Your bedroom lamps can affect everything from your space's overall aesthetic to how well you sleep at night (and wake up in the morning), so they're an important aspect of any bedroom design. But with so many shapes, sizes, and designs to choose from, honing in on the perfect bedside lamp can feel overwhelming. To make it easier, we're highlighting some of the very best bedroom lamps for every aesthetic, budget, and lifestyle.
15 Best Bedroom Lamps
If you've been following interior design trends closely, then you might've noticed cute mushroom shapes making their way into design-forward homes. And this adorable, minimalist lamp from Schoolhouse is a perfect way to integrate the trend in a subtle yet playful way.
In addition to being impossibly adorable, the lamp is super durable, composed of a hand-spun steel shade, dual porcelain sockets, and a rotary switch. It was also assembled in the brand's Portland, Oregon, factory using ethically-sourced components, so you can feel extra good about adding this bedside lamp to your sanctuary.
If you're looking for a small table lamp that's big on style, well, look no further. This sweet, mid-century-inspired bedside lamp from Burrow has a small footprint, with a base spanning only 13 inches in diameter, helping to conserve the precious bedside table surface area that's so important to many of us.
The solid poplar base comes in three different finishes, ranging from a blonde oak to a stark black, so it's easy to find the perfect fit for your aesthetic. And the socket-mounted switch is tucked neatly behind the shade, preserving the minimal, sculptural quality that makes this bedroom lamp so stunning.
One look at this stunner makes it clear why it's a favorite among designers like Caitlin Murray, founder of Black Lacquer Design: “This is a pretty, shiny piece that offers diffused light thanks to the dense shade. If you’re looking for a decorative option to provide mood lighting, it’s a winner."
Designed by Nicholas Obeid, this modern table lamp features an unlacquered brass lamp base, which gives each piece a slightly different look that will take on more character over time. Meanwhile, the table lamp's natural rattan shade punctuates the sleek design with just the right amount of textural warmth.
Ceramic table lamps come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and finishes, but we're particularly partial to this beauty from Apt2B for its versatile design that can complement a wide variety of styles.
The base features a sophisticated blue hue and it has a cream/white fabric shade that will look amazing in a soothing bedroom design. But the table lamp's classic look can also work well as a desk lamp to elevate your home office. One reviewer raves, "Cutest little lamp ever! I bought one for my office credenza and liked it so much I bought another one for my desk!"
Given the popularity of Casper's mattresses and bedding, it should be no surprise that the direct-to-consumer brand knows a thing or two about what makes the perfect bedroom lamp. And that's exactly what The Glow Light is.
The bedside lamp features a dimmer controlled by a built-in gyroscope, making it easy to emit the precise amount of light you need to lull yourself to sleep and guide you through those middle-of-the-night trips to the bathroom. The lamp even syncs with its own app, which lets you schedule a time to turn it on in the morning for a gentle wake-up.
“Who says a lamp can’t double as an art piece?! The pop of pink and whimsical nature of this lamp definitely brings a smile to my face!,” said Katie Simpson of Mackenzie Collier Interiors of this unique lamp from Anthropologie—and we couldn't agree more.
This table lamp's Victorian-inspired fringe lampshade pairs perfectly with the quirky llama-shaped base, creating a look that's equal parts playful, feminine, and artistic. Whether it's your most whimsical piece of home decor or it's just one of many in an eclectic aesthetic, it's sure to start a conversation anywhere it lives.
Brand: Lulu and Georgia
Katie Simpson is also a big fan of this modern table lamp from Lulu and Georgia: "I love that this lamp is anything but traditional. It’s modern, yet still playful with its arched silhouette and contrasting white bulbs.”
With its globe light bulbs and fluid tubal base, it's the perfect choice for anyone seeking a subtle accent lamp that retains a strong design point of view. It also comes with a dimmer, allowing you to create the ideal ambiance, whether you're reading, binging Netflix, or waking up in the morning.
Designed as a desk or reading lamp, this gem can also slide seamlessly into the bedroom, adding a fun pop of color in the process. In fact, desk lamps often make ideal bedroom lamps thanks to the adjustable arms so frequently found on them, which make easy work of late-night reading sessions.
In addition to having a convenient adjustable arm, this lamp features a swiveling shade that can direct light at whatever you need to see most. It also comes in three different colors—yellow, white, and black—so it's a stellar option whether you're looking for a vibrant color pop or something a bit more neutral.
With its classic drum shade and ceramic base, the Brigs Bedside Table Lamp from AllModern is as pretty as it is versatile. The ceramic table lamp was thoughtfully designed with a linen shade that subtly softens the glow of your light bulb while hiding the on/off switch located on the socket.
The bedroom lamp also comes in two sophisticated neutral hues, including a milky cream and a smoky gray, both of which will elevate all kinds of different looks. And each color is enhanced by a tapered solid wood column that provides a hint of texture and warmth.
This bedroom lamp from Article rocks such a unique and artistic design that you'd never guess it's so affordable. The lamp's minimal footprint leaves plenty of space for bedroom essentials, like books, glasses, and devices, while its adjustable shade allows you to illuminate areas with precision.
You can choose from two different hues—matte sage or white—and each comes with a gilded base that will punctuate your look with a glam touch.
This black table lamp from Wayfair is another affordable option that doesn't sacrifice style. The modern design is inspired by classic lanterns, giving it a timeless quality that also feels fresh and trendy.
The night light's touch switch allows you to simply tap the base with your fingers to choose from three different brightness options, so you needn't worry about fumbling around to find the switch in the dark. It also features a heavy base, so it can hold its own when it comes to the erratic but oh-so-cute movements of pets and kids.
Want to conserve 100% of your bedside table's surface area? Given that this area has a special knack for cluttering up quickly, we can't blame you. The Lampe Gras from Lumens allows you to save this area for essentials while providing all of the bedside light you need at any given moment.
These wall lights let you move it to precisely where you need it. And when we say 'precisely' we mean it: The two-part lower arm can be adjusted by 250 degrees and spun 360 degrees, while the shade can be adjusted 210 degrees for the ultimate in illuminating precision.
Inspired by traditional kerosene lanterns, this little cutie is a total steal at less than $25. But beyond being budget-friendly, it's all kinds of moody, featuring a built-in dimmer that lets you create the perfect setting, and a light bulb that emulates a live frame.
The bedroom lamp is also highly compact, with a base reaching only six inches in diameter, so it's a great way to light up small spaces. The unique design can also extend far beyond the bedroom, serving just as well as a lovely entryway or living room accent as it does a bedside lamp.
Price: Lamps Plus
With its neutral, organic tones and warm linen shade, this lamp would make a great addition to most spaces, be it a Scandinavian bedroom design or a bohemian home office. The subtle polka dots give the lamp a unique flair without sacrificing its timeless appearance, while matte white clay details give it an artisan quality.
The table lamp is also ideal for larger spaces since it can use up to an 150-watt light bulb, making it a great living room accent as well. But you can always opt for a softer light bulb if you want to stick to moodier lighting in the bedroom.
Brand: West Elm
This adorable table lamp from West Elm comes in two different sizes, each with a slightly different style, so you can find just the right piece for your bedroom look.
No matter which size you choose, though, you'll be investing in the perfect ceramic lamp, complete with a linen drum shade that emits a warm glow and a glazed ceramic base that helps to showcase the lamp's striking textural details.
Can a Floor Lamp Work in a Bedroom?
Bedside lamps are far from your only bedroom lighting option. For those who don't have bedside tables or people who simply want to reserve their bedside table space for other items, a floor lamp is a great option. Floor lamps are also great space-savers in general, typically featuring a small footprint relative to their size, but often packing stronger lighting capabilities than smaller table lamps.
According to Katie Simpson, “A floor lamp can work well in a small bedroom where you only have space for one nightstand on either side of the bed. A floor lamp will save space on that additional side, while still providing both ambient and task lighting for reading.”
What You Should Consider When Buying a Bedroom Lamp
When it comes to purchasing furniture and home decor, size is among the most important considerations. If you purchase a bedroom lamp that's too large for your space, it can both literally and figuratively cramp your style. And if you purchase one that's too small, it can quickly look out of place, and it might not emit as much light as you need.
"I like to think of lamps as an opportunity to tie the room together. They should always feel like they are part of the room and match the room’s style."
Abbe Fenimore, founder of Studio Ten 25, advises that, “Scale is the most important element to consider when selecting a lamp. Once you have the correct height and scale narrowed down, then you can focus on color, style, and other fun details. I like to think of lamps as an opportunity to tie the room together. They should always feel like they are part of the room and match the room’s style. When choosing lamp height, consider the height of your nightstand and headboard. I prefer lamps on a nightstand to complement the headboard scale. If the lamp is too short, it won’t look right and will not provide enough light where you need it. If you’re going for a large-scale lamp, it will look best with a lower nightstand and tall headboard."
And if you're wondering about the ideal height for a bedroom lamp, Jessica Welling has the answer. "Bedside table lamps should generally be 26-30 [inches] tall, assuming that your nightstands are just about the same height as the top of your mattress. This allows you to sit up and read in bed with light coming from over your shoulder," said the Seattle-based interior designer.
Style is also important when it comes to choosing the right bedroom lamp for your aesthetic. According to Welling, “Unique lamps that bring texture to a bedroom are a great way to add a little 'wow' factor while complementing other patterns and textures in the room.” If you want something unique and glam, you could go for a Tiffany lamp or a glass table lamp or a glass shade lamp. You can also opt for a simple, traditional table lamp to give your bedroom design a timeless appearance.
“Unique lamps that bring texture to a bedroom are a great way to add a little 'wow' factor while complementing other patterns and textures in the room.”
But the lamp's physical look and construction aren't the only style factors to consider; the type of light it emits is very important as well. “For any interior space, you always want to choose warm white or soft white bulbs. Never choose daylight or cool white bulbs," added Welling. "I always try to choose lamps and fixtures that will produce soft diffused light. No one wants to lay in bed looking up at an ultra-bright bulb.”
There's absolutely no reason that you need to sacrifice style when you're on a budget. These days, you never even need to leave your couch to find beautiful, design-forward lamps that are easy on your wallet.
Amazon and IKEA, for instance, offer all sorts of table lamp sets that look so good you'd never guess they're a total steal, like IKEA's Tarnaby lamp, featured on this list. You can also find stylish and affordable bedroom lamps on sites like Wayfair, Amazon, and AllModern, which offer furniture and home decor at a wide variety of price points.