Everyone loves an indoor swing.

Swing on emmasdesignblogg, white room

Swing on emmasdesignblogg, white room

Beautiful wooden swing in loft

Daybed swing at Casa Redonda, from Flickr

A swing inside the house changes things. Yes, not everyone has a ceiling high enough or room wide enough for a swing, and yes, most of the photos we found of indoor swings pictured them in lofts—and in lofts you can do many things indoors that people normally do outside. Actually, though, a normal 8′ ceiling is high enough for a regular kids’ swing. And there’s always the more adult alternative of suspending furniture, such as the hanging daybed in the Casa Redonda hotel in Puerto Rico, above, which could easily be hung indoors. And in the photo of the old gentlemen on the daybed in South India (click below), a regular wooden settee has simply been hung from the ceiling – legs and all. Anything is possible—even just a regular wooden armchair. Most ceilings have strong enough joists to hang a swing, but you need to make sure you’re using at least a 3″ – 4″ screw with eyehook and a strong rope, cable or chain. Thanks to Flickr for many of these shots. Video here. And check out apartmenttherapy.

Raven on swing in Chinatown loft, NYC, by Brian Liu of toolboxdc


1 and 2: A beautiful Danish house seen on emmasdesignblogg and Remodelista.
3. Daybed swing at Casa Redonda, Puerto Rico. Swinging furniture is more common in the tropics, and that’s probably because air flow past the body is particularly welcome in the heat – the swing becomes a substitute for a fan.
4. Beautiful walnut indoor swing (unknown source). There’s something touching about a swing wide enough for two.
5. Raven, one of Bjork’s tour stylists, swinging in a friend’s NYC Chinatown Loft. Found on Flickr, this shot is by Brian Liu of toolboxdc.

More indoor swings:

Adi on a loft swing by Lemonofpink on Flickr

Adi on swing, from lemonofpink on Flickr.

Loft swing by joshuagmizrahi

Loft swing for two, by joshuagmizrahi on Flickr.

Swing in Williamsburg Loft, from douglemoine on Flickr

Great loft swing in Williamsburg loft, NYC. You feel you are swinging out into the NY skyline.

Old friends on swing in house in South India

Indoor daybed swing for a nice “chat sit” for three old friends in a big old traditional house in Kanadukathan, Chettinad, South India. The practice of just suspending a daybed with legs is common. “They used to chat sit on this giant rocking chair. On the picture, you can see the entrance of the house, you can imagine how big are those Chettinad houses.” From Flickr here and here.

Christi on swing, by ewphoto on Flickr

Christi on swing and managing to touch the ceiling, by ewphoto on Flickr.

And thanks to Stephanie (see comments below) for this shot from Agnes Varda’s Cleo.

And the ever amazing Elly Jackson from La Roux:

La Roux's Elly Jackson on swing

13 comments on "Everyone loves an indoor swing."

  1. Hi Ouno:
    It’s so amazing how I landed upon your blog here on swings. I am very passionate about swings and want to make one for my own home but before that I wanted to hunt around for interesting uses and images of swings. I am creating a post on my blog on ‘Swings’ and would like your permission for some of the imagery used in your post. I would greatly appreciate it if I could show a few of these images in my collection. Ofcourse, I will credit you.

    Thank you so much.
    Preeti Menon

  2. No problem, post away! Just please link back to here so that your readers know who took these photos. I had special permission from a number of these photographers to post these! Thanks.

  3. I am also fascinated with swings and have long dreamed of having one inside the house. As we are already in the finishing stage, I am still convincing my architect and contractor into putting it up as we don’t really have a big space. ‘Will keep you posted. Thank you for inspiring people with your ideas and compilations.

  4. Hi Ouno i have just made and hung a indoor swing in our living area — and think it looks pretty cool would love to send you a photo or 2

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