1940's Metal Army Cot Turned Light Fixture

Revamping my classroom and wanted a unique light fixture! I happened to have a 1940's Metal Army Cot so my honey and I decided to add 25 Edison Bulbs to repurpose this into a fabulous fixture!
The finished product
This was what we started with...a glorious ceiling fan....
Here is our victim. ....the cot and the strand for the bulbs!
Now time to attach the strand to the frame.
Zip ties...need I say more?
All zipped and ready to be hung!
We attached 4 eye bolts into the beam with large carabiner closing clamps. Hung up one side while we hard wired the strand....
Put in some bulbs and made sure they worked before we hung it all the way! Yay...it worked!
Swung the other end up and clamped it into place! So pleased!!

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  • She352228
    on Jan 13, 2017

    I noticed the ceiling & wanted to know what type of ceiling & how was it done. I have a basement that I am thinking about tyoes of ceiling to install myself. Shelia McNeill

    • Eileen
      on Jan 14, 2017

      The ceiling looks like insulation with a plastic covering.

  • Patti
    on Jan 13, 2017

    You were allowed to do this in your classroom? If so,you are very fortunate

    • Eileen
      on Jan 14, 2017

      Possibly it's her own classroom where she teaches crafts or whatever?

  • Jod14307377
    on Jan 30, 2017

    Where did you get the Edison bulb lights? I've been trying g to create a new lightsource over my upcycled medicine cabinet for years but the w9oden arch at top of former knicknack shelf makes an awkward place for any lights. Maybe I should tie Christmas lights to ring or half round of baling wire or metal clotheshangers?

    • Pip
      on Nov 12, 2018

      They are so popular right now the price went sky high!

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  • Danielle Clapp
    on Jan 14, 2017

    Inspired? YES! I have my daughter's Crib frame and springs. Have held on to it for 20 yrs now, waiting for something like this. I will research lights ect. for now. I think painting the frame might add a little to hide the wiring. So thanks for the idea. It will make for a wonderful house warming gift to her.

  • Danielle Clapp
    on Jan 14, 2017


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