August 15, 2022

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Light Up Your Life: Guide to Bedside Lamps

While we need overhead ‘task’ lighting for many things (including checking we’re going out wearing shoes that are actually a pair!) having lamps in a bedroom is also a good idea. They provide additional light when needed, such as reading lamps by the bed, but also help to create a cosy, welcoming atmosphere when used on their own without the overhead lights. Here’s how to choose the perfect bedside lamps for your home.

If you’re planning to stand a lamp on a bedside table, then the lamp should be the same height as the table plus two or three inches. That puts it at the perfect height to illuminate without getting in your eyes. Next, you should be able to lie in bed and easily turn the light on and off. Lamps that have a switch built into the cord rather than on the lamp base can be easier to reach.

When choosing a lamp, look for a style and shape that will be stable. For example, heavy shades on very thin bases are prone to falling over if you accidentally knock the table while getting up! To look in proportion, the height of the lamp shade should be roughly a third of the height of the lamp, although this does depend on the style.

We’ve picked out a few of our favourites to give you some inspiration.

Smaller oriel table lamp, Pooky

Smaller oriel table lamp, Pooky

This unusual lamp will make a focal point for your bedroom, and look as good unlit as lit. It’s available in various size/shade combinations so you can pick exactly what you want. This model is the smaller bronze lamp with a 35cm tall tapered handmade marbled paper shade, total cost £200 from Pooky.

Totem table lamp, Zuiver

Totem table lamp, Zuiver

This unusual lamp is made from mango wood and finished in black with gold accents. It’s also available as a floor lamp if you want to carry the theme on throughout the room. £99, available from Cuckooland. 

Azara table lamp, Sweetpea and Willow

Azara table lamp, Sweetpea and Willow

The base of this lamp is made from gold-coloured, textured PVC material and it comes complete with a black shade. Black and gold is on trend at the moment, but you could change the look entirely by adding a different colour of shade. £110, available from Sweetpea and Willow.

Jemima golden duck lamp, The French Bedroom Company

Jemima golden duck lamp, The French Bedroom Company

This is one you’ll either love or hate! The base is a golden duck, hiding his head under a white linen drum shade. Style them as a facing pair on bedside tables for a quirky look. £98, available from The French Bedroom Company.

Boston table lamp, It’s About RoMi

Boston table lamp, It’s About RoMi

This ultra-modern lamp would look great in a minimalist or industrial decor. Designed by Dutch Designers It’s about RoMi, it’s available with a choice of three contemporary cotton shade colourways (sold separately), and costs £129.95 from Lime Lace.

Hood metal desk lamp, Cult Furniture

Hood metal desk lamp in yellow, Cult Furniture

This cute little retro lamp will add a splash of colour to your interior, and you can angle the light to suit. At 37.5cm tall it’s quite dinky, so you might need to stand it on a pile of books to get the right height! £49, available from Cult Furniture. 

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