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Wall Lamps: A Quick Weekday Project

This week I stopped by the big box store in search of mulch, and left with two beautiful wall lamps / sconces to mount on either side of my bed. These wall lamps are stylish, functional, and I didn’t even need to mess with the electrical to install them!

Wall lamps are both stylish and practical

Wall lamps are a practical and stylish solution if you don't have a bedside table.
Wall lamps are a practical and stylish solution if you don’t have a bedside table.

Wall lamps or sconces are a great solution if you are short on surface space for a table lamp. Mounting the lamp right onto your wall keeps it out of the way. Many wall lamps also have swiveling arms or brackets that can be easily adjusted so you can get the light exactly where you need it.

I can’t tell you how many times I have wished I had a light on my side of the bed for reading. It’s such a silly thing, and I can’t believe I waited this long to come up with a solution.

You don’t need an electrician to install [some] wall lamps

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just want a project that I can do quickly, that isn’t going to take time/money messing with my electrical box, and that doesn’t require a friend or family member’s help. This project took me about 30 minutes, and it was really rewarding! To avoid hard-wiring, look for wall lamps / sconces that say “no wiring required” right on the box. Although the wire will hang down from the wall, the wall lamps I chose came with a pretty cool metal rod to disguise the wire. It would have also been possible to install these behind the headboard (or a couch, if it’s in your living room), so that you don’t see the wire at all.

 Installing Your Wall Lamp

The installation of my wall lamps was simple. I just followed the instructions that came with the lamp. Measuring and making everything level was important.  After I marked my wall lamp locations, I used my drill to drill pilot holes for the mounting bracket. The mounting bracket came with my lamps. I screwed the mounting bracket onto the wall, and then attached the actual wall lamp to the bracket. I strung the wire through the metal rod that came with the wall lamps, and then plugged both of them into an outlet that’s located behind my bed.

Wall lamps flank my bed/headboard and are easily adjusted
Wall lamps flank my bed/headboard and are easily adjusted

Although I could have hidden the rods behind the headboard by positioning the wall lamps a little differently, I actually like the look.  You can see that the lamps I chose have arms that can be adjusted. Some wall lamps will swivel left to right as well, if that’s what you need. It really was a great solution for my bedroom, which is lacking in space. And, they are really stylish, too!

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