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Published on September 28th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Hacker help: Chandelier Hack Ideas?

Photo: IKEA.com

Materials: KRISTALLER Chandelier, EKBY HÅLL shelf Bracket

Description: I’ve moved into an apartment with concrete ceilings and no light fixture holes. I have two hanging chandeliers (one Kristaller and one that is much like a Kristaller – second pic) that I absolutely love, but don’t want to drill hooks into the concrete. Does anyone have any idea as to any Ikea hacks that would help me hang my beloved chandeliers again?

I was thinking of getting EKBY HÅLL shelf Brackets, attaching it to a wall, and hanging my chandeliers on them, but I’m not sure if the weight would be supported? Or maybe getting a huge, tall candle holder or tall vase and balancing the chandeliers on top of them, creating a floor lamp? Would that cause poor stability though? Any ideas?

I know how to convert my chandeliers into plug in ones, I just can’t think of how to hang them.

~ Victoria, Canada

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14 Responses to Hacker help: Chandelier Hack Ideas?

  1. Cindy says:

    I had the same problem. I bought an inexpensive wrought iron plant stand that had three hooks for three plants. You didn’t have to use all the hooks, you could take off the ones you didn’t want. I tested the stand for stability before I bought it and discovered it could support the weight of the chandelier and wouldn’t tip over. I spray painted the stand white (you could use any color you like) and used the highest hook which put the light at about the same height as a floor lamp.

  2. Shweta says:

    I’m trying out something similar to you, instead I’m making a floor chandelier from a recent bid I won on eBay and will be mounting it on an ikea black floor lamp.
    I’m re doing my living room and dining table with glass table and mad hatter high back wing chairs perhaps a settee and the floor lamp just next to it.
    Merging ikea with glamour…

  3. Anonymous says:

    where is the second chandalier from??

  4. Anonymous says:

    I work at IKEA and with attaching the Ekby Hall bracket to a concrete wall, you should be fine. Just use the proper plug/screw for a concrete wall and you’d be set. Kristaller isn’t terribly heavy and I doubt the second one is much heavier.

  5. Jo-Anne says:

    Try taking a large decorative flower pot and a tall garden hook for hanging flower pots from . line the bottom of the pots with foam blocks center the hook and fill the pot with plaster of paris then just hang your lights from that

    • Anonymous says:

      I like this idea! You can pick the pot that suits your decor and paint the garden hook any color you want. Just before the plaster of Paris dries you could embed mosaic tiles, colored glass, etc. to add some extra bling. Or wait till it’s dry and cover it with almost anything you want to pretty it up.

  6. prue says:

    I am wondering why you don’t want to drill hooks into the concrete – aren’t you allowed to? Not critizing, merely wondering, because all the alternatives mentioned sound less good to me than drilling those holes. Unless, of course, you mustn’t do that!

  7. Julia Konya says:

    My brother has a lamp like the REGOLIT from Ikea over his dining room table in his rental house. He ins’t allowed to hang anything from the ceilings. Would that lamp support the weight of one of the chandeliers? I don’t know! Maybe you could try on a floor model in the store.

  8. Anonymous says:

    If the room is under 96 inched wide in one dimension, you can span the space with a thin tension rod to use to hang the chandelier and the rubber tips should protect the wall. Or a length of cable secured with a tightly crimped loop that spans the space much like the IKEA curtain cables. Just make sure the anchors on either side are well secured to the wall with molys or the like – and you can disguise the cable with thin swagged curtains or thread a chain over the cable before you mount it to the wall. You might also be able to use construction adhesive to mount a hook to the ceiling as long as the surface area to be stuck to the ceiling is large enough to provide a good hold, but you may have difficulty in removing it in the future. Or look for a reading lamp that arcs from the wall, and hack the fixtures to the end of it over the table.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Use silicone and a unique ceiling hook…add chain to make it blingier….lol.

    Rewire the lamps to be a plug in instead of hard wired into a box.

    I’ve also used 3M mounting tape hooks….check for weight.

    I live in a warehouse/loft….and have concrete ceilings.

  10. Shark Mom says:

    It’s possible a 3M Command Strip hook would work for you. No holes drilled, but the ceiling will need to be fairly smooth.

    You’ll need to explore their website and find the hooks that can hold the weight of the chandelier.

    Here’s one large hook.


    There are some stylish hooks but I couldn’t find one that holds over 5 pounds.

    • Anonymous says:

      The problem with those are that they don’t work from the ceiling, everything slips off. I’ve been looking for a hook to put in my basement ceiling for ages and still haven’t come up with a solution.

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