That Target Lamp

Last Wednesday, I went ahead and spent some of my birthday on that Scandinavian-inspired floor lamp from Target that popped up in lots of blogs this summer (here, and here, for example). Overjoyed at my luck that they had one left, and stoked that it was now on clearance– $20 off! I nabbed it up and rushed home to assemble it.

The box was slightly torn at the opening, which should have been my first clue. The lightbulb that was supposedly included was missing, clue number two. Nonetheless I unwrapped, assembled, located a lightbulb (much too bright of one– gotta go shopping and get a gentler one), and set it up just so in a dark corner of the living room.

Target Lamp

Looks great, right? Good location, the gray goes with the frame and the couch… And makes a nice “triangle” with our entryway light and the other one that’s across the room near the other, green couch where we watch TV. (click here for bearings within the living room).

Target Lamp

Cue the sad sitcom sound effects… The wood is curved! See how it leans!!

I should have known something was up, like perhaps someone already discovered it was curved and returned it to the store! Oh well. We have some ideas for a DIY fix. I’ll let you know how it turns out!


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3 thoughts on “That Target Lamp”

  1. Get some fishing line and pull it tight and attach it into the corner. I don’t think it would be that noticeable. In the first picture it looks like is part of the dog statute.

  2. It has been my experience that pole lamps lean. We have had about five that I can think of and they all have leaned. I think it has to do with gravity, and the fact that the whole thing is top heavy. Joyce’s idea is one I had never thought of before. I usually just live with it, make it lean into the room so when you look at it straight on it leans toward you, or put a tall plant in front of it so the heavy container pushes it into place.

    That said, I like the color and the style. The style and scale is a good fit for the room.

    1. I know that floor lamps often lean but I took the wood pieces apart and they are literally curved! We are going to experiment with adding a new (straight!) dowel piece.

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