How to Hang a Swag Lamp

By Sarah Bradburn
eHow Contributing Writer
Swag lamps are a quick way to add light to any space. It requires no wiring or other electrical work and it plugs into any wall outlet. Another added benefit is that the lamp can be placed virtually anywhere additional lighting is needed, regardless of whether or not the ceiling is pre-wired for a fixture.


  1. Step1

    Determine placement of lamp. Use a stud finder to locate a stud in the ceiling as close to the desired spot as possible.

  2. Step2

    Drill starter hole into stud with electric drill.

  3. Step3

    Screw the swag hook into the starter hole until completely inserted.

  4. Step4

    Hang lamp onto hook by the decorative chain. If hanging above a table, the lamp should be installed 30-36 inches above table top.

  5. Step5

    Install a second hook near corner of ceiling above the wall outlet where the lamp will be plugged in.

  6. Step6

    Run the chain along the ceiling and hang on second hook. Plug lamp into wall outlet. Decide whether you want the chain tight against the ceiling or draping.