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….
…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.
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.
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.
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.
It took no time at all to quickly paint 2 coats over the covers with a brush.
With my cord concealed, the attention is now right where I want it…on my light source!
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).
I think my new swag lamp will give me the confidence (& swagger!) to finally tackle the rest of this space.
I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m married to Finn & mom to Rory and Ellis. Together we’re creating our dream home in Chicago, one DIY project at a time.