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Designer lamp: build your very own designer lamp and let beauty illuminate your living room

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A low standard lamp is standing next to a side table in a living room.
This designer lamp bathes your home in a comforting light.
  • Difficulty
  • Costs
    < 50 €
  • Duration
    1-3 h


Designer lamps are a great way of adding a touch of class to your living room, but they can cost a fortune. Here we show you an easy way to make your own, stylish standard lamp at a fraction of the cost. With its metal lampshade and solid wooden base, the lamp offers a unique aesthetic – a mix of materials that combines natural beauty with modern design and provides the perfect ambient lighting for your living room.

What you need

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Additional items
  • paint brush
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Material list
  • Block of wood (150 mm x 150 mm x 530 mm for example)
  • Large metal bowl
  • Black fabric cable with plug, at least two metres long
  • Lamp fixture with lip
  • Wood stain
  • Gold spray paint, gloss
  • Black spray paint, gloss
  • Two screws (4 x 60 mm) with two matching nuts
  • Golden screw (e.g. Torx 3,5 x 60 mm) to attach the bowl
  • Lightbulb
  • A piece of wood to work on
  • Newspaper
L: Length, W: Width, H: Height, D: Diameter

Let's start - step by step

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Drill a hole for the cable

Close-up of a woman drilling a hole in a metal bowl.
Drill a hole for the lamp cable

What you need: YOUseries Drill, drill bit 8 mm (YOUseries), Metal bowl, a piece of wood to work on

To make the lampshade for this designer lamp, you will need a large metal bowl. You can also definitely acquire this type of bowl from your favourite interior designer. Start by drilling a hole for the lamp cable in the middle of the bowl. Use a size-8 drill bit so that the cable can fit through the hole without any problems.

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Before you start drilling, place a piece of wood under the bowl to prevent the hole from being drilled out of shape.

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Drill additional holes for the fixture

Close-up of a woman placing a lamp fixture in the middle of the bowl with one hand and holding a drill in the other.
Drill the holes for the fixture. You can mark out the positions in advance.

What you need: YOUseries Drill, drill bit 4 mm (YOUseries), drill bit 8 mm (YOUseries), Lamp fixture with lip, nail, a piece of wood to work on

Next, use a size-4 bit to drill the holes for the lamp fixture. You will need a fixture that has a lip with two holes in it so that it can be bolted to the lampshade. Hold the fixture in the middle of the base of the bowl and mark the drill holes using a nail to make sure you position them correctly.

Also drill a hole in the bowl where you want to attach it to the base. Test out which angle you like the best. Use the size-8 bit again to make this hole.

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We recommend placing a piece of wood underneath where you’re drilling here, too.

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Spruce up your wooden block

Close-up of a woman sanding a block of wood.
The block of wood is receiving some exfoliating treatment.

What you need: YOUseries Sander, YOUseries Sanding Paper G80, paint brush, Block of wood, wood stain

We will be using a block of wood as the base of our lamp. We recommend asking for a block with the required dimensions from your local DIY store. Sand the block down thoroughly on all sides using the YOUseries Sander, then coat it with wood stain using the paintbrush.

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Spray paint the inside of the bowl

Close-up of a woman spray painting the inside of a metal bowl gold.
Add colour to the inside of the metal bowl. The golden colour will make sure the light is warm and cosy.

What you need: YOUseries Sander, YOUseries Sanding Paper G120, gold spray paint, gloss

Now we’re going to turn your metal bowl into a designer lampshade! Start by sanding it a little, both inside and out. Make sure the surfaces are clean and dry before applying the spray paint. Start with the inside and spray paint it gold. Spray paint the outside of your lamp fixture separately.

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Spray paint the outside of the bowl

Close-up of a woman spray painting the outside of a metal bowl black.
Glossy black paint for the outside of the lampshade.

What you need: Black spray paint, gloss

As soon as the gold paint on the inside has dried, you can spray paint the outside of the bowl black. To do this, lay out newspaper on the floor and place the lamp shade face down on top of it. This way, no black paint will enter the inside of the lampshade.

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Position the lamp fixture

Close-up of a woman tightening a nut on the back of a lampshade.
Thread the fabric cable through the middle of the lampshade and attach the lamp fixture.

What you need: Black fabric cable, two screws (4 x 60 mm), two nuts

As soon as the black paint has dried, you can feed the fabric cable through the middle of the bowl. You can now also pre-assemble the fixture: Push two screws through the holes from the inside, and then screw two matching nuts onto them from the outside. Important: have a qualified electrician connect the lamp or check your connection. Do not tighten the fittings until this has been done.

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Mounting the lampshade on the wooden base

Close-up of a woman attaching a lampshade to a block of wood using a cordless screwdriver.
Attach the lampshade to the block of wood with a screw.

What you need: YOUseries Drill, YOUseries Bit and Drill Set, Golden screw (e.g. Torx 3,5 x 60 mm) to attach the bowl

Next, join the lampshade and base together. Insert a screw into the pre-drilled hole and screw down the lampshade with the cordless screwdriver.

Last but not least: Screw the lightbulb into the fixture, plug the lamp in – and let there be light!

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Depending on the type of wood you are using, you may need to pre-drill a hole in the block of wood. Use a size-8 bit from the YOUseries Bit and Drill Set for this.

Legal notice

Bosch does not accept any responsibility for the instructions stored here. Bosch would also like to point out that you follow these instructions at your own risk. For your own safety, please take all the necessary precautions.