Paul and I both love the look of industrial floor lamps with vintage looking Edison light bulbs. We’ve seen some on Etsy that we thought we might purchase that are around $125 or so for a table lamp. They have some really gorgeous items!
However, Paul sent me a Home Depot lamp as a suggestion for the corner in our bedroom behind the reading chair that desperately needs a floor lamp. It was an $18 ‘bleh’ lamp. I knew I wanted industrial style…so I went to Etsy to look at some of our favorites…and I decided that I’m sure there has to be a way I can do this myself. I spent a little time online and then took myself to Home Depot after work. I created this lamp in about one hour (plus another hour at HD trying to figure our pipes!) and for around $65.
Materials I used
A) Four x 3/4 inch Tee
B) One x 3/4 inch 1-1/2 inch nipples
C) Two x 3/4 inch 2 inch nipples
D) Four x 3/4 inch 3 inch nipples
E) Four x 3/4 inch 90 degree elbows
F) Four x 3/4 inch 12 inch nipples
G) Three x 3/4 inch coupling
H) One x 3/4 inch union
I) One x Westinghouse 3-way Socket Make A Lamp Kit
J) One x Edison Light Bulb
How I built it
Connect two tees (A) using the smallest nipple (B).
Thread through the wire from the make a lamp kit (I). This is repeated as you build the ‘stem’ of the lamp.
Connect the 2 inch nipples (C) to either side of your base Tee and attach the remaining two Tees (A) to these nipples in order to create the legs of the lamp.
Attach the four 3 inch nipples (D) to the Tees that form the legs of the lamp.
Attach the four 90 degree elbows (E) to the 3 inch nipples and the base is complete.
Thread the wire (I) through a 12 inch nipple (F) and then attach the nipple onto the Tee the is the currently highest point of the stem of the lamp.
Thread a coupling (G) on to the top of the nipple and repeat until you have four of the 12 inch nipples in place to create the stem. Always thread the wire (I) through the next piece before attaching it.
At this point, not using individual nipples and couplings but instead using one single long pipes saves a lot of time and money – but at the sacrifice of aesthetic (I think!).
Finish with a union joint (H) and then make the lamp kit (I). I had to google how to make an underwriter’s note and recommend a wee screw driver just for tightening the screws once you’ve wrapped them around the wires.
Tip: when making the electrical part of the lamp, attach a piece of masking tape to the wire so that the little pieces don’t slip down instead the ‘stem’ and disappear.
Once you’ve completed the lamp kit, use hot glue to connect the lamp/bulb (I) to the the ‘stem’ of the lamp so it stays in place.
Put in the Edison Bulb (J) and enjoy!