How to Hang a Hanging Chair Inside

Written by robert gray
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Hanging a chair inside requires you to become familiar with the structure of your house. That means figuring out which way the ceiling joists run. That's hard to do with drywall covering them, but for a hanging chair to withstand the weight of a person sitting in it, the eye screw the chair hangs from must be screwed into a joist. This will have a big effect on where the chair is ultimately hung.

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Things you need

  • Coat hanger
  • Wire cutter
  • Ladder
  • Electric drill
  • Assorted drill bits
  • Long nail
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • 5/16-inch wood eye screw
  • S-hook
  • Screwdriver (optional)

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  1. 1

    Clip the hook off a wire coat hanger off below the twisted section. The coat hanger should now have two straight ends with no bends in them. Straighten the coat hanger out and then bend it exactly in half forming a shallow U-shape at the bend.

  2. 2

    Climb a ladder and drill a hole in the ceiling slightly larger than the diameter of the coat hanger wire. Check to see if the drill bit happened to drill into a joist. Pull out the bit and stick a long nail in the hole to see if it's stopped by wood. If not, thread one tip of the bent coat hanger up through the hole until reaching the U-curve in the wire.

  3. 3

    Swivel the coat hanger by moving the wire that is sitting below the ceiling. Rotate it until it hits a ceiling joist. With a pencil, mark its location on the ceiling where the tip of the hanger wire is located on the ceiling. Its position will be identical to the wire's position that's threaded through the hole in the ceiling.

  4. 4

    Turn the hanger in the opposite direction until the wire hits the same joist again. Mark that location on the ceiling. Lay a ruler between the two marks and draw a faint line. This is one side of the ceiling joist.

  5. 5

    Measure 1 1/2-inches from the pencil line and draw another light pencil line. This is the thickness of the ceiling joist. Be sure to measure the 1 1/2-inches in the correct direction. Don't measure in the direction where there is open space.

  6. 6

    Set the hanging chair on the floor below the ceiling joist marked on the ceiling. Make sure the chair will have at least one foot of clearance between it and any walls.

  7. 7

    Standing on the ladder hold the chain from the top of the chair straight up and make a mark on the ceiling in the middle of the joist located in Steps 3 through 5.

  8. 8

    Put a drill bit in an electric drill slightly smaller in diameter than that of the eye screw. Drill straight up into the centre of the joist 2 1/2 to 3 inches.

  9. 9

    Put the tip of the eye screw in the drilled hole and turn it all the way in until there are no threads showing.

  10. 10

    Hook one end of an S-hook through the eye screw, hook the other end through a link in the chain from the top of the chair.

Tips and warnings

  • Plug the hole drilled in the ceiling for the coat hanger with filler and wipe it flush with the ceiling.
  • Stick the shank of a long screw driver through the eye of the eye screw and turn with both hands if you can't turn it with your bare hands.
  • Most ceiling joists are 2 by 6 or 8-inches with the 2 being how thick the board is. In fact the board measures 1 1/2-inches thick.
  • If the hanging chair didn't come with an eye screw then purchase one with at least a 5/16-inch diameter threaded shank.

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