Choosing the right floor lamp can be tricky, especially since there are certain factors that you need to consider.
But don’t fret!
From floor lamps for small spaces to adjustable floor lamps, we list down the five tips that will help you make informed choices on what floor lamps you will need to suit your spaces!
Ready to get started? Let’s begin!
#1 Determine what you want to illuminate
Do you need to diffuse light throughout the room? Do you need light for tasks? Are you looking to make your room feel bigger and/or taller? Are you looking for adjustable floor lamps?
Depending on what your answers are to these questions (among many others), you might need:
- Ambient floor lamps: These lamps are designed to brighten an area without thinking about focus or direction. Ambient floor lamps have bulbs and lampshades that help diffuse light from one end of the room to the other and create adequate lighting. These work great for sitting areas in the corner, back of the room, or living spaces that need good visuals.
- Task floor lamps: If you’re looking to create a cozy space for working or reading, these lamps can help. Since they provide focused light in one direction, you can have adequate lighting without having the glare from ceiling lights.
- Torchier Floor lamps: These lamps direct light upwards toward the ceiling, providing the level of brightness you need without glare. It has a wider top and a narrower bottom, which adds a much-needed flair to an otherwise bare or minimally decorated room.
- Arc floor lamps: These lamps offer great lighting solutions for big seating areas and sectionals. They usually feature single or multiple lights arranged at the end of a long arc, which can be rotated and adjusted for directed light. The only caveat is that arc floor lamps can clash with most traditional or classic décor.
#2 Determine what size is needed
How much light do you need? Do you have an issue with glare? Do you have limited floor space?
If you need as much light as possible, taller floor lamps might just do the trick if you need as much light as possible. This helps spread the light better across the room.
Remember that all of your tall floor lamps should be roughly the same height as your other lamps (including shorter lamps on top of tables and other furniture) to create a cohesive and cleaner space.
While tall floor lamps address numerous issues, one problem people face with them is glare. In this case, opt for shorter floor lamps at around 67 to 69 inches. This height should also help in hiding unsightly bulbs, sockets, and other hardware.
If your room is a tad small, then try to avoid arc floor lamps since they have super wide bases to balance out their wider tops. Instead, opt for ambient and torchier floor lamps as they have the smallest bases and narrowest shades.
#3 Determine what lampshade helps your floor lamp do its job better
What shade shape will go well with your décor and space? What shade shape can help diffuse more light into the rest of the room? What material allows light to pass through easier and brighten your space?
While you would expect that your lamp and lampshade go together as a set, some manufacturers sell them separately. Choosing the right shade for your lamp and room is pretty straightforward: A round base goes well with a round shade, while a square base goes well with a square or rectangular shape.
In cases where more light is needed for a room, choose wide shades. Ideally, the wider the shade, the more light can flood a room.
As for material, if you’re looking for more light, opt for light materials like linen and cotton. If you’re looking to keep light only to a specific area, choose a denser material like opaque fabrics and leather.
#4 Determine what bulb you need
Looking for budget-friendly bulbs? Bulbs that last longer?
Incandescent bulbs are the cheapest in the market and produce that warm, golden glow. Go for these bulbs if you’re looking to add drama to a room.
However, they generally burn out fast and can launch your electricity bill to the high heavens.
LED light bulbs, on the other hand, LED light bulbs can last decades depending on the quality. However, they can be on the expensive side. Depending on the make and model you choose, LED bulbs can provide both simple warm lighting as well as different other colors and hues.
#5 Determine what additional features you want
Do you want the option to dim your lamps? Do you want them to bend in any position you choose?
Dimmable floor lamps, while a luxury, can help transform a room according to your mood. They can offer convenient controls thanks to their dim, bright, and brightest settings; they can offer convenient controls. Just remember to install a bulb specifically made for dimmers to avoid constant flickering.
Some lamps also allow you to adjust direction and height thanks to certain features, such as telescoping stems and adjustable hinges.
And there you have it — our five tips on how to choose the right floor lamp for your needs.
We hope we were able to shed light (pun fully intended) on some of your most pertinent questions and help you create the space of your dreams!