How to Hang Swag in an Apartment (Cheap, Temporary, and Moveable)
For this demonstration, all that you need for a sweet swag light where you need - or where you want it - is a swag kit from Lamps USA, a shade, a bulb, some Command Hooks, zip ties, and a way to reach the ceiling. Chances are that you have most of this already on-hand.
The time needed to complete this task is 5-10 minutes, so you won’t need to make a day of it. Picking the right spot might be the biggest challenge.
For this demonstration there was the need for a reading light for two over a chair and a half. The need for reading or task lighting meant a diffuser wasn’t ideal. Also, with swag lighting, you can adjust the distance of your light should the output be too intense.
Behind the chair, there are strategically placed storage solutions, so the chair wasn’t going anywhere. This meant the light would have to be adjusted to suit the chair and how it was positioned. This was easily overcome through the malleability of the plug-in swag kit swag light kit from Lamps USA.
The Command Strips used on this project have the holding power to keep up to 5 lbs in place. However, the typical applications of this sort of hook works with gravity – not against it. Perhaps it was being over cautious, but it was deemed that a series of three of the hooks within 2 feet of each other was ideal.
Before attaching the shade and placing the bulb, the height and location was mapped out using the kit. A hypothesis was made, and the bulb was added. After sufficient light was in place, the cord was locked onto the hooks by looping it around and zip tying it in place.
Lastly, the shade was added, the bulb was screwed in, and the scene was set.
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