* Prices may differ from that shown
When we decorated our bedroom last year, I wanted a few little 'finishing touches' to help achieve the look I wanted. With some of our bedroom furniture being black in colour, I was on the look out for a small silver lamp to add a little contrast to the dark furniture. I stumbled across the perfect accessory in a local branch of Ikea, namely their "Knubbig Table Lamp", with this review outlining my experiences of the product.
The Knubbig Lamp is available in a choice of colours such as red, purple, silver, gold, and a sort of frosted white colour decorated with a delicate petal design. There are two sizes available, but I believe that not all colour choices are available in the larger size. The size I purchased is the smaller size, and I selected this in the silver colour. This cost me £7 from a local branch of Ikea.
The packaging for the Knubbig lamp was fairly simple, with the small, circular lamp resting on a 'square' of thick cardboard and being covered in see-through plastic, so I could see the lamp inside before I bought it.
The lamp's design is quite simple, but I think it is really pretty and unique. With a completely round shape, the lamp is flat on either end, so it sits easily on a flat surface without wobbling. These flat ends are 'open' so the one at the top allows the light to shine through when the lamp is on. I find too that the light shines through the glass shade easily, irrespective of the silver 'foil' design that covers the glass.
I hadn't realised that the Knubbig Lamps are all completely individual, as each one is made from mouth-blown glass, meaning that no two are the same. This gives a unique appeal, although I did feel that my little lamp already had this appeal as I hadn't come across anything quite like it in any other stores that I'd been searching in.
The lamp is extremely easy to use with minimum set up required; I simply had to put its bulb in and plug it in at the socket on the wall. To switch it on and off, I simply need to flip the chunky switch that is attached to the Lamp's flex. Whilst I'm on the subject, I have to mention that the Knubbig Table Lamp has an amply-sized flex; it is long enough to reach its required socket easily without feeling cumbersome, and certainly the flex length is on a par with most other lamps that I've purchased in recent times.
The Knubbig Lamp requires the use of an Ikea light bulb, which unfortunately isn't supplied at the time of purchase. I managed to obtain one quite easily in store, however, although I cannot recall how much I paid for this. I can confirm that the light bulb is extremely economical, as it has not needed me to replace it as yet even though the little light has been used for around a year now.
The lamp's 'fitting' is inside the circular lamp, of course, and I admit that I do find it a bit 'fiddly' to remove and fit the light bulb due to the Lamp's neat size; it's not impossible, but it does require a little patience as I need to squeeze my hand in the lamp's top opening, which takes a little practice.
I find that the light from my lamp is quite subtle, so it creates a cosy ambience when I'm reading in bed at night-time, which I am able to do quite easily without straining my eyes. This wasn't really possible with my previous bedside lamp as although it was extremely pretty and gorgeous, it didn't give enough light for me to read comfortably.
The Knubbig Table Lamp works really well, and at the same time it is gloriously pretty. Whilst being quite feminine in its image, I do think that in the right surroundings, the little lamp could work well in extremely contemporary, minimal surroundings; there is something 'crisp' and 'clean-cut' about the Lamp's design that I think make it quite contemporary, without being 'cold' in the way that some modern designs often are. Instead, the little Knubbig Lamp ticks all the boxes; it is subtle, cosy, modern and chic, with an extremely affordable price tag.
To clean, I simply use an old-fashioned yellow duster, which the Lamp's glass seems to appreciate; all dust particles are removed easily and quickly, leaving the glass sparkling and shining.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Ikea Knubbig Table Lamps, and would love to have more of them dotted around my home as they are so attractive and cute in their design; even when switched off, my lamp is shiny and pretty and resembles a flat, chunky vase from afar, so it never stands out or looks awkward. It is probably no surprise that this little lamp comes with my full recommendation, together with top marks in the product rating score - I can't praise it enough!
Despite loving minimalist looks I must confess my life is very rarely minimal and I love pretty home furnishing so when I came across this in Ikea five years ago (although they still sell it and it now comes in a variety of colours and sizes) I had to buy it and in fact when I accidently broke it I had to re-purchase I loved it so much.
I got the smaller size which currently retails at £7.00 (a larger size is available for £11) in the white cherry blossom although they do other colours including gold and silver and lilac and red. The lamp I have has a white frosted glass finish with a cherry blossom design on so is very pretty. While according to Ikea each lamp is unique because it is hand blown.
The lamp I have is the smaller size but I love that because it fits nicely on my dressing table. Once on it gives a really nice muted glow - this is not the lamp for you if want a powerful light. Instead, I find it is perfect for the side of my bed as it creates subtle mood lighting and isn't too bright so helps you wind down before going to bed. The light really is nice from the lamp as it flittered through the frosted glass. It is also really easy to control with a switch on the cord so is perfect as a bedside lamp as I hate having to wrestle with those switches on the lamp itself.
The only thing I would say about the lamp is that you need quite a small light bulb in order to fit into the light fitting (I think Ikea recommend their halogen bulbs). So you can't use your regular bulb. However, I haven't had to change my bulb for about 3 years despite using it every night.
**Caring for the lamp**
Like most lamps it can be a bit of a dust trap so you do need to dust it and wipe it down every now and again but that's no real issue.
At £7.00 this lamp is pretty and functional and perfect for my bedside table so something I would purchase again.
This gorgeous glass lamp immediately caught my eye on a recent trip to Ikea. There are a few versions of this lamp available. The version I have, that I am reviewing here, is a milky coloured glass globe with white cherry blossoms printed on it. It costs £11 and is 18cm in diameter.
There is also a smaller version available for £7 - in this colour as well as in lilac (pictured here), red and black. The lamps are mouth blown, making each one unique. I have to admit I found it hard to pick up only one of these lovely lamps! And I am not promising I won't be buying one of the smaller ones in the near future....
This is a very pretty lamp that is ideal if you're looking for something neutral that would match all colour schemes. It's a circular shape with the wire coming from the bottom so there are no intrusive cables or bulbs sticking out! It is very subtle in its design and is unimposing, yet it really is very pretty. The cherry blossom design is very simple with small leaves and twigs that don't cover the entire lamp, and it manages to combine a vintage look with modern styling. I think this is what I like about this lamp - although it is quite sleek and modern it somehow has quite a classic look to it too with the subtle floral design. I think the design of this lamp works really well and makes it a bit different and very attractive to look at, without taking over a room.
It's perfectly simple to set up as it already has a plug attached. The light given off is a muted glow - so this isn't one to brighten up a room completely. Instead it's a mood light really and a nice one for a bit of subtle, romantic lighting! As well as for a living or dining area this would also look good in the bedroom too.
This round glass lamp provides very subtle mood lighting. It looks very pretty and would suit a quite minimalist scheme - or be good if you want something that won't clash with anything else!
Overall I would really recommend this lamp. It may not be too everyone's taste but if you are looking for some subtle somewhat minimalist lighting then this could be a great choice - and at a great price too!
When I recently decorated my bedroom I was on the look out for some new lamps and I spotted the lovely Knubbig table lamps in Ikea.
At the time of purchase my local Ikea had these in a few colours. I choose to buy the white colours but I remember there also being a pinky/purple and a green and a couple of other colours also.
These are round, glass lamps which have a circle cut out of the glass on the top and the bottom meaning they sit flat on your table. The lamps are made from frosted glass and have a pattern on them. The white lamps that I choose have a cherry blossom pattern on them. Ikea advertises these lamps as being made from mouth blown glass, therefore they will all be unique and slightly different, however I found that all of the lamps looking very similar to my untrained eye!
The Knubbig lamps are available in two size; the smaller of the two is 11cm in height and the larger is 18cm in height. I opted for one of each size. I planned to put the larger of the two lamps on my dressing table and the smaller lamp on my bedside table.
The lamps have a switch part way down the cord. The cords of the lamps are reasonably long, I think the larger lamp has a cord of at least 2m, which is really useful if your plug hole isn't near by to where you want to plug the lamp in. Due to there being a circle cut out of the top and the bottom of the lamp I found it really easy to put in/remove the light bulbs.
When switched on, the lamps give a nice soft glow. The larger lamp gives out more light as to be expected! As I already mentioned I had planned to use the smaller lamp on my bedside table, but as I like to read in bed I found that it was not giving me enough light and my eyes were becoming quite strained. I swapped my two lamps and now use the larger lamp to read with and find that it provides enough light to read comfortably. I would say that these lights are more for 'mood' lighting as they do give more of a subtle glow rather than lighting up the whole room.
I think these lamps are reasonably durable and sturdy. I did have to replace one of my lamps as when cleaning my bedroom I accidently knocked it over and it hit off the corner of my wooden bedside table and smashed. Although as it is a glass lamp, I would not really have expected it to have survived this! The lamps can be wiped clean with a damp cloth if they become dusty or dirty. I would recommend that they aren't placed in a child's room as they are made of glass and could cause injury if knocked over and smashed.
As with most of Ikea's products, I think these lamps are really reasonably priced. The larger of the two lamps costs £11 and the smaller is just £9. For this price, you can afford to replace one if it breaks!
I am really pleased with my Knubbig lamps and think they make a lovely little addition to any room. Thanks for reading/rating and I hope you found my review useful.
Every so often I quite like a bit of a mooch around Ikea. Given that I've previously reviewed the place in terms of what a black hole of awfulness it is, this may sound strange. And, indeed, it's true that if you venture there on a bank holiday weekend, then the soul will be sucked from your body and your will to live will dissipate with each arrow on the floor that you wearily trudge over. The trick to Ikea, you see, is all in the timing. If you go at 10am on a weekday, not only will you benefit from the place being virtually empty, but you can also to treat yourself to one of their 99p breakfasts (and, for that price, I just bet all the ingredients are organic). When I was furnishing my house in Donegal I used to stop by at this time and always managed to get in and out in under a couple of hours, with my sanity more or less intact and without having used any heavy weaponry on the other punters. My last port of call, and one of my favourite bits, was the lighting department. For one of the spare bedrooms I wanted a couple of matching bedside lamps that didn't have a fabric lampshade, that would be easily replaceable and that were operated by a switch on the power cable. These little Knubbig lights looked just the ticket.
~*~What do they look like?~*~
These lamps are quite a thick frosted flat-bottomed glass globe, of which the top part has been lopped off - rather like a boiled egg - to increase the amount of light given out. Mine are green and have a pattern of branches and circles on them which I believe is supposed to be cherry blossom; I initially thought that this pattern would be cast on the walls in shadow when the lamps were lit but, somewhat disappointingly, this is not the case. This is another lamp that Ikea proclaims as being mouth blown and unique but it's not as if you're buying a piece of art so they all look very similar. Certainly you'd be hard-pressed to identify the differences between my two lamps.
~*~How much light do they give?~*~
These are really quite small little lights - only just bigger than my hand - so I'd only consider using them as bedside lamps or at atmosphere lighting in conjunction with other, more powerful, lamps. I have used them for reading purposes but found that it was only about 10-15 minutes before my eyes started to ache. I certainly wouldn't recommend them to be used as reading lights by children or anyone who suffers from eye strain.
~*~How long do they last?~*~
Given that a lot of my friends use my Donegal house for holidays with their children, I fully expected to have to replace them quite frequently and, at £8.99 each I wasn't too upset at the prospect. However, the original set are still going strong and look as good as new. Mind you, if you have obstreperous toddlers in the house I'd suggest that you look elsewhere: whilst these are study, all glass will shatter if you hit it hard enough. Mine get the occasional going over with a cleaning wipe and this is enough to keep both the light and the flex looking good.
These are glass and so will get warm to the touch when used, although nowhere near hot enough to burn. The glass seems to be good quality as it hasn't yellowed over time from the heat given off by the light. I can't remember the wattage of the bulb - I just bought the teeny ones that Ikea recommend - but I do know I've never changed them so they're clearly pretty efficient little beasties. The cables are long enough for me to plonk them on a bedside table and loop the flex round the back of a single bed to the nearest plug socket and the switch is placed sensibly close to the light so that you don't have to fumble along the length of the cable looking for it. The Ikea website doesn't seem to feature the green colour any more (although it does have purple, red and white) but it's worth having a look in your local store as sometimes the available stock differs from what's online.
I have a thing about lamps. I tend not to like big room lights on that blind me and prefer lamps to give off light and to be a bit more subtle. I love Ikea so when I decided to go lamp shopping it was one of the first shops I looked in.
I like unusual looking objects and as I've just moved into a rather neutral coloured flat I decided to inject some personality and colour into my home with objects rather than to roll my sleeves up and decorate....just yet lol!
I spotted these Ikea 'Knubbig' table lamps and instantly liked them and so although there were a few colours to choose from, eventually I opted for the purply coloured one!
Well it came in cardboard and see-through plastic and on the cardboard I was simply told what it is and who it is by. It was easy enough to remove out of that packaging and as there wasn't very much of it at all, it was easy to dispose of too which was an added bonus lol.
They come on two different sizes and in 5 colours which are purple, white, black, green and red. The size of the smaller ones height is 11 cm and costs £8.99 and the height of the larger one is 21cm and costs £14.99 and after taking a look at both lamps and in all colours, like I say I got the purple coloured one and in the smaller option to save space.
The lamp is made from blown glass and is round in shape and each lamp is deemed to be slightly unique because of the fact its blown glass. The glass is patterned with leaves and birds and although you struggle to see that pattern on the darker lamps when they are not switched on at night they give really good mood lighting and the pattern is vastly more visible. IKEA a recommends SPARSAM low-energy bulb E14 5W and I struggled to find one of those in store and when I did it cost me £1.99 for 2 of them but of course other shops do supply the light bulbs you need.
The base and the top of the lamp are not covered which means you can easily slide and twist the light-bulb in and the lamp comes with a very long black cable to plug into your plug socket. It has a plastic on off switch unit a few inches down from the lamp to turn it off and on....and thats it. Simple to get working and it does look very pretty and special!
I love this lamp, it has had many comments about it and I think £8.99 is a good price for something so different to other lamps I have seen. It doesn't give off the brightest of light but it does give a subtle hue that is very relaxing and of course if you want a brighter light you could simply go for a lighter glassed option from within this range.
Very nice and only available in Ikea stores.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.