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Published on April 22nd, 2008 | by Jules Yap


fancy lamp at a down to earth price

gun brooke creates a column lighting from ikea curtains. be sure to treat the fabric to fire retardant sprays to minimize fire hazard.

he says, “i used curtains from ikea to create a column lighting that i’ve seen in a fancy lamp store (cost a fortune there!) and i figured i could make it. i took steel wire and made a circle. before i closed it, i threaded two thin ikea curtains on it. (i think the curtain i used is out of production, but you can use either wilma or sarita – both very inexpensive.)


i then let the wires run across the circle, making a loop in the middle to be able to hook it to the ceiling. i hung cheap christmas lights in the center, across the wire. and there you go! looks pretty much exactly like the expensive one i saw in the fancy store!”

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7 Responses to fancy lamp at a down to earth price

  1. Redheadgrrl says:

    the xmas light I use don’t get hot, so never thought of it as a fire hazard – so that’s my “hottest” tip – use led lights or any other lights that don’t get hot. :-)

  2. satxxkenn says:

    That’s what a smoke alarm is for people.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Love the idea. I’d be concerned about the lamp being a fire hazard. Maybe I’d put a contrasting band around the top end of the curtain lamp for visual interest.

  4. rlbrown08 says:

    Not to be a Debbie Downer, but aren’t you concerned about it being a fire hazard? \

  5. Anonymous says:

    Love it! have 18 foot high foyer, and ugly utilitiarian bare bulb tin thing. Not any more! This will be far better than what I was going to do. Spray paint.

    Thanks for the idea!

  6. Anonymous says:

    IKEA sold this exact same concept as part of its holiday line maybe 4 years back. It ‘shade’ was a thin sliver mesh-like material with white lights down the middle.

  7. a says:

    If you use LED holiday lights, the fire danger would be much lower (and the electricity).

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