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Published on September 17th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


Upside down work lamp as a bedside lamp


Materials: Forså and Lack shelf

Description: We had two set of PAX wardrobes in our bedroom side wall but we wanted to do something different. We decided to use straight timber panels and put the PAX wardrobes one each side of the bed.

The space between the wardrobes and bed was so narrow that we didn’t want to put lights on nightstands. Instead we used two Forså work lamps attached to Lack shelf above the bed. And it worked even better than we thought.



First you need to take the metal weight out from the base of Forså. There’s one nut under the base that holds the weight and lamp together. Use ratchet to get it of.

Then drill three holes to the base and three holes to the Lack shelf in the same pattern as you drilled the base. Attach the lamps to the shelf with long enough bolts, wingnuts and washers.

See more of the upside down bedside lamp.

~ Kun Itse, Finland

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7 Responses to Upside down work lamp as a bedside lamp

  1. sevi says:

    Hi, how do you join the Forsa with the Lack shelf? With glue? or how?

  2. amydan says:

    I noticed the cords are just left to dangle. I’d like to implement this above my desk and I have two cabinets above and two the sides above me. However the dangling cords showing would drive me crazy. Can anyone think of a way to hide them when they are mounted upside down like this?

    • Xtafa says:

      Some simple cable management is all you need, depending on how involved you want to get. You could easily be routed through the gaps in the wood panels. You could [using their picture as a reference] drill a hold in the back of the wardrobe and route them through there. If you wanted to get technical and had a long enough drill you could remove the power cord from the lamp, drill through the length of the shelf, a joining hole where the base is attached to the shelf and route it through the hole you made.

  3. RJ says:

    i really dig the black wood paneling. where did you get the materials & how was it done? thanks.

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  5. centrd says:

    I like everything about this! Well done!

  6. Glen B says:

    Tel me about the Pictures on the shelf. I like those, I think.

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