Thursday, July 31, 2008

How To: Lamp Cords

Ok girls. This is my first "How To" so I hope it is not too confusing. Here is a before picture with the standard, good 'ole twist ties. Not as attractive as it could be.
Step 1: Make a loop with your cord and stretch out the rest so there is about three times the length of the loop.
Step 2: Grab the long length of cord while holding the loop tightly and start wrapping it around the loop by going over the top first.
Step 3: While holding tightly, continue wrapping the cord.
Step 4: Continue until you have about a two inch long loop at the end.
Step 5: Push the plug through the loop.
Your hands will probably get tired and you might have to re-do it a couple of times to come out with the exact amount at the end (I had to re-do it 3 times) but it is worth it in the end.
It presents a much cleaner look and frees up so much space. Depending on how far away your outlet is will determine where you start your loop. Since my lamp was right beside an outlet I could start about 4-5 inches from the base of the lamp, or in this case, right above the switch. If your outlet is farther away you might need to start in the center of your cord.
When you walk into the bathroom now you can't even see it. I hope these instructions make sense. If you are still having trouble with it please let me know and I will try to clarify. Let me know how it turns out!

38 comments:

Darlene said...

Thanks Shannon...it does make sense. Now if we can all just do it.....ha ha They look great done that way!!

Bella said...

Thank you so much for posting the directions! I have to try this on our tall lamp in the living room. It's a floor lamp and I absolutely hate the chord just sitting there, it makes me crazy! I'll have to try it and post some pics on your wonderful discovery!!! :-)

Kaki said...

Such a great idea! I have several lamps I'll have to try this on! Thank you for the tutorial!

Annie said...

Thank you Shannon! You did a great job explaining...totally makes sense. I can't wait to try it out on my little kitchen counter-top lamp!

Dana D said...

Oh, I'm so happy that you posted this! Now I'm off to try it!

Deb said...

Thanks so much for that. Now I need to go do that to about 15 lamps. By the way, that is a way cute lamp.

Kim said...

Great instructions...they totally make sense! Thank you!

A Hint of Home said...

That's a very good idea and looks so much nicer. Thanks for the tip.

Aunt Mimi's Creations! said...

Thank-you Shannon for the great directions!

frillsfluffandtrucks said...

Oh you are fantastic! Now I'm sitting here thinking "duh, why couldn't I figure that out?!" You make it look so easy!!

~ Sarah

mommy2gabby said...

Thank you Shannon! What a great idea. It helps for you to visually demonstrate the process. I think I will try it on a lamp I have on a sofa table.

Jody

Our Complete Family said...

Oh you are a gem! Thanks for posting the directions dear! I just couldn't wrap my brain around it!!! Silly me! Happy so close to the weekend to you! Hugs, Les

kate said...

Thanks for showing this! Now I am going to hide several cords!

Lacy said...

Thats great news and I love the frilly little jazzer on your lampshade!:)

The Berry's Patch said...

Thanks Shannon!

Nancy Hood said...

great idea!! and you made yours look so professional!

t h a i t r a i t said...

So. Fancy.

Kitty Scraps said...

Good job explaining, totally makes sense now! thanks!

Empty Nest Full Life said...

OK your instructions are great but the real question is where did you get that lamp with that cute shade?

Lisa Ann said...

Thanks for posting this. I hate having cords all over the place.

Gretchen said...

Thank you Shannon. I'm going home tonight and fix all my lamp cords. Thanks again for great "how to" directions.

paperjunk-lc said...

I'm going to try this out this weekend. Thanks for the instructions.

Blanca said...

Fabulous thanks for the tutorial.

B

Katie said...

Great how-to! I can't wait to try it. I love that little lamp, esp. the shade!

Blissful Nikki said...

Thanks so much for sharring that!! I cant wait to give it a try on every lamp in my house! hehe

Also, Im in need of some decorating inspiration on my blog, I would love for you to come help me out! :)

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

I somehow blog-surfed over here, and I LOVE your blog! I am new to blogging, and just really enjoy reading what others are up to. I actually have the little blue egg soaps, and have had them in a dish by the sink. I loved your idea of using moss underneath, and just went to add some to mine :)!

Blessings,
Stacey

Nicole said...

THis is a really great idea, I'm definitely going to have to give it a try.

emily said...

Wow. Those lamp cords are so fancy it makes me want to decorate with just them. Thanks for the how to. And great comments on the babysitting posts, by the way. You are so right.

Golf Widow said...

All I can say is WOW! Thanks, I'm off to try it!

Christina said...

Love this idea and thanks for the great tutorial. I'll have to give it a try.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! I don't have a long cord bunched up behind my sofa anymore. : )

KS

At Home Redesigns said...

Ah ha! I love that. Will have to give it a try.

The Graves said...

thanks shannon! i came across your blog this afternoon and thought this was a great idea. i had a lamp in my bath about the size of yours. i went by your instructions and it worked great! now my hand towel hanging above lays down nice and flat. thanks so much for the instruction and love your blog!!!

Anonymous said...

This is the neatest thing! I can't wait to try it on my bathroom lamp. Look forward to reading more from you!

BC

creative gal said...

THANK YOU!! I so needed to know how to do that!! Can't wait to try it!

Alissa said...

I recently got a new lamp for our guest bathroom and I can not even begin to tell you how excited I was get home and try your cord trick. It made it look so much more clean and simple. Thanks for a great, useful idea.

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Rosie said...

It is real similar to the top of a macrame project. Cool. Love this idea for all the phone charging cords that are every where.