By Cora L. Diekman and Mackenzie Dunn

Published on May 15, 2018

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At this point, pretty much any Ikea product can be hacked to look more elevated, be more functional, or serve a completely different purpose. From shelves and bookcases to dressers and nightstands, if it’s from Ikea, it’s safe to say it can be hacked. Plus, with companies out there that will basically do your Ikea hack for you, there’s no excuse not to take some of your favorite affordable items to the next level.

One of our favorite things to hack? Lighting. Good lighting is key to a beautiful home, but the fixtures we love can often be out of our budget. So we’ve rounded up a few ways you can DIY pendants, sconces, and more for a brighter, more finished look. Metallic paint, at the ready.

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Sinnerlig Pendant Lamp Hack

Adding legs to the Sinnerlig pendant lamp gives it a totally new purpose. The woven bamboo lamp shade shines as a decorative accent thanks to pops of pink wooden blocks adhered with just a bit a glue. Have someone help you rewire it to be plugged into a wall and voila! You have a new piece that feels a bit boho and Art Deco all in one. 

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Photography by Kitchen Trials

Skurr Chandelier by Kitchen Trials

The dainty lace-like look of the Skurr candle holder is almost begging to be made into a chandelier. This blogger created her very own by wiring a triple pendant cord through the metal holders for a one-of-a-kind fixture. When lit, the lace texture creates stunning patterns on the wall. 

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Photography by BOYS & BUNTING

Crochet Flower Lamp

Another twist on the Maskros pendant, this version replaces the ends with crochet flowers—perfect for a kid’s room or even a fun guest suite. If you don’t have crochet flowers on hand, there are plenty of alternatives available at local craft stores.

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West Elm-Inspired Industrial Floor Lamp

Originally inspired by a pricey West Elm original, this hack creates a much more affordable version using an Ikea light like Ranarp or Hektar and sisal rope from the hardware store.

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Glam Gold Pendant Tutorial by Sugar and Cloth

Choose your pendant, choose your exterior color, and finish with a metallic gold interior hue. Instant glam lighting on an Ikea budget.

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Photography by THE GATHERED HOME

Copper Pipe Icosahedron Pendant by the Gathered Home

Inspired by an icosahedron-shaped pendant by Henry Pilcher, this tutorial includes complete instructions for creating a chic knockoff for only $50, including the cost of an Ikea Foto pendant. And if you think this hack looks too complicated for amateurs, guess again—it’s little more than threading copper wire through a series of copper pipes.

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Platter To Pendant

One clever DIY-er turned an Ikea platter into this industrial pendant light. While the platter is no longer available through Ikea, they do offer a variety of affordable pendants  – just swap the original shade for the platter of your choice. Tip: If you’re feeling especially creative, the Hemma series includes several cord options, like double and triple pendant cord sets.

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Photography by KRISTI MURPHY

Simple Copper Pendant by Kristi Murphy

If you’ve ever purchased a standard plug-in light at Ikea and wondered how to hang it from the ceiling, this hack is for you.  Complete instructions walk you through the process, including a suggestion for transforming a bland Foto pendant light into this chic copper statement piece.

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Shades of Light Sconce Hack by Shine Your Light

Another hack inspired by designer lighting, these sconces are an affordable take on the British Reading Wall Lamps by Shades of Light. In this case, the Arstid wall lamp does the trick. And while the original looks quite different from the finished version shown here, no worries: the tutorial will walk you through everything step by step.

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Photography by THE PAINTED HIVE

Desk Lamp to Wall Sconce by the Painted Hive

This clever tutorial turns a desk lamp into an adjustable wall sconce. And feel free to use your imagination, because a variety of desk lamps will work for this hack.

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Photography by GO HAUS GO

DIY Copper Pendant by Go Haus Go

And speaking of simple spray paint hacks, a can of copper paint upgrades this simple white Fillsta pendant into a glam metallic chandelier with serious possibilities.

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Stool-Turned-Desk Lamp Tutorial by Hither and Tither

Just when you thought you’d seen everything, this genius hack turns the Ikea Frosta stool into a modern desk lamp, with the help of a Sekond cord set.

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Photography by AKICSIHAZ.HU

Stockholm Hack

This version is a more eclectic take on a Sputnik chandelier. And while the instructions are not in English, the step-by-step photos make everything perfectly clear. It turns out, this is little more than removing the spindles, painting the rods gold, and reattaching them randomly for a funkier display.

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Photography by KOJO DESIGNS

Copper Barn Pendant Light by Kojo Designs

The Ottava has a lovely old-world feel, perfect for farmhouse-inspired designs. But if the basic aluminum finish doesn’t call your name, coat with two layers of metallic copper spray paint for an amazing upscale feel that’s still rustic-chic.

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Photography by KRISTI MURPHY

Tripod Lamp Hack by Kristi Murphy

Transform a 28” Nymo shade into this modern tripod lamp with only a few simple supplies. Love the leather strapping at the middle.

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Photography by NALLE'S HOUSE

DIY Cage Light Sconces by Nalle’s House

Turn Ekby Valter brackets into modern light holders for any pendant you choose. This is a great solution for standard plug-in lights that don’t wire into the ceiling.

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DIY Sputnik Chandelier by Dwellings by Devore

If you’ve ever priced a Sputnik chandelier, you know they can range from expensive to OMG!  With this clever hack by Dwellings by DeVore, you can transform an $59.99 Maskros chandelier into this amazing fixture with gold accents. (Note: A larger version of Maskros is also available in 32 inches for even more drama.)

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Photography by POPPY TALK

Accordion Wall Sconce by Poppy Talk

Would you believe this is actually the base of an accordion Frack bathroom mirror supporting that light? Use the clamp light of your choice, and you’ll have a modern sconce that’s sure to be a conversation piece.

This story was originally published October 3, 2016. It has been updated with new information.

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