Buh-Bye Billy Bookcase: Everyone Is Hacking IKEA Lights
These 11 are our favorite.
Published May 1, 2019 7:15 AM
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 that will basically do your DIY 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 elevate pendants, sconces, and more for a brighter look. Metallic paint, at the ready.
A Sinnerlig Pendant–Turned–Floor Lamp
Adding legs to the Sinnerlig pendant lamp gives it a totally new purpose. The woven bamboo lampshade 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.
A 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. Check out the tutorial here.
A Lacey Bedroom Upgrade
The dainty lace look of the Skurar candle holder is almost begging to be made into a chandelier. Katrina of Kitchen Trials 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. Get the full how-to here.
A West Elm–Inspired Floor Lamp
Originally inspired by a West Elm original, this hack by Simple Home Simple Life creates a much more affordable version using an IKEA light similar to Ranarp and a sisal rope from the hardware store. The total cost? $15.
A Glam Gold Pendant
Talk about instant glam lighting on an IKEA budget. Choose your pendant, choose your exterior color, and finish the piece with a metallic gold interior hue. See the full project by Sugar and Cloth here.
A Pendant from a Platter
Elsie and Emma of A Beautiful Mess turned an IKEA platter into this industrial pendant light. While the platter is no longer available through IKEA, there are 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, including double and triple pendant cord sets.
A Perfect Copper Kitchen Pendant
If you’ve ever purchased a standard plug-in light at IKEA and wondered how to hang it from the ceiling, this hack by Kristi Murphy 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.
A Cage Sconce
A Sputnik Chandelier
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 a $59.99 Maskros chandelier into this amazing fixture with gold accents. Note: A larger version of Maskros is also available in a 32-inch size for even more drama.
A Tripod Floor Lamp
Transform a 28” Nymo shade into this modern tripod lamp with only a few simple supplies. The leather strapping at the middle elevates the Scandinavian-inspired look.
This story was originally published on May 15, 2018. It has been updated with new information.