Simple Cleverness… How to Hang a Wall Mounted Lamp on Sheetrock Wall
Here’s a super simple tute on hanging a wall mounted lamp on a sheetrock wall.
First, let’s start with the dark corner:
Here is a dark corner in the family room at ‘Our House’ with a sad little lamp sitting in the chair just waiting to be used to it’s full potential. I have been busy actually doing tons and tons of changes to the family room and I’m still in the midst of the projects, but let’s get this swing arm lamp up on the wall so it can feel better about life.
So here is the simple cleverness tute. Yes, we’ve determined this corner is kind of dark and needs a lamp, however the table I put next to the chair has a rather small top, so I really didn’t want to sacrifice space on it for a lamp, but for sure wanted an available reading lamp here… (fyi I envision using this spot for reading stories to my grandchildren)
To hang this lamp, pretty much all the hardware you will need is provided for you with the lamp, except for good anchors… by the way, I bought this lamp at Menard’s.
You will need to provide for yourself good quality anchors. (assuming you don’t find a stud in the exact spot you want to hang the lamp… chances are, you won’t find one, so here’s the next best thing to a stud…)
I love these super clever, yet so very simple, metal sheetrock anchors. (I used to use the plastic variety of these screw in type anchors, but let me tell you, these metal ones are way, way better!)
To insert them in the sheetrock, you don’t need to drill beforehand at all. Just screw them right in. (of course after you mark with pencil on the wall where you will be mounting the screws, and check with a stud finder or by some other means to be sure that there is not a stud there.)
There you go, just screwed right in. If you use a power driver, then you just want to be careful to not over screw them. Be sure you stop just as they become flush with the sheetrock.
If you wouldn’t have checked for the stud, and you would have screwed the anchor right where a stud was located, the anchor wouldn’t penetrate far enough into the wall… it’s kind of a mess then too, so be sure to check first for the stud.
Now the screws go in exactly where the anchors are in the wall. The anchors are some sort of soft metal so they adapt their shape to grip onto the screw.
And now the lamp goes over the mounting plate and the little knobs that came with the lamp screw onto the bolts that are on the mounting plate.
The lamp is fairly sturdy for swinging the arm as needed, however, I wouldn’t encourage my grandchildren to do so, you can only expect so much from an anchor… or sheetrock for that matter…
Let there be light… with just a little bit of simple cleverness!
Now to that table…
wait til you see what I did to change it…
Posted on February 14, 2013, in DIY - Crafts - Floral, Hardware, Light Fixtures, Monday's Simple Cleverness, Our House, Uncategorized, Vignettes and tagged anchor, decorate with a little bit, decoratewithalitlebit, drywall, hardware, lamp, light, screw, sheetrock, simple cleverness, swing arm lamp, wall mounted. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.