Everyone needs lamps in their home, both for task and ambient
lighting. There are many styles of lamps. The best way to make a
frugal lamp purchase and save money on lamps is to buy lamps that will not break
and are as versatile as possible. Versatile lamps have classic lines, and
are easily moved from one room to another. There are classic lamp shapes
for every style of home decor.
Lamps need to have enough
weight on the bottom that they won't tip over. If you have children you
may want to buy a lamp with a wooden stand or another material that will not
If your lamp stops working, fix it. It is not hard to
rewire a lamp. You can find a kit at any hardware store. Garage sales are
a great source of thrift as you almost always find lamps for sale. Lamps purchased
at garage sales and thrift stores are often broken and need new shades. However these lamps
often have a lot of character and can be spray painted and rewired. It is often
the lamp shade that makes them look so dated, and that can be replace.
There are many sizes and types of replacement lamp shades
available. Always take your lamp base with you when choosing a lamp shade.
You need to put the shade on the lamp to see how it sits and make sure it not
only looks good, but covers the bulb area properly.
If you want to showcase a collection of small items, you can
buy a lamp with a clear glass (or plastic) base that is designed for display.
some more frugal tips to save money on lamps.
- Don't be too quick to get rid
of a lamp that isn't working. Remember, any lamp can be rewired.
- For original, one-of-a-kind
creative lamp, look for unusual items that can be made into lamps.
- Thrift stores and garage sales
are full of lamps that can be updated.
- Don't be to quick to buy
matching lamps. It can make a room look like a furniture store and lack character.
- Be sure the shade of the lamp
covers the harp on the base.
- Lampshades are usually white,
but remember there is a big difference between cream and white.
lampshades may not look good with an ivory wall. Save your receipts until
you try them out at home.