Floor lamps come in all shapes and sizes, but one of the most popular types is the tall floor lamp. These lamps are perfect for lighting up a large space, such as a living room or office. However, sometimes a regular-sized floor lamp is not tall enough to fit the desired space.
In this case, it is possible to make a floor lamp taller by adding some extra height. This can be done with either DIY or store-bought methods. Keep reading to learn more about how to make a floor taller!
So let’s start the learning:
How to make a floor lamp taller?
Although it may seem like a daunting task, making a floor lamp taller is actually a very simple process that can be completed in just a few minutes. All you need is a few pieces of wood, some screws, and a drill. Here are the steps to make your floor lamp taller.
Add the height with wood:
Step 1 – Get the Materials
The first thing you will need to do is get all of your materials together. You will need some pieces of wood, a drill, screws, and either some new lampshade hardware or an extension cord cable.
Step 2 – Cut the Wood
To make your floor lamp taller, cut the wood into two equal pieces. The lengths should be whatever is left between the bottom of your floor lamp and where you would like it to go up to. It will probably be around 6-12 inches, depending on how tall you want your floor lamp to go.
Step 3 – Screw the Wood into the Lamp
After cutting the wood, screw the two pieces of wood together using the screws. Make sure that the bottom piece of wood is flush with the bottom of your floor lamp.
Step 4 – Drill a Hole in the Top Piece
The top piece of wood will have a hole drilled in it to go through the extension cord cable. This hole should be drilled in the middle of the wood and should be large enough for the cable to fit through.
Step 5 – Put it all Together
Once everything is drilled and screwed together, put the top piece of wood on top of the bottom piece. The hole in the top should be facing downwards so that the extension cord can go through it.
Step 6 – Plug it in and Enjoy
Once everything is assembled, plug your floor lamp into the extension cord and enjoy your new taller floor lamp!
Some other methods:
Purchase a taller base:
A simple and straightforward way to make your floor lamp taller is by purchasing a taller base. Many commercial light fixtures have bases that are adjustable from 13 – 18 inches high. These can include many of the metal halide, high-pressure sodium, or mercury vapor types of lights.
In addition to this height adjustment, they may also be able to pivot side to side as well as turn on and off via a switch box at the end of the cord in which the bulb sits.
It’s even possible to purchase a replacement lamp socket assembly that will fit into most common manufacturers’ lamps, making it easy to replace without having to replace the entire assembly.
Remove the old base:
If your lamp is already assembled, it’s possible to simply unscrew the base of the lamp and replace it with a taller one.
Add an extension pole:
If you really need to make your floor lamp taller, extension poles can be used with most conventional light fixtures or lamps with standard socket fittings.
You can purchase these at most hardware stores or home improvement centers. Just affix whatever is appropriate for the type of base on top of it and attach a new lamp shade with an incandescent bulb.
This will give you the look of a tall standing floor lamp without having to spend big bucks purchasing one from a store!
Add height with books or boxes:
For those on a budget, there are other ways to make your existing lamp taller without having to spend any money at all. All you have to do is stack books or boxes underneath the stand. Just keep adding them until it’s tall enough for your taste!
Floor lamps with adjustable heights give us more control over their appearance in our homes. We can use them as either task lights for working or accent lighting for decorating our rooms with whatever shade is needed depending on what type of bulb is used.
Now that they are available in many different styles and finishes, it’s easy to find one which will match most types of décor.
Add height via wood blocks:
Another way to make a floor lamp taller is by using wooden blocks placed underneath the existing base. This can be done in three ways following the steps below:
1) Place two 1×2 inch boards underneath either side of the bottom lip on the outside edge of the bottom plate. The easiest way to do this is to take off all lightbulbs attached to that particular cord or cord set assembly if applicable, loosen any screws holding down footplates for both cord sets (if applicable), remove any rubber feet from underneath carpeting/flooring, place board(s) in position, then reattach rubber feet and footplates (if applicable).
2) Cut two pieces of wood that are the same height as the existing base.
Once you have added height using either method 1 or 2 above, it’s time to add the new base.
If you have followed method 1, place the new base on top of the two boards you just added. Please make sure that it is centered and attached firmly in place. If you have followed method 2, place the new base directly on top of the existing base. Again, make sure that it is centered and attached firmly in place.
Screw-in or bolt in the new base:
Once your new base is in position, it’s time to fasten it in place by either screwing it down or bolting it down.
Reattach any lightbulbs attached to that particular cord or cord set assembly if applicable, loosen any holding down footplates for both cord sets (if applicable), and reattach any rubber feet from underneath carpeting/flooring, and you’re done!
Now your floor lamp is taller and looks great!
Placing your floor lamp on a table or crate:
There are times when placing your floor lamp on a table or crate makes it easier to use or more practical for lighting certain areas instead of having one standing alone. Of course, it should only be done if the existing base is sturdy enough to support the new height.
Make your own:
If you’re feeling creative and resourceful, there is always the option to make your own taller floor lamp by using metal poles or PVC piping that can be attached to what you need.
You may have to use your imagination, or you can find plans online for ideas of what you’d like to construct yourself. This type of project would require the use of tools, time, and patience, but it’s not necessarily difficult to accomplish if you know what you’re aiming for in height/width/diameter ratios, etc. Cheers!
Another method to make your floor lamp taller is read below:
To make a floor lamp taller, remove the pole of the lamp. Before adding height to any lamp post, you should understand where you will be making additions to the pole. This will determine how high or low your floor lamp will be when finished.
Remove light bulbs from the stand before making changes to identify any electrical issues.
Poke a hole near the top of the support inside where you wish for one end of your tape measure to go through from the inside out. Thread this tape measure through a durable string and tie a knot at either end so that they won’t unravel during the steps below, which will give measurements needed in order to cut off exactly how much length is needed off the top of your pole.
Make sure that the stand is stable, and have a helper hold the floor lamp in the desired spot. Cut the tape measure at the knot and hold the string taut while your helper lets go of the floor lamp.
Remove any paint or finish from where you will be making your cut, using a wire brush or sandpaper. This will ensure a good grip for whatever you will be used to affix your new height.
Drill a hole into the support post using a drill bit that is slightly smaller in diameter than the bolt you will be using to add height (a 7/32″ drill bit should work well). Your bolt through the hole, and then the washers and nuts are used.
Replace light bulbs, turn on your lamp, and admire your handiwork!
Making a floor lamp taller is a simple process that can be done with a few household items. By using a few pieces of wood, some screws, and a drill, you can easily make your floor lamp taller in just a few minutes. So let’s do it today.