Introduction: Simple Ikea-hack Lamp
These instructions show how I made a simple lamp for a cardboard lampshade. The lampshade wasn't really suitable for a normal lamp since the bare bulb could be seen through the corrugation. Generally speaking, this lamp should be ok for lampshades made of paper or have shapes cut into them, such that they wouldn't tolerate much heat or would leave the bare light bulb in view. And there's really nothing to it as long as the shade fits, so I'll give the dimensions of the shade that worked well for me. There are two Ikea products I used, one being a table lamp (Mine's an improvement!)
(1) an Ikea Fado table lamp with a compact fluorescent bulb
(2) an Ikea Fornbro pedestal table
(3) a suitable lampshade
A Phillips-head screwdriver.
Step 1: Build the Table Support and Place the Globe on It.
Just follow the instructions for building the pedestal table, but skip the last step of attaching the tabletop. Place the Fado lamp on it.
The globe has a cord with a toggle switch that runs out of the bottom of it. It's pretty discreet and is hard to see in this picture. If anyone was interested in making this without a shade, there are a couple things to notice: First, the globe has little feet that make it an imperfect sphere. Second, the table support has some holes drilled into it for attaching the top. Of course, they could be filled with putty or covered somehow.
Step 2: Make or Buy a Shade for It.
My shade is a memento from my childhood, so I have no idea where to get one just like it. As long as your shade is similar dimensions and can rest on the globe without changing shape, you should be fine. The dimensions of my shade are:
5.125" inner diameter at top
18.25" inner diameter at bottom
You shouldn't need to know the outer diameters, but here they are:
6" outer diameter at top
19.125" outer diameter at bottom
Place the shade on the globe and you're done!
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