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8 Ways to Cover Ugly Light Fixtures

Sure it's super easy to change light fixtures, but sometimes you just can't. If your space is really temporary, like a dorm room or a short term let, or even if you don't have access to switch off the electricity then a refit is out of the question.

Here's a few ways to deal with oogly light fixtures that won't lose you your deposit.

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1. Chic Scarf

A student classic that can actually work really well. The old scarf-over-the-lamp trick:

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Of course you'd make sure that the fabric wasn't touching the (energy saving) light bulb. 'cause you're smart. Cheers to bhg for the image

2. Ooh La La Lacy

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This is a bit of lace trimming taped in place with masking tape. The effect is really quite pretty when it's dark too.

3. A chopping Board?

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This is a flexible chopping board from Ikea with a hole poked in it. It completely replaces the glass bit, and it's all heat resistant too so, bonus. I would have covered up the brass circle bit with electrical tape, maybe in black, maybe in a rectangle shape but we're run out of electrical tape. Bloomin' Mondrian

4. Holy Plastic Basket Batman!

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This is a  plastic basket (from the dollar store) with the handles chopped off and a big X shape cut in the base. The Big X shape allows it to be slotted over the light fixture itself. Let me know if you're all 'HUH?' about this one. I have some more pictures.

5. Scandinavian Style

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This is just paper, cut to have a kind of Scandinavian vibe and then taped into place. I got the idea from here.

All those idea's range between the cheap and the free, If you've got a little cash to throw at the problem here are some other options:

6. Tord Boontje $65 = ooooooooooh PRETTY

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7. Adagio Light Cover $157

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Wait, $157, really? Well it's not for sale anymore, so this HAS to be DIY-able... I'm thinking wire coat hangers and fabric... hmmm.

And finally, the big slice of gorgeous that got me thinking about all this in the first place:

8. Caro.Duke's Umbrella Turned Light Fixture

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So Pretty. SOOO clever.

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jasmine on Apr 21, 2017:

Actually I like the original square light fixture except for the big round thing in the middle. I think that round part that twists on could be replaced with a smaller piece - all the ones I have seen are very small.


jostarr on Aug 29, 2011:

I want to look at the umbrella one but "flickr" (which is a royal pain in the you-know-what in the first place) won't let me see it.  It says I don't have permission and that it's private.  What the.....!?!?


Anonymous on Sep 05, 2010:

These are great ideas!  I'm fixing up a preschool room and wanted something colorful so the paper umbrella is a great idea.  thanks for making me laugh out loud at the laundry basket one:)


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Jekyph on Aug 21, 2008:

I LOVE the flowery one! It almost looks like tinsel.


ruajennie on Aug 21, 2008:

Thanks for posting! I'm renting right now and have some pretty unfortunate-looking light fixtures in the bedrooms. I've always wanted to temporarily pretty them up. Thanks for the inspiration!


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