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Why the IKEA Ranarp is the Best Lamp

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Inside: My thoughts on why the Ikea Ranarp is the best Lamp they’ve ever made and why it’s one of the best lamps they’ve ever made; plus details on the Vimle and Ektorp sofas and how to plan a trip to Ikea.

It is incredibly rare for me to write an entire blog post dedicated to just ONE thing – but I feel as if this one thing is worthy.  I have to get this off my chest. I feel like it’s one of those unspoken things that designers and bloggers know that we just have to admit. I’m talking about why the IKEA Ranarp is the Best Lamp.

It’s no secret that I love Ikea – I’ve written about it A LOT. You can check out my top tips for visiting Ikea here, my review of our Ikea Vimle Sofa here, a full round up of all the dozens of Ikea hacks in our house. I joke with my husband that he lives with a walking, talking human version of the Ikea catalogue.

Why The Ranarp Lamp is the Best

I actually wrote a post about this way back in 2014 – which was the year the RANARP first hit store shelves in IKEA stores across North America. I mentioned briefly that February has been ‘tech back end’ month for me (which essentially means I’m putting in DAYS of work to fix up technical monsters living in the bowels of my blog) – and as I was doing that, I found that old post was full of errors and bad links and it just made more sense to write about it again with fresh eyes and long-held love.

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I can distinctly remember the moment I flipped through my summer edition of Canadian House & Home magazine – and it was as if the skies had opened and sent me lamps from heaven. I HAD to have a RANARP. And at that point, getting one to Halifax was a pain in the butt. We didn’t have a bricks and mortar store and you couldn’t order lighting online from the website. I ended up getting my brother to buy a set and mail them to me! Since then, I have made the incredible  discovery that certain IKEA products are available on Amazon. WHAT?! Yeah. Now you can get an RANARP on Amazon if you don’t live near to an IKEA. Le sigh. How I wish I had known that four years ago. Anyway… haha

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Reasons the RANARP is one of the best lamps around? Well, where do I begin? When it first came out there were only three styles and it only came in white; the wall sconce, the desk lamp and the hanging fixture.

Ranarp fits almost every decor style

I loved the wall sconce option because it blended in with the wall and it was one of the first affordable options with a covered cord. I mean, who doesn’t love a good covered lamp cord??!


Then the interplay between the matte white and the gold accents. Be still my neutral loving heart. I realize I’m talking about a 4-year old lamp design. But at the time, it was like nothing we’d seen before. I think it inspired many lamps after it. Here it is against a matte black wall… <3 <3 <3

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Anyway, bloggers took to this lamp like moths to the flame, like me to a cupcake or a power tool or whatever… It became the quintessential blogger lamp. And that’s a-okay.  I ended up hanging ours in our super tiny guest bedroom... against a white and patterned wall. 

Accessible, affordable, damn pretty looking. RANARP. Such a fun word to say. Such a lovely lamp to own.

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Bevin Chu

Monday 23rd of December 2019


I just bought four RANARP Pendant lamps, off-white, 15 ". One for mu dining table, one for my living room, and one each for two bedrooms.

As a retired architect, I love the industrial aesthetic, at a sensible price.

I am wondering, however, is there any trick to getting the four-pronged brass colored bracket slipped on to the lampshade without scratching it?

I see why they made the springy prongs tight. They want to make sure the lampshade doesn't slip off roo easily from the weight.

But it does make getting it wrapped around the lampshade in the first place a little bit of a challenge.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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