overview of the parts needed to build a freestanding lamp from a curtain rod
Photo: Don Penny/Time Inc. Digital Studio


Choose a hollow rod at least 48 inches long and of a consistent diameter throughout to cut and install between the decorative ledges.

Cut List
1x6 stand-alone ledges: five @ 5½ inches

1x6 bottom-most ledge: one @ 7 inches

1x6 top ledge of the C-shaped assembly: one @ 7½ inches

1x6 vertical connector of the C-shaped assembly: one @ 7½ inches

1x6 bottom ledge of the C-shaped assembly: one @ 5½ inches

curtain-rod spacers: two @ 3 inches

curtain-rod spacers: five @ 8 inches

½-inch plywood base: one @ 9 by 12 inches

1x3 feet: four @ 3 inches

Note: All materials available at Lowe's.

Download the cut list to build a lamp.

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    Tools List

    • tubing cutter
      Pipe cutter
    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • finish nails, various lengths
      Finishing nail
    • finish hammer
    • drill
    • spade bit
      -inch paddle bit
    • Drill bit
      -inch drill bit
    • 3-inch wide paint brush
    • random orbit sander
      Random Orbit Sander

    Shopping List

    Hollow metal curtain rod

    at least 48 inches long.

    9-by-12-inch piece of ½-inch plywood

    for the base.

    1x6 lumber:

    Buy at least 4 feet to make the ledges.

    1x3 lumber:

    Buy at least 12 inches to make the feet.

    Threaded wire rod:

    Buy sections to make a rod at least 60 inches long to house the lamp cord.

    Lamp kit:

    Buy one that has a harp, bushing, collar, lamp nut, and lamp cord.

    Lamp cord

    Wood glue

    1-inch screws

    to build the C-shaped assembly and to attach the bottommost ledge to the base.

    Wood putty

    120-grit sandpaper