Published on February 25th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Bedside lamp and shelf

Bo salvage a ceiling lamp and converts it into a bedside lamp.

“I had this old ceiling lamp that I don’t remember the official Ikea name for and I think its been discontinued. And my bedside shelf didnt have any nice place for a lamp but i liked the dome shape of that ceiling lamp. Problem was if you looked at it from any other angle than it was supposed to be looked at – from below ….

It just wasn’t as domey and cool, all of the innards were exposed. So I cut a large hole and put a small plank in one of the shelves to recess the lamp fitting. Replaced the cable with one that had a switch. Painted it matte black to match my Hopen bed. And job done.

There’s also an air ioniser with a fan in the back of the shelf near the base wich is made from left over stuff. But that’s another story.”

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8 Responses to Bedside lamp and shelf

  1. susan says: so thanks fort your shareand i will be back to read it and come back.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hi. Im glad u all like my little hack. The bulb looks much brighter in the pix than it actually is. In fact I wish it was tad bit brighter.

    The bedspread was a gift from my mom. No ideas of its whereabouts. Sorry.

    Take care /Bo

  3. Anonymous says:

    I agree-the flower bedspread is EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for! Where did you find it?

  4. Anonymous says:

    The Lock light is still available in Connecticut.. I picked one up the other day.

  5. I think that ceiling-to-bedside light is wonderful! I like a person who can make something new out of something old rather than run out and purchase something. Better for the enviornment too.

    - David

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  6. Anonymous says:

    I like the bedspread (brown flowers) can you tell me where you got it?

  7. Anonymous says:

    At least in Germany that lamp still is available.
    It’s called “Lock” and it’s insanely cheap: 1,99 EUR.
    I had one in my last apartment (as a wall light) and left it for the next tenants.

  8. Phil says:

    Great idea! I’d suggest that you pick up the lowest watt energy saver bulb that’ll fit from IKEA next time you’re there though. For one that looks insanely bright for a light right next to your head (hence lowest watt) and a regular bulb gives off a tremendous amount of heat unlike energy saver bulbs. Reading for any length of time next to a bright hot bulb will likely give you a nasty headache!

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