1940's Metal Army Cot Turned Light Fixture

Pieces of Time East
by Pieces of Time East
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 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
  • Patti Patti on Jan 13, 2017
    You were allowed to do this in your classroom? If so,you are very fortunate
  • Jod14307377 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?
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  • Danielle Clapp 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 Danielle Clapp on Jan 14, 2017