Published on June 3rd, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Foiled by the Samtid!

Materials: Samtid floor lamp, drum shade, wire cutters,pliers,clip on lamp shade

Description: Picked up the Samtid floor lamp from Ikea Canada. I love what to me is a great mix of contemporary yet classic design. The price was great at $49.99 CDN. It would fit in great with my decor and give me the overall look I wanted. Sad to say the wife hated the shade. She felt the plastic shade cheapened the lamp. Looking online I figured out we would need a Uno Fitter Lamp Shade, but at pretty much every retail store I went to they were not to be found. Even calling specialty lighting stores I had 0 luck.

Looking a little deeper it seems that with low budget imports most every lampshade available requires the use of a harp. I took the lamp apart but found it very difficult to disassemble socket. Specifically the wiring to socket. At the risk of damaging the lamp I decided I would need to either (a) cut the wiring to remove the socket and hope I could feed the wire back through the tubing OR (b) give up the modification. I had picked up a great shade the would have to go back. In the end I found a solution to my problem.

I took the lamp and removed the existing plastic shade. However I left the three support rods intact. I purchased a drum shade that would match my existing room decor. I managed to find a children’s lamp that had a clip on style shade. The wiring simply went over your standard light bulb. Using my pliers I removed the wiring from the shade. I then took the new lamp shade and using a thin wire attached the clip-on wiring to the new shade. It worked like a charm ! Now I have a great lamp that fits the look of the room. All in all the project cost me about $70.00.

The lamp itself was $50, the new shade was $20, and the clip-on shade was something my parents had lying around the house.

~ Mike Boss, Toronto, Ontario Canada

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Jules Yap

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10 Responses to Foiled by the Samtid!

  1. Anonymous says:

    Barcelona Chair is a repro I purchased from a person leaving the country.

    UNO fitting shades are actually very hard to come accross, however seem to be the exclusive style of shade sold @ Ikea.

    Several places I called locally told me that with cheap shades available everywhere and imported from China it was near impossible to find good qaulity shades easily. It was the opinion of one of the sales people that UNO fitting shades were better.

    The hack was getting a standard shade designed to be installed with a harp onto the lamp.

    Not much of a hack, but I think it makes for a great looking lamp now.

    • Anonymous says:

      Great hack for a new shade. If your shade is warped only a little, as has been noted, mainly by direct sunlight, try inserting into the top edge of the shade the inside ring of an embroidery hoop. The wood one I had lying about was the exact size needed, about 10″ diameter. A plastic one in white would match the shade & look as if it belonged. It fits fine w/o mods, but can be attached more permanently w/ a piece or two of dbl-stick tape.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Does the lamp have some way of automatically keeping the shade and the bulb facing upright whenever you adjust the angle of the arm (something in the mechanism maybe)? Or do you have to realign it (the shade and the bulb) to be pointing up & down yourself, after adjusting the arm, each time?

    Looking at your second pic I thought it might be the former, but couldn’t really tell. Thanks!

  3. Anonymous says:

    imitation barcelona chair looks out of place

  4. Sherri says:

    I am also in love with that chair. Where is it from?

  5. sherri says:

    i love that chair. where did you get it?

  6. manfred says:

    an original barcelona chair?

  7. Sondre says:

    This might clear things up a bit:

    He hacked a lamp shade to fit the socket of the Samtid lamp, which originally has a white “plastic-y” shade.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Wouldn’t that cast an annoying shadow on the ceiling with the all the metal above and on the bulb?

    Nice Macgyvering but I think would have kept the shade and found a fabric or paper to decoupage on it instead.

  9. Anonymous says:

    What was the hack? I’m a little bit confused about what was done and what the goal was.

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