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Published on August 24th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


10-Minute Cheese Grater Lamp

Materials: HEMMA light cord/light bulb set, IDEALISK cheese grater, electrical tape

Description: I was inspired to make myself a new desk lamp by the lighting design of a trendy Mexican food restaurant in Berlin. I had always been annoyed by the shortness (and boring design) of the cheap desk lamp I have had since my dorm days, so I decided to bring a little fun into my workspace with this cheese grater lamp.

I bought the HEMMA light cord and CFL light bulb combo pack (in black) and the IDEALISK cheese grater for this project (the cheese grater in the version pictured is my old cheese grater, but the design works just as well with Ikea’s IDEALISK cheese grater, which is exactly the same size, shape, and weight). I originally intended to drill a slot and a hole in the handle for the cord but was lacking a drill that was powerful enough. Instead, I fed the cord through the cheese grater and looped it around the handle, then secured the loop with black electrical tape. Right now the cord loop balances stably on the handle, but if you find that too flimsy you can use more electrical tape to bind the bottom of the loop to the grater. Install on the ceiling so that the lamp hangs at a comfortable height above your workspace, and you have a great and funky new light source that cost 11 bucks and took 10 minutes to build!

This lamp is probably better suited thematically for a kitchen, but since I don’t have my own kitchen, that was not an option. I love cooking and LOVED this design, so I deemed this appropriate for my desk. Plus it provides just the right amount and angle of light for working (and is a great conversation piece).

~ K McF, California

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13 Responses to 10-Minute Cheese Grater Lamp

  1. Nope to dis says:

    How many of you are 19year old females, out on your own for the first time? Because I cannot imagine someone beyond 25 using a cheese grater for a lampshade. Just buy a lampshade, folks.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    I did something similar in my kitchen with mini-collanders as lamp shades. Looks really cool. We have a jelly mould as a lamp shade in the pantry too!

  5. Adriena says:

    I love this! Was just wondering, wouldn’t it be cool if we could remove the handle, invert the grater, use colored lighting and make the light be angled down through the holes . . . Ideas, ideas!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Awesome! Love this! I wanted to make 1 too

  7. Anonymous says:

    How cute! I’m very proud of you Sweetheart. You have been immensely creative from the day you were born. Now could you please get to work inventing the next Facebook.


  8. nycitysky says:

    I did this. I love it!

  9. Anonymous says:

    it’s so creative! love this

  10. Janine says:

    Very nice indeed!

  11. Grus says:

    Brilliant! Made me smile! :)

  12. Anonymous says:

    I recently saw a lamp for the ceiling made of a washing drum (waschtrommel). It would go very nicely with this one.

  13. Im not a big fan of Ikea. But this is a nice version how you can use their stuff. More like this please. I have to save money and need nice cheap lamps!!!

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