Lamps are necessary home fixtures for everyone. Apart from being a source of illumination, lamps can be an aesthetic improvement on home design. Interestingly, many homeowners are unaware of using do-it-yourself (DIY) techniques to make lamps. However, you must understand what it takes to build custom lamps because the design can make or break your room. This post will show you the necessary tips that help to build a lamp.
The Basic Items You Need
You might lack the right inspiration to make custom lamps without basic tools. Here are some of the essential tools you might need before giving your room a face-lift with a DIY lamp shade.
- A decorative strap at the base of the lamp
- Adhesive styrene and wood glue
- Lampshade materials
- Wooden button caps for a lamp base
- Block of painted wood
- Lamp cord, socket, and harp
- Wire straps
- File and hacksaw
Choose High-Quality Lampshade Materials
You must be sure of what works best with your home’s interior design. The colors and patterns of lampshades should blend with home decors perfectly. You can also save cost by being more creative with DIY lampshade supplies. Consider the use of cotton fabrics for lampshades. These materials are easy to clean when they are dusty, and they have low maintenance.
Determine the Lampshade Rings and Size of Styrene
The adhesive styrene is a lampshade material with a sticky backing that holds well on fabrics. You can also get some tacky lampshade glue to buy in the marketplace. Also, measure out the appropriate diameter and choose matching rings. The diameter should be 10 inches if you need the shade to be 10 inches wide too. There are variations of lampshade rings; some notable types are the standard Europe and US-styled Spider-Washer rings. Visit a lampshade sizing site online and get more clarifications.
Get the Right Calculation
Adhesive styrene of 32.4 inches will match the 10-inch diameter lamp shade. Here’s a simple measurement that substantiates my claim. Length of styrene = diameter of lampshade ring x pi (3.14) + 1 (additional length). So the calculation is simplified as; 10 x 3.14 +1 = 32.4. So, it will be safe to buy a 40-inch styrene sheet and trim down to 32 inches.
Hold Lose Ends and Be Safety Conscious
Ensure to tighten loose ends after choosing the right scale, style for your lampshade project. It’s not every part of this light fixture that requires the application of tacky lampshade glue. You can hold the lamp rod with wires, and use binder clips underneath the base of your lamp. However, you must be safety conscious by not inserting loose strands of wires in the lamp cord. Don’t be like Michael Faraday that died from his invention.
There is no limit to the use of creative effects. While using the do-it-your (DIY) concept, you can incorporate floral-patterned fabrics that appeal to your room’s interior design, walls or even a feature wall. Bold patterns will ergonomically enhance the appearance of any DIY custom lampshade. According to your taste, it might not be out of place to experiment with bold colors and fine prints. To avoid color- blocking, you can contrast the shade by incorporating a neutral color like off-white on the lamp’s base. Make sure you take in the surrounding environment of a lamp before settling on a specific design, something as simple as a pebble mix can have an affect.
Create Special Lighting Effects
Opaque lampshade materials often appear beautiful because they allow light to pass through them. You don’t need a heavy budget to buy new lamp fixtures in your home. Instead of using fabric dye to enhance the lampshade cotton materials, you can get transparent materials that come in different colors. More so, opaque materials for lampshades that come in multicolor can create special lighting effects at night.