IKEA Chandelier Hack

IKEA Chandelier Hack

Have you been looking for a small chandelier that plugged in, and was under $50?  We have been for Revyn’s room, and everything we found was close to or over $100.  So not in my price range.  Everyone I found at garage sales, flea markets, or ReStore’s were to big for the area we were using it in.  I kept going back to the one at IKEA, but it is a direct wire not a plug-in.  Revyn and I know that G can do ANYTHING!  He is such a handy dude, jack of all trades!  So now our IKEA chandy is plug-in, and I’m going to show you how you can do it.  Here it is hanging up, minus the cord cover.


Now let me show you how my awesome hubs did this.  Here is the kind of chandy we bought at IKEA.


****If you are not comfortable with electrical wiring you might want to get a professional to do it.  All of G’s coding is done for his own use with what he has at the time, not per electrical code.****

1. Here is how it comes out of the box.


2.Shorten the chain to your desired length if you need to.  The chain links are opened with pliers, links removed, then closed back up.  To do this you have to remove the top cone piece and rod so you can get to the chain. Pay attention how you take it apart, because once the chain is shortened you have to put it back together.



3. Now remove the wiring you that you will not be using, and shorten the white cord.  Here are the pieces you remove that you don’t use.


4. Here is what you need to make the cord to run from the direct wired top, down to your outlet plug.  We also added a switch to the extension cord portion so you don’t have to plug and unplug it, you just flip the switch.


5. Determine the length of the cord you need, and cut off the excess from the outlet end.  You will need the plug end, so don’t cut from that end.  Once you get it the right length, figure out where you want the switch to go and wire it.  You will need a multi-meter to figure out which of the 3 wires is hot.  Here is a picture on how you wire the switch.


6.  Here is the finished piece with the plug end and switch.  Now you have to wire it to the chandelier.


7. We had already installed the hanging bracket piece that came with it on the stud.  Hang your chandelier and wire in the extension cord piece.  I labeled the 3 pieces (Hot, Neutral, & Ground) of the extension cord so you can see it wired in.


8. Now install the cone piece to hide the wiring, plug it in, and your ready to go.

Here is a little extra photo to show the fun we had at IKEA that day shopping for a few things.  This girl cracks me up and is so fun to shop with.


IKEA has some cool stuff, so don’t be afraid to think outside the box and make it work for you.

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31 Responses »

  1. I wish we had an Ikea around here, they always seem to have such interesting and nice things. My master bedroom and my living room could use one of these.

    • You could always try ordering online. I had to do that once because they didn’t have what I wanted in the store, and it worked out great. Thanks for checking it out.

  2. I am still thinking about this plug-in chandelier hack you and hubby did. Houzz has an Ikea Chandelier section I think that you could write an article for about this.

  3. Wow that is so cool! I never would have thought you could take a direct and make it a plug in. That chandelier is so pretty, I want one for my room now! Thanks for linking it up to Snickerdoodle Sunday

    • I’m so excited G was able to change it up, because I don’t know what we were going to do. I was trying to get it done on a budget.

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  5. I love the new chandy! I’ll have to try this as I have a few rooms (whatever were the builders thinking?!) that don’t have ceiling outlets. Looks like a fun trip, thanks so much for sharing.

  6. That’s the same chandy we’re looking at my for my daughter’s room! There’s wiring though in our case. Good thing your hubby’s handy! Thanks for sharing this at my History & Home link party, hope you’ll join again next Tuesday. -Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com

    • It really is a good chandelier, and comes out of the box still looking great. They package it well so all the crystal beads don’t break.

      Shannon ~ bohemianjunktion.com

    • Give it a try, it was easy. I’m putting a cord cover on it and will put little nails or straight pins to tack it to the wall and hold the cord there.

      Shannon ~ bohemianjunktion.com

    • I like a good bargain that we can make work. I just cringe at spending lots of money to get it like I want out of the box. So we usually see if there is a cheaper way to make it work.

  7. I’ve adored that little chandy for a couple of years now, but really don’t have a need — only a desire! I’m fortunate to have a hubby like yours, and I do mean fortunate and very lucky!

    • I’ve liked it also, and finally had a place to put one. I agree with you on being fortunate to have a handy hubs!

    • It’s amazing how many lighting options they have that are also affordable. I can browse around in there all day, and it sounds like y’all can as well.

    • Isn’t IKEA just fun and over flowing with ideas and awesome stuff. I’m so glad we live by one. I bet your daughter loves her chandy!

    • IKEA is such a fun place full of ideas and just awesome stuff. I love shopping with Rev because she is so stinkin’ funny!

  8. I am so happy to see this as there is a spot in our house I want a light like this and we’d rather not do any ceiling electrical work. I have to pin and share.

    • That was the same thing we ran into. Thank goodness my hubs G can do this kind of stuff. He’s a life saver. However, many times we find something and my daughter and I say no problem because G can do it! I hope it works out for you!

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