Pendant Tiers

Drum Shade Pendant Light

Drum Shade Pendant Light

Here’s an Ikea hack, creating a drum shade pendant from inexpensive lamp shades found at Ikea. You’d be surprised how hard it is to find drum shades that are perfect cylinders and not tapered at one end. So the Ikea shades are a great find, and super cheap.

2 Ikea Lobbo Shades, 6″ diameter = $6
1 Ikea Lobbo Shade, 12″ diameter = $5
1 Ikea Lobbo Shade, 14″ diameter = $6
1 yard Ikea Fabric = $8
1 pendant light kit = $12
small chain link = $1.50
Glue gun, scissors, needle-nose pliers
TOTAL: about $40


Decide how you want the tiers to overlap. Make sure your tiers don’t overlap too much (or you’ll just be limiting how much light gets through the multiple layers), but enough to not show gaps. If your tiers are similar in diameter (like the 12″ and 14″), you can get away with about a 2″ overlap. If your tiers are further apart in diameter (like the 6″ and 12″) you may want more like a 4″ overlap. You can also trim off the top or bottom of each tier to adjust the overall shape. I cut off a little bit at a time, and used soup cans/boxes/whatever to prop the shades up around each other so I could see how the finished product would look.

Fabric and Glue Gun

The Ikea shades come flat, so it's best to assemble them into a drum first, then attach the fabric. This way you won't have any fit issues.

I cut the fabric an inch taller and wider than the shade, then glued it in place with a glue gun. The Ikea shades require the frame spokes to poke through the shade and little hardware pieces screw on and hold it in place. Which is why I picked a patterned fabric so you don’t really notice the hardware, but I guess you could paint them to match your fabric so they blend in. I’m far too lazy for that. After you glue the fabric, you’ll need to poke holes in the fabric that line up with the holes in the shade in order to attach your frame.

Tier Construction

The top tier is held in place by the light hardware. Each subsequent tier is attached to the tier above it using inexpensive chain link.


Finally, get your tiers to hang together. I used small linked chain from the hardware store, they sell it by the foot or the yard. Here’s where the spoke frame actually comes in handy. Slide one link of each chain strand onto each spoke before you put the spoke through the shade and screw on the fastener. Then just cut each length to the same number of links and use it to attach each tier to each other.

And you’re done!

This entry was published on February 2, 2012 at 10:52 pm. It’s filed under Home, Home & Garden and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: