drill four holes in the surface of the wood seat, one in each corner, at equal distance from the edges. Make sure the holes are large enough to accommodate your rope. Pass the rope through a hole and make a knot at the end. Repeat this for each hole.
Install the ceiling hooks to the ceiling according to the instructions from your hardware store. It is critical that they are attached to the joists in the ceiling for safety. Then hook the swing up to your ceiling. You might want to stain it to give it a finished look, however I left mine raw.
All done, and now you can try it out! I have a feeling you won’t regret this dreamy addition to your home.
Our Top 5 Indoor-Outdoor Swing Ideas
As far as the second option is concerned (that of buying the swing), we’re happy to share with you our own favorite products. This is our top five indoor swing selection which we hope you’ll find as interesting as we do. As you’ll notice, they all share in common designs that are simple but also very stylish and charming. They’re also all quite versatile. You can use them both indoor and outdoor as long as you don’t leave them exposed to the elements for a long time.
The first one is the Sunnydaze hanging rope hammock chair swing. It’s 40” long and 34” wide and it weighs 3 pounds (just a little over 1 kg). You can get it with or without the stand, depending on your specific needs. It’s made from a soft and also very durable cotton and polyester blend canvas and colored rope. There’s a wood spreader bar at the top for increased stability.
Our next favorite product is the Sunnydaze hanging rope hammock chair swing. It’s 47” wide, 48” tall and 36” deep and it uses thick polyester rope which allows it to hold up to 300 pounds (136 kg). It comes with a sturdy and durable stand with a steel frame that’s 53” deep, 45” wide and 93” tall. The frame alone weighs 40 pounds (18 kg) but the swing itself is lightweight and portable in case you want to take with you when you go places (and you don’t need the frame, of course).
This is the E Everking hammock chair macrame swing. It’s elegant and stylish and it comes in six different colors and two models. You can use it both in indoor and protected outdoor areas and it’s ideal for reading nooks, sunrooms, patios, poolside decks and casual living spaces. This lovely macrame swing is also portable and easy to hang and to store. You can hang it from the ceiling or a tree.
The Lazy Daze hanging hammock chair is also handcrafted from cotton. It durable and delicate at the same time and it features a 40” hardwood spread bar for increased stability. It can hold up to 300 lbs (136 kg) and can be used indoors as well as in covered outdoor areas such as patios and decks.
You can also hang it from a tree in the garden with ease and then take it out just as easily when you're done using it.View Deal
This is the Pellor swing, a very simple-looking product that’s super versatile. You can use it both indoor and outdoor. It’s designed with a non-slip ridged seat and raised sides. The wooden seat is made of solid beech and it slightly curved thus offering increased comfort and stability. The wood has a natural, unfinished look and can be painted if desired. It comes with adjustable rope, a galvanized metal ring and accessories and can hold up to 100 kg.