I purchased a new lamp to light my bedroom. For a long time, I have been searching for the perfect lamp.
This is the lamp I have used for several years. It is OK, but it is too big for the small drawers on my nightstand.
I am very picky about the lamps in my home. I usually use thrift store finds like the white plaster table lamp in the living room, the Serena & Lily table lamp knockoff for the guest room, and my favorite Pottery Barn lamp knockoff for my foyer. This gives me a look I want without spending a lot.
Recently, when I was renovating the guest room, I realized that the lamp on my nightstand would work better for the guest room’s night table, so I moved it.
This intensified my search for a smaller lamp to fit my night table. Many of the lamps I found at HomeGoods and Target, Walmart, Target, Target, and online were too big, small, rustic, or modern for me.
Although I had a clear idea of what I wanted, I couldn’t find affordable options. Yes, there would be many options if I wanted $300.
I chose to embrace the SLOW way of decorating. Instead of picking up the first thing you see, trust the process and embrace it.
The room has a second lamp, so it’s not been an issue to have a lamp for the past two years.
While I was browsing HomeGoods last week, I came across the most adorable lamp made of shades of blue abalone fragments and shaped like a fish. The lamp was too cute to not bring home, as I live on a lake and have a great view from my bed.
It was great except for one thing. It should be higher than the clock or plant. I love to see different heights on a table display.
What did I do? To make a riser, I searched my scrap wood stash.
I didn’t know if there were any round pieces I could use as a riser so I searched online for a round decorative riser that I could buy that was the same size as my base lamp.
What is a Lamp Riser?
Lamp risers can be made from wood, metal, ceramic or glass. One adds height to a table lamp by making it look taller. This makes them more proportionate to other decorative items and gives the lamp more presence in the room.
Risers can be used in the same manner for home decor accents like flower vases, plants and candles.
These wooden risers with feet for decoration were found on Amazon. I found the 5-inch diameter (largest photo) exactly what I needed. I didn’t have to make one, but it is possible. I will share more tips and tricks further down.
There are three sizes of these footed risers: the 3”, 4 and 5′ respectively. The set I purchased was the 3-piece. You can also get a larger set: 8′”, 6” and 4′. All sizes are available in four different colors.
The round, white-painted wooden riser adds 1.7 inches to the height of this lamp. This is enough to adjust the lamp base height along with the 2 other items on the nighttable to make me happy.
The distressed white finish of the riser is also something I like. It will go well with another project I’m working on for the space, which I will share with ya as soon as it is complete.
This is how my nightstand looks when I’m in bed. The lamp looks balanced when viewed from different areas of the room.
Decorating with decorative risers is a quick and easy way to make an accent piece stand out.
Side note: I paid $29.99 for this lamp at HomeGoods. To see if it was available online at HomeGoods, I tried to link it. It was however found on Houzz at $300 per pair. HomeGoods is another reason to shop.
Natural Wood Round Riser
To lift the lamp and other small items from my kitchen counter, I use a tree trunk cut. This acts as a tray and keeps the items grouped together by using a bigger riser.
Decorative Risers Using Books
Books are a great way to decorate your home with a riser.
You can find books in a variety of colors at the thrift shop, so you don’t need to buy any.
By placing three books underneath the gooseneck lamp, it achieved the height it required.
You can improve the look of a decorative item by adding some height to it. A pedestal cake plate is a great option if you don’t own a riser or books. You can also wrap gift boxes in wallpaper or gift wrapping to make them look better. You can probably think of more things to use. Even a stack of plates is fine.