An indoor swing might seem risque to some, but really, it's a fun accent that can add a touch of whimsy to any home. And though backyard-type swings have been spotted in some homes, our favorite style is the hanging vintage egg chair, as seen at the Parker Palm Springs hotel. Who wouldn't have a good time lounging in one of those? If you're tempted to, um, get swinging, read on for what to look for in suspended seats.
Can Your Room Handle A Swing? Contrary to what you might think, you don't need a ton of room to hang a swing indoors, just enough to be able to swing a few feet in either direction. One option is to hang your swing in a doorway, and unlatch it while it isn't in use. Make sure that your ceilings or door frame are high enough so you can hang the swing at a comfortable level to get on and off, and so your feet clear the floor by approximately six to twelves inches.
Be Prepared To Hunt. Indoor swings come in a variety of materials. While wooden swings are the most traditional, they are often the least comfortable seats. Plastic is the most durable, and is available in a rainbow of bright colors. (And, thankfully, in interesting designs.) Hammock swings are often made from soft cotton or synthetic netting and are comfortable and form to the body.
Safety Matters. The instructions for your swing will indicate any special installation requirements. Generally speaking, though, it's best to hang a swing from a rafter or ceiling beam. If there are no exposed rafters, use an electronic stud finder to determine where there is a beam in the ceiling so it is stable. The swing should be rated for a specific maximum weight, so make sure to follow these guidelines.
Click through our slideshow to see our favorite indoor swings on the market now.