Make your own hanging light fixture.
I’ve been working to create the perfect office space, taking over a corner in our master bedroom. I wanted it to be comfortable, stylish, and motivational and to have everything I need within reach. Most of all, I wanted it to be inexpensive.
So far we’ve redone a desk with a slick white finish and pretty hardware, put together a wall art installation-full of printables made with Photoshop (printables available to blog subscribers-get yours!), it’s pretty as well as motivational. A bulletin board hangs to the right of my desk, with more motivation-an editorial calendar and my kids photos.
I can work from my desk or relax on the couch to the left. Either space lends comfort, inspiration and creativity. Best of all, total cost has been less than $25! Bonus.
I have been searching for a hanging light fixture…
Unable to find a pretty but economical option. I pulled an unfinished plant stand out of storage, to use for now, and placed a lamp on it. The lamp was too big for the desk, it didn’t leave enough work space. The light needs to do double duty, illumination for the desk area and for working from the couch.
Since the work-space is in the bedroom there are times when I am working long after Bruce, my husband, retires for the night. So I need to make sure that the light is focused in the office area not keeping him awake while I work. I could move to another room, but that defeats the purpose of having an office.
Below is a photo of the current situation with the lamp and plant stand. I love the work space, but I really want to get rid of the unfinished stand, it takes up too much space, I want the area to feel light not closed in.
I am so thankful for google and the internet.
Tooling around, web surfing, I found articles about making a hard-wired light fixture into a light that plugs into an outlet. This is exactly what I have been looking for. I don’t want to have to go to the expense of hiring an electrician to wire a light, someday I may want to move my office. When my kids leave home we’ll have two bedrooms sitting unused and I may relocate into one of them.
I also don’t have a wired light fixture to “un-hard wire”, I would have to purchase the light and the parts needed to convert it. Not economical.
Then I came across this, just what I was looking for.
This kit is available at Lowe’s and will convert a lamp shade into a hanging light fixture. Upon finding this kit the clouds parted and the angels sang! I jumped in the car and drove directly to Lowe’s, (I didn’t stop, pass go or collect $200!) immediately scooping one up! Not only did it fit my needs, it was only $14.98!
If need you need a shade you can choose one by the same company, Allen & Roth, fortunately I already had a shade. The only other item I needed -2 white ceiling hooks, 1 to hang the light and another to place on the ceiling near the wall with the outlet. The hooks were $1.98. Grand total for new light and hooks $18.15 with tax! Total win!
I love that the cord is clear, you can hardly see it against the ceiling and the drapes hide the cord running down the wall. ( I pulled them to the side so you could see it, but normally the cord is tucked up under the molding and behind the drapes.) Perfect!
The light is in the perfect spot between the desk and the couch. I love the way it looks, clean and modern, and my desktop is free for my computer or sketching paraphernalia.
I love it when things come together, especially so inexpensively!
Pick one up and create your very own hanging light fixture, it’s so simple:
- Add a shade
- Turn a screw
- Hang a hook or two
And voila! You have a great, inexpensive light fixture! Can’t get simpler than that!