• Swing advice please

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    truegrace [sign in to see picture]
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    Hey all, first time poster here, only stumbled onto LH the other day, and seems much better than other sites I have used in the past

    Myself and my OH have been debating investing in a swing, but are concerned about anchoring it to the ceiling. We live in a fairly new house (4-5 years old) and finding a beam shouldnt be too much issue by routing about in the loft, but they look a bit to weak to support the weight.

    Have tried a google on attaching heavy things to the ceiling and most posts that come back are about punch bags, where I got the general feeling that people were not keen on a 100lb bag, let alone the weight of a person.

    Anyone got any experience with putting one up? We could use the door frame, but would rather have the freedom of the full bedroom if possible.

    Thanks in advance

    Jojo

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    YoungHavingFun [sign in to see picture]
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    Could you try a frame for the swing instead of hanging it from the ceiling?? http://www.lovehoney.co.uk/product.cfm?p=7455

    Would mean it could be anywhere in the bedroom (space allowing), but not just on the door and also doesn't need to be fixed to the ceiling :)

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    truegrace [sign in to see picture]
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    YoungHavingFun wrote:

    Could you try a frame for the swing instead of hanging it from the ceiling?? http://www.lovehoney.co.uk/product.cfm?p=7455

    Would mean it could be anywhere in the bedroom (space allowing), but not just on the door and also doesn't need to be fixed to the ceiling :)

    We did look at frames, but figured it would be easier trying to explain what a hook was in the ceiling to our 3 year old that why we had a swing inside rather than the garden :P

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    YoungHavingFun [sign in to see picture]
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    They are collapsible as far as I'm aware though... To be honest I would think a hook was more suspicious, if I saw a hook in the middle of someone's room I'd immediately think it was for a swing haha

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    ginger69 [sign in to see picture]
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    Hi,

    The usual method for fixing anything in the manner you describe is to fit additional timber in the loft running accress several of the roof trusses - then the loading is spread accross a far greater area - can then easily support a persons weight--. good luck

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    Ms HKM [sign in to see picture]
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    Ginger has the right idea.

    If you have access to your loft - you're onto a winner. No need for a frame!

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    truegrace [sign in to see picture]
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    Thanks for the replies, gonna get up in the loft later and have a look with what Im dealing with, have def got access so should be no problem :)

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    swindonman [sign in to see picture]
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    Please don't fix to just one trus could be a disaster, imagen trying to explain to the insurer, make a frame in the loft to allow the waight to bared on more beams over more surface area, buying the timber now will save a lot in the future. but the most inportant thing is to have fun and be safe, wear a hard hat

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