Published on March 27th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


How-to: Make a replacement Samtid lamp shade

Materials: board, cutting tool, patience

Description: The Samtid floor lamp is a beautiful design, and will last for many years. Sadly, the skimpy plastic shade that comes with it disintegrates after two short years, and Ikea does not sell replacements. It doesn’t matter if sunlight hits the shade, it doesn’t matter if you used a low-heat compact fluorescent. They just fall apart. DO NOT throw that base away. Here is a template to make your own replacement shade.

Print out the pdf on regular old letter sized paper. Your printer may cut off the edges of the images; don’t worry, just print out at 100% size. Tape the pages together according to the indications. Tape onto your Bristol board, card stock, or sheet plastic. Cut out on lines, “weave” tabs together, and attach to your base. The template includes the original shade, and also a slightly taller and (I think) much more graceful shape.

Years of extended life for a great but flawed Ikea product!

Download the pdf here.

~ Matthew Bird, Providence, RI

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19 Responses to How-to: Make a replacement Samtid lamp shade

  1. Cuff says:

    Here’s a PDF created in Adobe Illustrator of the full shade for those with access to cad/laser cutters:

    (Please note it is the taller, extended version.)

    Great work, Matthew!

  2. Thomas J Naleid says:

    I made 5 replacement shades for my Samtid floor lamps using 4′ X 8′ Plastic Panel (Polywall) that I picked up at Home Depot ($19.98). It is 1/16″ thick and is easily cut with a utility knife. I used an original shade that I taped where it was cracking and used it as a template for the new shades. I used a straight edge to draw a line along the base of the tabs. I then overlapped the ends by about 3/4″ and drilled 5 matching holes for small 3/8″ bolts and fastening nuts. The finished shades look great and I would venture that they will not deteriorate like the original shades over time.

  3. JurgenTeG says:

    Yesterday I bought the Trogsta @IKEA.NL for only € 10,-.
    This complete lamp includes the plastic “replacement” shade for this Samtid (although not conical)

  4. Iniga says:

    Thank you for this! It worked perfectly– thankfully since the original shade disintigrated completely when I took it off. (Previously it had just been cracked.)

    For anyone looking for the right piece of plastic, I used item #42584 (HDPE 24″ x 48″ 1/32″ Thick) from the US Plastics website. It’s large enough for the taller version of the shade, but costs $11-$12 so more than a pretty piece of paper from the local art store.

  5. Iniga says:

    Thank you for the tutorial! It worked perfectly. (Thankfully since when took off the original shade it disintegrated into a million pieces… previously it had just had a few rips.)

    For anyone looking for the right sheet of plastic, what worked for me was item #42584 from (HDPE 24″ X 48″, 1/32″ thick). It’s more than large enough for the taller shade. However it costs $11-12, so a bit more than if you find a pretty piece of paper at your local art store. :)

  6. MTomS says:

    Would be cool to have the electronic copy be compatible with laser cutters. That way we could perfectly make a shade out of just about anything.

  7. IKEA amor says:

    I worked in lighting and had several customers ask about a replacement shade. We figured out that the JARA shade fit nicely. Plus, you could customize it with fabric.

  8. Thomas says:

    3-4 years ago I purchased seven Samtid floor lamps from Ikea for use in both my summer and winter residences. Every lamp shade warped and caved in at the seam. I went to Lowe’s and purchased a package of Presco 15″ PVC/Irrigation marking flags for $3.98. I cut a length of the wire to insert one end on the seam and extend across the top of the shade. The result is fantastic-you don’t see the wire and the natural flex of the shade holds the wire in place with the shade back to its normal shape.

  9. Martin Walsh says:

    Is there a full size pdf for those of us with access to large format printers and averse to cut and paste? :-)

  10. Celia Metz says:

    I am having difficulty finding Bristol board in a large enough size to cut out the template as a single piece. Any suggestions on where to look? Art supply store I checked with says it only comes in small pieces (granted that was our small town store – may have to take a trip to Seattle to track down). And if I opted for plastic sheet, what kind of plastic – styrene?? Many thanks for posting this hack. I love my lamp but the shade is trashed!!!

  11. jlprittenhouse jlprittenhouse says:


    I am impressed the shade lasted you as long as it did. I believe it lasted about 6 months for us.

    We love Ikea. But, as my husband always says when asked ‘What happened to [insert Ikea piece here]‘, ‘Ikea happened to it’. The base, as you say, is fantastic. The shade – not so fantastic.

    We were all set to wing making the replacement shade until I stumbled on this, Matthew. Much gratitude!

  12. Fede says:

    Matthew, Please, Could you tell us what is the paper size in centimeters? Thank you

  13. Sammy says:

    Thank you for this tutorial, it worked great and my new lamp shade looks great. I went with the original height, and only used 1/3 of the card stock board ($3.91). Final cost for my replacement shade: $1.30 :)

    Thank you!

  14. Ann says:

    A fancy piece of thick paper at the local art store cost me $4.90 in New York. Looks great, thank you!

  15. Anonymous says:

    I just looked on IKEA Netherlands and I can’t find this 5€ replacement lampshade. Can you put a link please?

  16. Anonymous says:

    I am glad to know that IKEA Netherlands has a 5 Euro replacement. The IKEA Stoughton, Massachusetts doesn’t. This hack will cost less than a 5 Euro shade + a flight to Europe. ALSO, it is a more elegant shade. And so easy to customize! Hooray!

  17. Anonymous says:

    You can also go to the IKEA customer service desk. They can order a new one for you for just 5 euro’s.
    Kind regards
    Customer service employee IKEA Netherlands…

  18. Neomig says:

    Dear Matthew- Thanks so much for sharing!
    Best regards

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