The 20 Very Best Floor Lamps (2024)

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By Lauren Ro, a writer at the Strategist covering home, design, and parenting. She joined the Strategist as a writer in 2018. Previously, she was an associate editor at Curbed.

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  • Best overall
  • Best tripod
  • Best arc
  • Best task
  • Best modern
  • Best vertical light
  • Best column
  • Best LED

Usually cast in corners or shoved between sectionals and chairs, a floor lamp is one of those easily overlooked pieces that shouldn’t be — it’s practically a stand-alone piece of furniture, and choosing the right one can change a room’s décor scheme. “You should have fun with lighting, as they are illuminating sculptures in your space,” says interior designer Lauren Ashley Allan, adding that lamps can act as “the jewelry to a room.” But do you go decorative or trendy? Or should you focus on task and function? To find out, I tested lamps at home myself and also reached out to 13 interior designers and other design-adjacent folks for their recommendations. Below, 16 floor lamps for every style and budget, from surprisingly expensive-looking ones under $150 to splurge-worthy lamps that make an impression. If you’re looking for other types of lamps, visit our Lighting District for a roundup of our 100 favorite lighting implements.

What we’re looking for

Style

Among the hundreds of thousands of floor lamps out there, most of them fit within just a handful of categories. You’ve got your basic upright floor lamp that’s supported by a single post; tripods that stand on three legs; arcing lamps, whose shades suspend over a space; task lamps that let you direct the light right above a reading chair; and lamps that have columnlike supports. Everything else is a variation therein, with different shade types dictating the overall look of a lamp. Fabric drum shades are among the most classic kind, but you also have mushrooms, globes, cones, and pleated options, among others. In my own never-ending search for floor lamps, I’ve found it helpful to search by basic style, so I’ve categorized the ones below that way as well, and then by shade.

Material

The basic components of a floor lamp — base, support, and neck — are typically made of metal or wood, but many lamps also mix materials. Marble is a popular base material, and sculptural, ceramic bottoms have recently become the darling of the high-end-design world. You’ll also find lamps whose posts act as the light source itself, which is seen in paper column styles as well as in more contemporary LED options.

Adjustability

Unlike desk lamps, floor lamps are typically fixed, but a few do come with adjustable components. Task lamps, for example, usually allow you to adjust the shade and even a swing arm, if they come with one. Some upright styles come with telescoping necks that are height adjustable. A couple of floor lamps are even dimmable.

Best floor lamp overall

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Style: Drum shade | Material: Linen, metal | Adjustability: Telescoping neck

TV and film set decorator Kimberly Fischer told me about this lamp from West Elm when I wrote this highly specific story on floor lamps a couple of years ago, and she called ita staple. “I’ve used it multiple times,” she said. “It’s classic and shows up well on-camera.” She points out its natural linen shade, and the fact that it is height adjustable makes it that much more versatile. It’s got a slender metal stem that incorporates both antique brass and satin black finishes (for a little extra detailing) and a base that will fit small spaces comfortably, which is why, along with its just-below-$300 price tag, I’ve dubbed it the best overall floor lamp on this list.

Best (less expensive) overall floor lamp

Style: Bent neck | Material: Metal | Adjustability: Dimmable

For something completely different in look but equally adaptable and multipurpose (and much more affordable), here’s an LED lamp that will provide light without stealing the show thanks to its slim profile. It’s recommended by Stacy Harwood, a senior designer at the online interior-design service Havenly, for its “sleek design,” and she calls it “super-versatile,” meaning it pairs well with any décor style — which is why I think it will work well for most people. Designed by Strategist-favorite Hay for Ikea, it also has a swiveling base and head and full dimmer capability for just $70, a price that truly can’t be beat.

Best tripod floor lamp

Style: Tripod, drum shade | Material: Metal, cotton

Tripod floor lamps are as classic as they come, but this one that Havenly lead designer Toussaint Derby recommends stands apart thanks to its black-and-gold combination that she says “makes it feel more glam” than your run-of-the-mill lighting out there. Gold accents offset the black fabric drum shade and sleek legs for a moody, high-impact look.

Best mid-century-modern tripod floor lamp

Style: Tripod | Material: Metal | Adjustability: Adjustable head

If you like a lamp that stands on three legs but prefer something with a slimmer profile, consider this lamp by Greta Grossman’s original 1947 Grasshopper design that Allan recommends as an “alternative reproduction if you are working toward building your own iconic collection.” It has a tubular steel tripod stand that is “tilted backward, creating a modern silhouette,” and a conical shade with an elbow joint that can be adjusted up or down to direct the light where you please. In terms of placement, Allan recommends “placing it behind your favorite reading chair in a family room, bedroom, or kids’ room.”

Best arc floor lamp

Style: Arc, drum shade | Materials: Metal, cotton | Adjustability: Dimmable

A floor lamp with a dramatically arcing neck can double as overhead lighting if you position it correctly — above seating or even a dining table, for example. Another favorite of Harwood’s, this more traditional option has a simple metal base and cotton shade, making it especially versatile. “With an extending arch that’s over six feet high,” Harwood says it is a practical option for both small and large rooms. She adds that it comes with full dimmer capacity and that you can get it in two finishes (brass and nickel).

Best (less expensive) arc floor lamp

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Style: Arc, globe shade | Material: Metal, marble

This arcing lamp has more of a ’60s vibe thanks to its globe shade. It’s recommended by home decorator Carrie Carrollo, who, tired of what she calls the millennial-approved “all gold- (or brass-) toned everything,” suggests trying chrome. “This lamp feels like a nice way to potentially experiment with the tone,” she says. It also marries two of the shapes she mentions above, with a shade that is both orblike and mushroom reminiscent.

Best bentwood floor lamp

Style: Arc, pleated shade | Material: Wood, canvas

The Mads Caprani lamp was designed in 1971 and had a resurgence in popularity a few years ago, when it could be seen in boutiques like Mansur Gavriel and the homes of stylish people all over the world. Vintage versions were difficult — and expensive — to source. (I bought mine from Copenhagen-based Etsy seller Verbo Studio, whose lamps were in beautiful condition and better priced than the ones I saw in the U.S.). Now it’s back in production thanks to Gubi. Comprising a curved bentwood spine made of wood veneer and a canvas pleated shade, the elegant lamp balances on a crescent-shaped cast-iron base and can slide into just about any spot thanks to its petite footprint. I’ve created the most pleasant reading nook by placing it next to a big white slipcovered chair. Even though it’s slightly ubiquitous now, I never tire of looking at its sinuous shape.

Best task floor lamp

Style: Task | Material: Metal | Adjustability: Adjustable height, swing arm

For something a little more traditional, try a task lamp, like this one that design historian Alessandra Wood recommends. “I love a good pharmacy lamp,” she says, adding that because of its classic look, this will always be in style. “This has the perfect blend of vintage and industrial charm, and the aged brass introduces an upscale feeling of warmth to any rustic space.” It’s available in other finishes, including nickel and bronze, and has an adjustable height and swing arm.

Best (designer) task lamp

Style: Task | Material: Solid brass | Adjustability: Adjustable height, swing arm

If you like the idea of a task lamp but prefer something that looks a little less like it belongs in a library or a banker’s office, consider this solid-brass one with a conical shade from Ralph Lauren that Denver-based interior designer Jess Knauf recommends. “It’s a great little reading light but also super-sexy at night for mood lighting, especially if you have two next a sofa,” she says.

Best modern floor lamp

Style: Column | Material: Plant polymer, aluminum | Adjustability: Dimmable

Photographer and designer Tommy Lei turns to California-based Gantri, which makes 3-D-printed lighting using plant materials, for his floor lamps. “It works directly with reputable designers to produce cutting-edge products with a high-design flair,” says Lei. The Pavone, designed by Viviana Degrandi, is one of his favorites that he uses in both his home and with clients. The LED light source is ensconced between two tail-feather-shaped shells that diffuse light radially and sit atop two aluminum rods that are anchored by a slim cylindrical base, giving it a slender profile. Lei prefers to use it as a corner lamp to “elevate any sitting or living room,” adding that it “pairs easily with a wide range of décor styles because of how timeless the silhouette is.”

Best wooden floor lamp

Style: Upright, drum shade | Material: Wood, linen

Here’s an upright, shaded style that would fit in just about anywhere. Harwood calls it “simple,” with a “versatile design that pairs well with coastal, Cali-cool, and transitional styles.” I would agree. The pale rubberwood base and textured linen shade feel so relaxing and make it easy to imagine this lamp in the living room of a (theoretical) summer cottage.

Best sculptural floor lamp

Style: Upright, drum shade | Material: Resin, fabric

“An ’80s nod with a muted, ancient feel” is how Shannon Retseck, the owner of Cuttalossa, a home-goods and textile company, and Cuttalossa & Co., a retail space in Philadelphia, describes this unusual lamp. The twisting resin neck and woven drum shade are muted enough in color that the lighting won’t overwhelm a room, she says, adding that this would be “such a great way to add visual interest to a space lacking charm.”

Best vertical-light floor lamp

Style: Column, vertical light | Material: Metal | Adjustability: Dimmable

“This floor lamp is one of my favorites, mainly because of the marble base but also because it’s unique and it doesn’t take up a ton of space,” says interior designer Tiffany Thompson of Duett Interiors. It comes from Canadian-based brand EQ3 and doesn’t immediately look like lighting because of its matte-anodized-aluminum shade that emits a vertical shaft of light. “If you live in a smaller apartment, or you’re looking for a light fixture to go in a corner space, this is a great option while still being a conversation piece,” says Thompson.

Best metal-column floor lamp

Style: Column | Material: Metal

If the above light works best in a corner, this shiny stainless-steel lamp that Victoria Adesanmi, founder and principal of interior-design studio Aesthetics Studios, recommends is meant to stand out. “I’m obsessed with this,” says Adesanmi. “It’s modern, simple, and perfect for any place in your home.”

Best paper-column floor lamp

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Style: Column | Material: Washi paper

For something that doubles as a piece of art, consider Isamu Noguchi’s Akari light sculptures, which are made from washi paper and come in dozens of styles and shapes. “We think it’s hard to top a Noguchi lamp,” say Meghan Lavery and Daniel King, owners of vintage-furniture and design store Home Union in Brooklyn. “They fit with anything and give the nicest glow.

Best LED floor lamp

Style: Bent neck | Material: Metal | Adjustability: Dimmable

Another minimalist LED lamp, the Leaf from Scandinavian design studio Muuto comes recommended by Clémence Polès, the creative director and founder of online magazine Passerby. “I recently discovered Muuto and have been fawning over their designs,” she says. “The Leaf floor lamp is beautiful. It’s really elegant, thin, and doesn’t take up much space.” Slightly more sculptural than the Ikea lamp above, this “feels like it could be part of an Alexander Calder piece,” according to Polès. The shade, which is shaped like a leaf, can be angled in the direction you desire.

Best (low) LED floor lamp

Style: Orb, low | Material: Plastic | Adjustability: Dimmable, 16 LED color options

For a different kind of ambient light, two of our experts, Thompson and Retseck, suggest trying round floor lamps, like this one recommended by Thompson. “This is a nontraditional version of a floor lamp,” she says. “I love it directly on the floor or propped up on a stack of books.” It casts a soft glow and comes with 16 LED color options. Retseck, who recommends a similar lamp, agrees that “well-placed glowing globes bring a serene diffused light.”

Our experts

• Victoria Adesanmi, founder and principal ofAesthetics Studios
Lauren Ashley Allan, interior designer
Carrie Carrollo, home decorator
• Toussaint Derby, Havenly lead designer
• Stacy Harwood, interior designer
Jess Knauf, interior designer
• Meghan Lavery and Daniel King, owners of Home Union
Tommy Lei, photographer and designer
• Clémence Polès, founder of Passerby
• Shannon Retseck, owner of Cuttalossa
• Tiffany Thompson, founder of Duett Interiors
Alessandra Wood, design historian

Additional reporting by Mimi Faucett.

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FAQs

What kind of floor lamp gives the most light? ›

The floor lamps that give the most light are standing, torchiere, and arc floor lamps. However, choosing a specific type is complex and depends on what you are using the light for and your personal preferences. The type of floor lamp you select can make a major difference in the brightness of your space or room.

Who makes best lamps? ›

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What lamps give the best light? ›

The best kind of light for a dark room, such as those with few or no windows, is an LED — they're not just energy efficient, but they can produce much brighter light than incandescent bulbs.

How do I find the perfect floor lamp? ›

Look to the three key layers of light to decide: ambient, task and accent. Maybe you want warm ambient lighting, which an array of shaded floor lamps can provide. Or, maybe you want some direct illumination to light up your reading chair, in which case an arced reading lamp would be ideal.

Which lamp glows the brightest? ›

The lamp which will have the lowest resistance ,will get the most current due to this it will glow the brightest.

How many watts should a floor lamp be? ›

Most floor lamps typically range from a 250 to 350 watt equivalent, which may be provided by 2 or 3 light bulbs. However with fluorescent tubes and LED elements it may be harder to predict the wattage. Try to find out what the "equivalent" incandescent light is, or the "lumens", which is a measure of light brightness.

What are the high end lighting brands? ›

  • Pacific Coast Lighting.
  • Panama Jack.
  • Paragon.
  • Philips.
  • PLC.
  • Port 68.
  • Possini Euro Design.
  • Powell.

Which of the following lamps has the highest efficiency? ›

Among these lamps, the most efficient and energy saving lamp is LED lamp.

What is the best light to buy? ›

Your Best Light Bulb Choice

General-purpose LED bulbs fit standard light sockets and are the most energy-efficient option. LED bulbs have a lower wattage than incandescent bulbs — meaning they use less energy — but still have the same light output.

Why are floor lamps so expensive? ›

Material Quality. Floor lamps crafted from premium materials such as solid wood, solid brass, or hand-blown glass command higher prices. These materials contribute to both the lamp's durability and aesthetic appeal.

Are LED floor lamps worth it? ›

LEDs have an impressive lifespan compared to traditional lighting options, lasting up to 25,000 hours or more. This extended lifespan means less frequent replacement, saving you both time and money in the maintenance of your lighting fixtures.

What lamps are best for nighttime? ›

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ProductsProduct LinksOverall Value
Best Smart: Hatch Rest Night Light$200 at Amazon4.8/5
Best for Kids: Globe Electric Multicolor Night Light$15 at Amazon4.6/5
Best for Teens: Allsop Home and Garden Glow Light$99 at Wayfair4.5/5
Best for Adults: Casper Glow Night Light$32 at Amazon4.8/5
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How many floor lamps should you have? ›

As a general rule, consider one floor lamp for every 100 square feet of living space. Furniture Arrangement: Arrange the floor lamps strategically to fill in dark corners or areas that might be poorly lit by other fixtures.

Should floor lamps in a room match? ›

Look to the Room Itself

“We love asymmetry, so we usually opt for two different lamps that are stylistically similar. However, often times one floor lamp is all a room needs. Two can begin to compete with one another, in some instances. “It's important to get the scale right.

What height should a floor lamp be in a living room? ›

When it comes to floor lamps, they should be 58 to 64 inches tall. The bottom of the lamp shade should not be lower than the eye level of a seated person. It can be at or above eye level.

How many lumens should a floor lamp be? ›

How many lumens should my floor lamp have? The brightness required of light depends on the purpose of the luminaire. If you use it as a reading lamp, we recommend at least 500 lumens. If your floor lamp shall supply you with room light, you can follow the general rule of 100 lumens per square meter.

Do floor lamps light up entire room? ›

Floor lamps can provide plenty of good quality ambient light and will brighten up any space. If you're relying on floor lamps to supply much of the ambient light in a room, the key is to aim for an even spread of light throughout the space.

Do white lamp shades give more light? ›

A translucent lampshade made from white or otherwise thin fabric offers more light and diffuses that light around a room. If you choose a lampshade with this construction, the color of your lightbulb will matter.

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