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Buying a Floor Lamp

Buying a Floor Lamp

Choosing a floor lamp for your living room or bedroom seems easy enough; you just have to choose a lamp in the color and style that appeals to you. But when you're flooded with purchase options, you can narrow your search by taking a few key considerations into account.

While a floor lamp shouldn't be used as a primary light source, it should still provide ample general lighting to a room. Usually, a floor lamp will be placed in the corner of a room. So it’s important to assess the size of your room to determine how prominent you want the lamp to be. Height, base width and shade type make just as much of a difference as the color and style.

If you’re in the market for a new floor lamp, explore this guide that helps answer the following:
  • Popular types of floor lamps
  • Other factors to consider before buying a floor lamp

Popular Types of Floor Lamps

You may be surprised that there are several types of floor lamps to choose from and the options extend far beyond the finish and style.

For example, a console floor lamp is traditional in style and features a pole connected to a base with light casting downward.

Alternatively, a torchiere floor lamp features an upside-down lampshade at the top that casts light upward. Meanwhile, an arc floor lamp has a slightly curved arm that sends light down and away from the base.

When it comes to finishes, gold floor lamps are a great option for those wanting to add a touch of sophistication to their space. They are especially beautiful when lightened by light. Alternatively, black floor lamps are perfect for modern interiors with clean lines. We also have fancy and classic floor lamps to choose from.

Lastly, you've likely seen floor lamps with multiple lights. Also called a track tree floor lamp, these fixtures have a base, a long pole and several branches from the pole to send light in adjustable directions.

Other Factors to Consider Before Buying a Floor Lamp

Floor lamps can serve a multitude of purposes beyond room illumination. If you need to fill space or add an artistic element to a bare room, placing a floor lamp in the corner can accomplish both. A floor lamp with shelves checks both of those needs off the list while also providing room to display photos and home accents.

If you're looking for a floor reading lamp, we suggest choosing an arc floor lamp that can be placed behind a chair or close to a sofa. The curve is able to reach over the furniture and provide generous lighting for reading, studying or drawing.

Another capability worth considering is how the light turns on. Floor lamps can be turned on with a pull chain, a brief hand touch, or a standard knob switch. You may also appreciate an adjustable floor lamp that allows you to adjust the height of the lamp or where the light points to.

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