I’ve been a fan of hanging chairs for awhile now and when I stumbled across this Marrakech Swing Chair form Urban Outfitters I just fell in love. So for my birthday I sort of threw it out there as an idea for a gift.
It was a bit of an expensive gift for a birthday (it’s currently on sale for $179, BTW), but I put it on the table figuring it would be forgotten and that would be that.
Then on my birthday, my mom dragged a giant, fully wrapped gift into my house. Yes, she wrapped the furniture box that the swing chair came in. It was HUGE! She also put 34 candles on my birthday cake, but I digress. I had my swing chair!
I wanted to hang it up right then and there, but I wanted to do some research on safety and the best way to hang a behemoth swing chair that needed to hold the weight of a 6′ 7″ giant + two wild toddlers. So, there it sat under my couch for the next 2 months.
I was beginning to think I should hire a professional, but after chatting with my grandfather while we were on our trip to Maine about the best way to hang it, I decided to tackle the project myself. So, last Thursday I climbed into my attic on a 100-degree low country day to install a brace between the floor joists in order to hang my chair. Now, in a perfect world, I would have attached the chair directly to an existing floor joist, but the location of my floor joists weren’t in the right spot, so I had to create a new terminal from which the chair could hang.
Also, in a perfect world, you don’t have to hoist yourself into an attack located inside a tiny closet with a hole the size of a bucket. Yup, our attic access is in there (the closet pictured above). It was so hot that I thought I might die up there. Just pass out and be stuck forever in the attic of death. I think I lost 10 pounds of water weight that afternoon. But, it was all worth it for this hanging chair!
I cut a 2×4 to size — my floor joists are 22″ apart — and made sure the fit was snug enough that I had to tap the new brace into place. Then I attached a floor joist hanger to either side, slid the new brace into place and for added measure screwed from the outside, through the existing joist, into the new brace (on either side).
Then, my husband screwed the 3/8″ x 4 1/2″ eye bolt with locking nut into place from the underside of the ceiling and through the 2×4 brace. Once the bolt came through the 2×4, I locked it into place with the nut. Not that I’ll be testing the theory, but this forged steel eye bolt can hold up to 1,200 pounds. Of course, that didn’t stop me from cringing the first time Jeremiah sat on it with both the girls in his lap.
This chair is very bohemian, which I wouldn’t really consider my style, but man does it work. I’m so obsessed with this chair in the living room that it makes me do a happy dance every time I see it.
Yes to hanging chairs inside the house! This is seriously the most fun furniture we own.