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I bought this Ikea Boja table lamp along with the matching Boja floor lamp to go in my dining room. There is also a matching ceiling pendant lamp in the Boja range, I am currently debating whether to get this as well or not, I'm not sure whether it will be rattan light overkill or not.
The table lamp and the floor lamp are both available in either brown or back rattan, the ceiling pendant lamp is just available in the brown rattan. The table lamp is £25.99, the floor lamp is £45.99, and the ceiling pendant lamp is £51.99. I chose the brown rattan colour for both of mine.
Each of the shades in the Boja lamp range is handmade; and so each shade is unique. I did spend quite some time in Ikea choosing a table lamp and a floor lamp that matched each other, there was quite a lot of variation in colour. This is something to bear in mind if you are purchasing more items in the range, but at a later date (a bit like my dilemma with the ceiling lamp now).
The Boja shades are made of plaited bamboo, and this creates lovely decorative light patterns on the walls. The table lamp gives off a lovely soft glowing light, which gives the room a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The table lamp does actually give off a fair amount of light, with both the table lamp and the floor lamp on I don't need to switch the ceiling light on. The table lamp looks really quite trendy and funky in my dining room, it is quite traditional looking, but in a modern kind of a way!
The large plum shaped rattan shade of the table lamps sits on a small neat silver nickel coloured base, the base is quite heavy, but I guess this is so that the lamp doesn't topple over.
The table lamp just takes one light bulb, which you do need to buy seperately. No assembly is required at all, you just take it out of the box and it's good to use. The Boja table lamp stands 40cm high, and is 20cm in diameter, it has a long cord - over 2m, so you don't need to place it right next to a plug socket. The switch to turn the lamp on and off is located on the power cord near to the base of the lamp.
I am pleased with this range, and the table lamp in particular.
A couple of years ago I decided to update the lamps I had in my living room. I purchased some lovely lamps in Sainsburys which resembled flowers in a vase which sadly both lasted just a short period of time before revealing why they had been so cheap to buy in the first place. These lamps sat on side tables in my living room, and I also purchased two sleek chrome floor lamps in IKEA. This just left my sideboard needing a lamp and when I spied the Boja table lamp in IKEA I knew I had found the right one.
The Boja range comprises of a table lamp, a floor lamp and a ceiling pendant lamp. I had considered buying the floor lamps too, before my head was turned by the chrome ones I eventually did buy.
The Boja lamp is oval shaped and the shade is narrow at the top curving out to become wider in the middle before tapering back in at the bottom. It sits on a silver base.
The shades in this range are made from plaited bamboo, giving them an oriental feel. They are also handmade, with IKEA claiming this gives every shade a unique look. As I only own one Boja lamp and didn't carefully inspect other lamps in the store, I can't really comment on that.
The table and floor lamps are available in either a pale rattan colour or in black. The pendant light shade is only available in rattan.
The table lamp has a nickel plated steel base which has a nicely polished silver finish which I have since discovered is due to acrylic lacquer. The dimensions of it are 25 cm wide, 25 cm high and 43 cm long, with the lamp weighing 1 kilo. The cord, which also includes the power on and off switch measures 235 cm.
The lamp currently sells for £25.52. I was fortunate enough to pick mine up when IKEA had offers on for Family Card holders and as a result I only paid £14.99 for my lamp.
I bought the lamp predominantly to sit on my sideboard and offer light close to my dining table and I like how the rattan shade blends in well with the wood on my sideboard.
The woven shade is double density and it creates a pretty effect of shadow on the wall beside the lamp. It is easy to switch the lamp on and off thanks to a switch on the power cable close to the base.
The lamp takes E27 screw-in bulbs up to a maximum of 75 watts. I am currently using a low wattage energy saving bulb so the light is quite dim but IKEA recommend using 28 watt halogen bulbs which I suspect will emit a stronger light. I prefer the light to be relatively dim however as I feel it enables you to enjoy the patterns on the wall from the shade and certainly it gives the rattan coloured shade that I have a lovely warm tinge.
Unlike some IKEA lamps I have owned before, the Boja range is sturdy and actually looks quite impressive. When my sister first saw it she thought I had been somewhere expensive to buy a new lamp and was amazed when I told her what I had paid for it. The lamp is also quite durable - I have changed bulbs a couple of times without incident and when I moved home the lamp wasn't damaged in transit.
I must admit if my chrome floor lamps were to die on me I would be tempted to buy the Boja versions because the natural bamboo shades on the Boja range blend in so well with my solid wood furniture. My late husband had quite strong ideas about the kind of interior décor he liked, frequently using the word "colonial" to describe it. This lamp fits in with the colonial look perfectly and I know he would have loved the Boja range.
Even at the £25.42 the lamp costs today I feel the Boja table lamp offers excellent value for money. It's simple in style but looks like something John Lewis would charge three or four times as much for. I think if you are looking for a table lamp that makes a statement then you should definitely consider this one.