Finally, 7 IKEA Light Fixture Hacks Worth Your Time

Let's talk about IKEA hacks. If you haven't heard the term before, an IKEA hack is the process of turning pieces from your fave retailer into something that is completely unique. You add your own DIY touches to customize or "hack" your finds and, presto, you've turned something affordable into gorgeous decor.

Like most people, we love to decorate on a budget whenever possible, and the idea of taking a mass market item and making it different is even more appealing. Not to mention, it's a great way for renters to make their mark, too. Take inspiration from these seven brilliant IKEA light fixture hacks, and don't forget to share what you've created with us on Instagram via the #hunkerhome hashtag.

1. Spruce up a basic table lamp.

If you're a lover of the industrial look, or just DIY concrete projects, this table lamp hack could be the one for you. Brittni from Paper & Stitch transformed a simple glowing orb from IKEA into a chic modern light fixture with seemingly little to no effort. All you will need to recreate this metamorphosis are some basic tools, cement mix, a plastic container, and this $1 IKEA trash can.

2. Put your bamboo dishware to work.

DIY bamboo bowl Ikea hack pendant light
credit: Make and Tell

Who knew a bowl would actually make the perfect pendant light? Stephanie Lee of Make and Tell, that's who. Using a piece of bamboo dishware and a light kit, Lee simply drilled a hole through the center of the bowl, blasted the exterior of the dish with granite spray paint, and threaded the cord through the hole — simple!

3. Dress up a lampshade.

Working on a budget? You can still make your home a bohemian paradise for under $10 with this easy light fixture hack by Geneva Vanderzeil from A Pair & A Spare. By continuously wrapping twine around a basic IKEA lampshade and securing it with a glue gun, you can take your space from bland to boho in a mere 30 minutes.

4. Infuse a little vintage charm.

DIY wall light IKEA hack
credit: Lovely Indeed

An IKEA hack doesn't always have to completely change the product, it can simply enhance it instead. Chelsea Foy of Lovely Indeed created some diamond wall mounts for her light fixtures, adding an extra, vintage 1930s touch without breaking the bank.

5. Create a tripod floor lamp.

DIY IKEA Tripod lamp Hack
credit: Kristi Murphy

Tripod lamps can really make a statement in your living room. Unfortunately, they don't always come with an affordable price tag. Luckily, lifestyle blogger Kristi Murphy has got your back with this quick fix that will result in a minimalistic light fixture perfect for your space.

6. Breathe new life into a couple of coasters.

You'd never guess that this minimal light fixture was created with a couple of cork coasters, but here we are. Nomita from Your DIY Family dreamed up this incredibly stylish hack, which looks flawless suspended next to the bed in this chic boudoir.

7. Reimagine a plant stand.

Your pad hasn't officially reached boho-chic status until you showcase a bit of rattan. But don't you worry, this clever IKEA hack will solve that problem in a snap ... and at a fraction of the price. Now, you have a dreamy fixture to help round out all of your Insta-worthy #plantlady pics.


Emma Jane Palin

Emma Jane Palin

Emma Jane Palin is a multi-award-winning blogger and freelance writer with a penchant for design and interiors.