Table Lamps For A Bedroom
If you’re choosing table lamps for a bedroom there is more to think about than you might expect. How high should the lamp be? How big? Do you want the lamp to be just a light or do you want extra features like USB chargers? Is this for your bedroom or a kid’s room? So many questions! Don’t worry, I’ve got the answers for you, and collections of images to help you find the perfect bedroom table lamp you’ve been looking for.
In this article I will cover:
- Bedroom Lamps: FAQ
- Table Lamps For Your Master Bedroom
- Table Lamps For Your Kid’s Bedroom
- Table Lamps For Guest Bedrooms
Bedroom Lamps: FAQ
What Is The Right Size Lamp For A Bedside Table?
The right size depends on a few things.
- The size of the room. If you have a small room, a smaller lamp may look more in proportion. Vice versa if you have a large room
- What size bedside table is the lamp going to stand on? If you have a large or wide bedside, it will look more balanced if the table lamp has a wide base.
- The most generally recommended height fora table lamp is 24 – 27 inches. This is because it is a good height for reading in bed.
How Tall Should Bedside Lamps Be?
As mentioned above, if you want to read in bed, 24 – 27 inches is the recommended height.
If you are looking at a lamp for reading in bed, you’ll also want to make sure the lampshade covers the light bulb enough so that you don’t have any harsh light glowing directly in your eyes as you’re lying in bed.
This means the height of the shade on the lamp can be just as important as the height of the lamp. Investigate a few different models before making your choice; there’s nothing more annoying than harsh light glaring at you as you try to relax into a book at night.
What Is The Best Table Lamp?
This question seems like it should have a simple answer. But it depends on what kind of bedroom the lamp is being used in, and what functionality you want from the lamp.
- Do you want a simple lamp that just has an on/off switch?
- Do you need a dimmer?
- Do you want one with an alarm clock built in?
- Do you want your table lamp to be a statement piece?
- Do you need it for a kid’s bedroom?
- Do you want your lamp to have smart functions and built in USB chargers?
There are three features I think are necessary for a lamp to be called “great”. Once you’ve thought about these three things you can start thinking about what design and color is best for you.
- You can turn it on and off easily from your bed
- It gives the amount of light you want
- It has a stable base and will not fall over easily
Table Lamps For Your Master Bedroom
The lamps in your master bedroom might be the most important lamps in your house. After all, this is the room where you sleep. This is the room that needs to be as comfortable as possible to help you relax and fall asleep easily.
Any lamps in your master bedroom are going to be seen and used every day, so you’ll want something that looks nice and functions exactly how you want it to.
The following features are things you’ll want to think about when choosing the lamps for your master bedroom:
- Easy to turn on and off from your bed
- Has a deep light shade to allow you to read in bed without any harsh glare
- A dimmer feature to adjust the light levels in the room
- Can be turned off with one touch
- Has USB cable outlets for your phone (I don’t normally recommend devices in your bedroom, but you may like to use your phone to play a guided relaxation meditation or do some yoga before you go to sleep.
- Smart lamp that has an alarm clock built into it (a great idea if space is at a premium and you don’t like extra clutter)
- “Wake Up” lamp – one that is programmable to light up in the morning to gently help you wake up
The easiest way to show you a variety is to let you have a peek at the Pinterest boards I created specifically for this article, so you can see some examples of what I think are good table lamps for your master bedroom. View the lamp collection here.
Table Lamps For Your Kid’s Bedroom
The function of a lamp for a kid’s room is going to be different than in your master bedroom. If you have smaller children, you may be looking for more of a nightlight – one that can leave a soft glow in the room all night if your littles are afraid of the dark. The lamp won’t need to be one that’s good for reading, or one that they can touch from the bed.
There are a variety of designs to choose from and you can really have some fun. There are glowing dinosaurs, giraffes with lamp heads, unicorn lights, fairy lights. You name it, there is probably a lamp in the shape of it.
I have two other suggestions for kid’s bedrooms:
- Himalayan Salt Lamp: these cast a lovely soft glow into a room. They usually have a dimmer so you can adjust the light level. We have one in our boys’ room and leave it on low all night. There are all sorts of health claims about the benefits of salt lamps but as a scientist I won’t go into those here and we didn’t buy the lamp for them. We just like the look of it, the soft light it casts and the sturdiness of its construction.
- Gro Clock: these are a revelation for parents struggling to stop their kids from getting up too early. They are a simple clock which shows a blue night light in the room when it has been programmed to be “sleep time”. At the time you program the clock to “wake up” the light changes to yellow, letting your kids know the sun is up and it’s okay to get out of bed and start the day. Some kids respond really well to these (mine do, it’s been a life saver) while others just ignore them (my kids cousin). Either way, they are worth a try and a nice light at the same time.
Table Lamps For Your Guest Bedroom
These are probably the easiest to choose. You’re going to be looking for:
- A simple design that compliments the rest of the room
- Something that’s easy to use
- Something with a solid base that won’t topple (there’s nothing worse than breaking something at someone else’s house)
- Something that’s good for reading (remember: white light, deep lamp shade covering the light, 24-27 inch height)
- Something that doesn’t cost a lot of money.
Keep it simple and functional.