Happy Wednesday! Today I’m feeling extra dorky because I’m super excited to talk about ceiling lamps! Normally, the topic of ceiling fixtures wouldn’t have me very giddy, but this DIY ceiling lamp hack is so easy, stylish, and damage free (I’m talking to you renters), I have to share.
It all started about a year ago when I moved into a new apartment and discovered come nightfall, this place got dark and was seriously lacking lighting. I’m talking whole rooms with ZERO light fixtures. As a lover of light, sunshine, and being able to see at night, I knew something had to be done. For some rooms it was easy – a floor lamp here, table lamp there, but the living room had me stumped. I had placed some floor lights in the room, but with a lack of space elsewhere for another floor lamp or table lamp (due to the size and layout of the room), my only option was up. As a renter, putting in recessed lighting is not an option, nor is anything that would leave a huge mark, so my ceiling light options seemed slim to none.
My solution? A DIY two-piece ceiling lamp that is customizable, requires no tools, and is transportable after you move! This lamp is perfect for renters, or anyone who wants an easy lighting solution that doesn’t require the skills of an electrician. Oh, and most importantly it brightens the room!
- Lamp shade
- Electrical cord with two hooks
- Light Bulb
1. Select a light fixture
I chose a large, neutral lamp shade (no longer available, but similar option here) that matches the style of my living room and fits the space. I would recommend having a friend or spouse hold up the lamp shade to your ceiling before assembling, in order to make sure it is the correct size and design for the space.
2. Hide the electrical cord
With this type of light fixture, an electrical cord will be visible in order to hang the lamp from the ceiling. Unless you like the industrial style of a standard electrical cord, I would recommend choosing a method to hide the cord. One option is to purchase a “decorative” electrical cord, such as this rope cord I chose. Alternatively, you can hide a cord using a cord cover. With so many colors and styles to choose from, it is important to find an option that matches the décor of your home, as well as compliments the lamp shade.
3. Screw hooks into the ceiling
Determine where you want to the lamp to be located on the ceiling. Screw one hook into the ceiling where the lamp will be centered, and the other hook in the ceiling directly above the power outlet you will plug the lamp into. Make sure to select strong, metal hooks that will support the weight of the cord and lamp.
4. Assemble the ceiling lamp
Attach the electrical cord to the hooks, lowering the light bulb end to your desired hanging level. Attach the lamp shade, add a light bulb, and plug in the cord. If you want to get extra fancy like I did, choose a light bulb with a dimming option.
I hope this DIY ceiling lamp can solve your lighting dilemmas, and I would love to see your finished product!