Published on August 3rd, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Giant Flower Canopy Lamp

Materials: Knappa Pendant Lamp, (2) LÖVA bed canopies, 1/2 inch metal pipe, 24×36 sheet acrylic, craft paper, spray glue, clips to secure pipe to wall, AC plug kit, spray paint, pipe cutter

Description: This is a lamp I made for my daughter’s bedroom. I loved the LÖVA bed canopies, but there was something kinda tacky about just putting them on the wall by themselves. I was looking at the Knappa Pendant one day, and it clicked! When utilized with the canopies, it created the “flower” for the leaves, and really went with the theme I was going for in the room. By adding a dimmer, its a great lamp for reading, and then becomes a nightlight at bedtime.

First of all, I purchased a 1/2 galvanized pipe I found at Home Depot in the plumbing section. It was really cheap and also easy to bend in to the shape I wanted. (just be careful when bending, that you don’t kink it in half) after I got my round shape, I cut the pipe to the proper length I needed using a standard pipe cutter. Then just spray paint any color you like…I used a metallic gold Rustoleum spray paint.

Next, you have to cut the plug off of the end of your Knappa pendant light kit. Then you run the wire through the metal pipe. Pull the wire all the way until the lighting fixture is to the end and flush. Then I used a little hot glue and silicone to secure it to the pipe. I also wrapped the bottom in duct tape to keep the fixture snug against the pipe and eliminate slack. Then just attach a new plug fixture on the end. (I bought it at Home Depot in electrical, and it was easy to do, just splicing the wires) I even added a toggle switch and dimmer so the kids could easily turn it on and off.

Next, I built a plexiglass tube to cover all the “guts” and make the instal look cleaner. Plus I love the shine and gloss of it. Take the sheet of acrylic plexiglass and using spray glue and craft paper, glue it to the underside of the acrylic. IMPORTANT: Make sure to get the thinnest plexi you can and test that you will be able to bend it without cracking. I chose to just do a 24×36 sheet because I didn’t need the tube to extend all the way to the floor, but if you do, you might need 2 sheets.

Now for the install…
Start by pre drilling the holes in your acrylic sheet so the screws don’t crack it. After you attach one end of the plexi to the wall using screws and washers, your going to attach your LÖVA canopies at the height you want, right on top of the acrylic preferably to a wall stud, or use sheetrock anchors. Then run the metal pipe through the same brackets as your LÖVA and then use pipe clips to secure it further. Then the next part is probably the hardest/trickiest…You have to be able to bend your acrylic all the way over (Without Cracking), and screw it to the wall from the inside of the tube. And that’s about it. Obviously you want to test the lamp and connections before mounting, but using a few cheap materials, you transform these Ikea products and make them seamlessly look like they were meant to be together.

~ Robert Rodriguez, Corpus Christi, Texas

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

15 Responses to Giant Flower Canopy Lamp

  1. Anna says:

    Very pretty!
    I also like left corner design, very beautiful.
    How did you make the left corner storage unit?

  2. Tina says:

    I have two those beds. Can u tell me what paints u used. Do they scratch off easy?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Could you tell me the name of the paint and what company I just love that purple colour!

  4. Thanks for all the compliments… I got the thin plexiglas at The Home Depot. It was a 2×3 ft sheet. When your at the store just make sure and test out if it’s bendable enough. The bed is actually an Ikea MAMMUT kids bed that I got on clearance. I painted it gloss white and made a tufted padded headboard with some foam/batting/fabric. Then I screwed it on from the back. If you want I can post the instructions and pictures for that hack too. And lastly the duvet set is just from Walmart.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Adorable room!

  6. Beautiful! Where did you get teh duvet cover??

  7. Anonymous says:

    What a gorgeous room! A couple of questions : where can I buy the thin plexiglass? And where did you get that bed?

  8. Anonymous says:

    Love the colors in this room!!

  9. Anonymous says:

    nice job!

  10. Anonymous says:

    so cute!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Beyond clever!

  12. njw says:

    Wow, what a cute room!

  13. Lacey Loftin says:

    That is pretty cool!

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