How To Assemble a Table Lamp

Why buy a table lamp when you can make your own?

It’s actually easy to make a table lamp at home – and you can even choose your own design. So, if you’re creative, you can make an interesting lamp with the items you have at home.

table lamp assembly

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What You Will Need

You can buy the following to get you started:

  • Lamp making kit
  • Lamp base
  • Hammer and chisel or a knife
  • Wire strippers
  • Lampshade


  • Drill
  • Safety goggles
  • Safety gloves
  • Rubber feet or felt pads for your lamp base

How to Assemble a Table Lamp

Step 1. Prepare the items listed above.

Step 2. Find an object at home that can serve as your lamp base. It can be a vase or even a piece of wood. It depends on what’s available or you can build your own. Just make sure this item is sturdy enough to support your lampshade.

Step 3. Drill a hole at the base for the lamp rod. Take extra precautions when drilling through glass. Wear safety goggles and gloves.

Step 4. Push the lamp rod through the hole at the base of the object you picked and into the main base, preferably made of sturdy wood.

Step 5. Put in the washer from the kit and secure the rod with the nut in place.

Step 6. Make sure that the bottom of your lamp is flat. If the nut and washer protrude from the base, use a knife or chisel to create space so you can push these in and make the base flat. Another option is to add rubber feet to your base so you don’t have to carve through your base.

Step 7. Insert the wire from the bottom of the base to the top. Make sure at least 3 inches of the wire sticks out from the top.

Step 8. Screw on the lock nut at the top of the lamp. Then, add the neck and screw it in place.

Step 9. Add the lamp harp with the open end facing up. Then, add the socket cap and secure it.

Step 10. Pull the wires apart and strip about a half an inch from the top. Then, tie a knot.

Step 11. Connect the wires to the socket. You can refer to our tutorial on how to repair a table lamp switch.

Step 12. Add the harp, screw in the bulb, and place the lampshade on top.

Step 13. Turn on your lamp. Enjoy!

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