How to make a floor lamp with your own hands, more and more people have recently been interested. This is not only an opportunity to save the family budget, but also a good option to experiment by showing your creativity.
What is a floor lamp?
A floor or table lamp, often used in residential and office premises, and sometimes on the street, is called a floor lamp. This is a kind of lamp, only on a high leg, in addition, complemented by a voluminous lampshade covering the light bulb. Scattered dim light does not hurt the eyes and promotes pleasant relaxation after a hard day. This feature allows this type of lighting to be widely used in interior design, which contributes to a cozy and unobtrusive atmosphere.
Do you think such a product is expensive, or you cannot find a suitable option? Learn how to make stylish floor lamps with your own hands, and the version of the device made from improvised materials will make the product exclusive, one and only in its kind.
Let's figure out how to make a floor lamp with your own hands inat home.
How to choose an option?
If we are talking about floor lamps, then it is worth noting that there are so many such lighting fixtures that it is impossible to count. Their prices range from 3,500 to 30,000 thousand rubles, but all these options are united by one feature - the design.
Any floor lamp consists of three parts:
- bulbs with cable.
Next, ingenuity and fantasy come into play. Consider an example of constructing a floor lamp with your own hands from what was found at home.
What will be required during assembly?
For construction you will need:
- Wooden legs (you can take rake handles) or any other stand options with an average length of up to 120 cm.
- Thick wire from 2 mm, you can take thicker.
- Opaque fabric for the lampshade. The choice of color depends on the interior design of the room, but black and white will prove to be a win-win option.
- White thick cord.
- Switch and plug for lamp.
- Lamp socket.
- Diode lamp (suitable for a 7 W white glow stick).
- Heat resistant adhesive.
- Metal rod (can be taken from the magnetic shaft of the printer cartridge).
- Soldering iron and soldering acid.
- Glue "Second".
- White paint on metal and matt clear lacquer.
- Sewing machine or thread and needle.
- Insulating tape
- Heat shrink.
- PVA glue.
The process of assembling a floor lamp. What does he look like?
If you have not yet changed your mind about making a floor lamp with your own hands, then you can start assembling.
If there is a socket for a light bulb in the household, then this is very good. With its help, you can get rid of unnecessary trouble with fasteners. Thanks to the metal fastening in the cartridge, it is easy to attach the tube to it and connect it to the stand. In addition, the plastic protective ring can serve as the basis for the frame, which is securely attached to one cartridge using two clamping rings.
The connection of the cable with this part of the floor lamp can be hidden by taking a metal tube (length up to 9 cm will be enough), in addition, it will support the cartridge and provide greater structural reliability. Try to find a light but strong rod that can hold the overhanging part of the product.
Cut a thread on the tube from one end, and securely attach the other to the cartridge, after bending the tabs of the metal holder in the opposite direction.
Carefully pull the wires through the tube, do some electrical work and insulate the connections. Hide the insides and insulate with hot glue. Place a small washer at the junction of the shaft and the chuck - this will help center the structure.
Designing a support for a light fixture
Stand for a floor lamp may look likedifferently. It can be a tripod, a single rod, or a design that you fantasized. The main thing is that it is stable. It is best to take three legs and connect them so that an equilateral triangle is formed at the bottom, ensuring the stability of the whole structure. At the top, the supports are interconnected using a wooden blank, previously cut on a lathe.
Having fixed the structure of the floor lamp with your own hands, start sealing the cable connection and attach the switch with the plug.
After completing the work on the above points, cover the structure with paint or varnish, applying a matte finish on top.
How to make a frame for a lampshade?
Next, start assembling the lampshade and decorating it. A popular version of the shape of the lampshade for the lamp is geometric. Correct and even lines will bring clarity and restraint to the interior.
You can make a frame for a floor lamp with your own hands from wire, which is easy to find in any hardware store. You will need two rings with a diameter of 30 centimeters. Please note that the diameter of these rings must be equal to the diameter formed by the legs of the lamp support. Otherwise, the design will not have a very presentable appearance. In addition, you will need to stock up on another ring of smaller diameter for attaching the lampshade to the cartridge.
Cut four even pieces of wire 25 cm each. They will serve as connecting parts between the upper and lower lampshade ring. With four even lengths up to 17 centimeters, fix the cartridge in the center with the frame of the structuredo-it-yourself floor lamp shade at home.
Solder the frame using soldering acid. This material will be more effective than conventional soldering (rosin), which does not always set well.
Try to arrange the soldering points when making a floor lamp with your own hands inside the structure, so as not to think about how to hide them later to give the structure an attractive appearance.
When finished, neutralize the acid. To do this, take baking soda, dilute it in water and thoroughly rinse the soldering points. If you miss this moment, the substance can corrode the metal in contact with it over time.
Wait for the frame to dry before painting. You have already studied the main aspects of how to make a floor lamp with your own hands. Let's get down to simpler but important points.
Plug for lampshade
Light fixtures are not always supplied with this part. Sometimes the design idea lies in the fact that the rays of light break through, forming fancy shadows on the floor and ceiling.
You can use paper or cloth for the cover, depending on the situation. A figure that fits the shape is cut out of whatman paper and inserted into the structure. The fabric, due to its elasticity, better hides minor errors and looks more spectacular.
Let's consider a more difficult way - making a fabric-based plug.
Textile plug for lampshade
To give the fabric that you will stretch over the frame the desired shape,make several cylinders from whatman paper. The more layers, the denser the design will be, if you want a translucent lampshade - get by with one layer of paper. Three layers of thick paper will be enough for a sturdy construction that will not let light through.
According to the parameters of the cylinder, sew a cape from the fabric and pull it over the paper base. Sometimes an elastic band is sewn inside the fabric “robe” for a floor lamp to tightly fit the frame. But this design option does not always look appropriate, and in some places it resembles an old grandmother's lamp. Be smart and imaginative to decorate the lampshade in a modern way. Below in the photo is a do-it-yourself floor lamp.
The fabric is glued to the inside of the frame (drawing paper), wrapping it inside. After that, the final element of the lampshade is inserted - a plug, which is placed on the inside of the frame and neatly hides the places of fastenings, joints and processing.
Theoretically, the design of a do-it-yourself floor lamp is ready. At the last stage, all that remains is to screw in the energy-saving light bulb and turn on the floor lamp in order to evaluate the result of the work done.