How to Hang a Swag Light

Remember when I moved into our new place and I told you guys about our scary triangle room? Well we chatted about it that one little time, and then I proceeded to ignore the room for 3 months.  Ignoring it meant baaaad things for that little space. That room instantly became the catchall for clutter, mostly because A. I didn’t know what to do with the space and B. With no overhead lighting, it was incredibly dark in there!

So, I decided to find a remedy for the darkness….Swag-Light-Hanging-After

…with a SWAG LAMP.  Sounds pretty groovy, right?

I had no idea what the heck a swag lamp was until this project, but I’m ever so happy we’ve been introduced. A swag lamp is basically like a normal light fixture, but it is attached to the ceiling and has a cord that plugs into the wall. It’s perfect for a renter like me, because I didn’t need to call in an electrician and I will be able to easily remove it when we eventually move out.

I found the lampshade and cord kit at my favorite shopping spot, Ikea.

Hook into ceiling

It came with 2 hooks that you screw into the ceiling. One I placed in the very far corner of the room, and the other I placed in the ceiling where I wanted my swag light to hang. Because the light was so…well light…I didn’t feel the need to put an anchor into the ceiling. If I was hanging a heavy chandelier, I would probably go that route. But this bad boy was going to hold without it.

Messy lamp cord

I finally had light! But I also had an ugly, messy white cord hanging down my wall and over to my outlet.  Not pretty. One trip to Home Depot and I had a solution for the mess…two 5-foot cord covers.

two white cord covers
Snap cover onto cord

These plastic covers are very easy to use. You simply pop the cord into the cover, peel off the sticky backing, and adhere it to the wall.

Start close to the ceiling
I started my first one up high, and pressed it hard into the corner as I came down. The second cord was a little too long, so I cut it with scissors and lined it up at the bottom of the first cord.
cover #1 cover #2 and lamp cord
You can probably tell that I accidentally purchased two different colored covers…one pure white, and one off-white. That was a-okay with me, because I had already planned to paint those bad boys to match our wall color.
Painted cord cover

It took no time at all to quickly paint 2 coats over the covers with a brush.

hanging swag lampshade

With my cord concealed, the attention is now right where I want it…on my light source!

cord tucked into corner
I think it looks pretty amazing. I’m just not 100% happy with the spot where the 2 cord concealers meet.  I suppose I could have just purchased a longer cover instead of buying two separate ones, but it will do for now!
swag light over chair in corner

I’m thrilled to finally have some light in this room, especially over my new little reading nook.  It’s turning into a lovely little spot to blog and enjoy coffee (especially with my new thrift store chair and mini cart table).Gallery-Wall-From-Afar-office

I think my new swag lamp will give me the confidence (& swagger!) to finally tackle the rest of this space.


  • WISH I had a little ‘triangle room’ like that! haha I love nooks. Cool idea to just make an overhead lamp out of a – not – overhead lamp. Thanks for the step-by-step!

  • It was a challenge at first, but now I’m loving the nook too. Thanks for the comment, Meredith. Happy Friday!

  • Suzanne

    Hi Girls!
    Where did you find the white plastic S hook that holds the cord in place on the C hook??

    • Suzanne,
      It actually came with the was a light kit from Ikea. Had the cord, light socket, and the hooks in it. But you could probably find something comparable at the hardware store. I think they’re pretty common!

      Good luck!

  • Teryn,
    Happy to help! I’m so happy you were able to get your light up and running. I’m sure it looks gorgeous.


  • Alexandra Uribe

    This is great! What kind of lightbulb did you use? I currently have a 150Watt//2200 lumens// 2700K LED Lightbulb. But my dining room table and area around it is still dark. What do you think I should do?

    • Just check with your light fixture and see how high of a lightbulb you could do and then go with that! That way you’ll get maximum light output.

    • Marsha

      What is the paint color? Love it

    • Thanks! It’s called “Passive”