How to Build a Floor Lamp

Personalize your home decor by creating your own floor lamp. Our step-by-step instructions will walk you through the process.


Build this unique floor lamp in just seven easy steps. The natural wood stand and twine shade offer a neutral look that can add a simple touch to any room.

What You Need:
  • 2x2x78-inch piece of wood
  • Four 1-1/2x1-1/2x16-inch pieces of wood
  • Drill
  • 2-1/2-inch wood screws and washers
  • Wood glue
  • 2x2x26-inch piece of wood
  • Bracket or shelf support
  • Lamp kit
  • Wire cutters
  • 16-inch-diameter drum lampshade
  • Roll of twine
  • Hot-glue gun
Step 1

Place the four 16-inch pieces of wood for the lamp base around the 78-inch lamp stand. With a pencil, make two marks for screw holes on the outside of each base piece. Line up the first mark with the upright stand; line up the second with the base piece that will abut it. Position the marks at slightly different levels on each base piece so the screws will not hit each other.

Step 2

Drill holes. Attach base pieces to the upright lamp stand and each other with wood screws and washers.

Step 3

Position the 26-inch piece of wood on the top of the stand so about 4 inches extends off the back. Predrill holes for the screws. Apply wood glue to the top of the lamp stand. Screw the arm to the stand.

Step 4

Mark bracket placement and drill holes to attach the bracket to the underside of the lamp arm and the inside of the stand.

Step 5

Drill a hole in the lamp arm where it intersects the lamp-arm base. Run the wiring through the hole and along the top of the arm piece. Drill another hole where you want the lampshade to hang; run the wiring down through the hole. Assemble the lamp kit according to manufacturer instructions. Attach the socket to the wiring.

Step 6

To cover the lampshade, begin hot-gluing the twine at the seam at the top of the shade. Run a bead of glue and attach the twine.

Step 7

Continue circling the shade until covered. Let dry before hanging.


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