The 10 Best Floor Lamps of 2021

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Best Floor Lamps

The Spruce / Chloe Jeong

Let’s take a moment to talk about lighting. Great lighting can make a space, while bad lighting can make a room feel uninviting at best and completely impractical at worst. Most overhead lighting is designed to do the most with the least, a single ceiling sconce that tries to illuminate an entire space, for instance. While sometimes practical, relying solely on overhead lighting isn’t always advisable.

Floor lamps can easily replace or complement most overhead lighting, and they can help create a cozier, more versatile vibe. From modern torchieres (which are much nicer than the one you had in your college dorm room, we promise) to arc lamps that could become the primary lighting source for your living room or bedroom, there are tons of options out there.

Here, the best floor lamps for illuminating your space, no matter what your style is.

Our Top Picks
This is a seriously stylish, well-made lamp that will make just about anyone happy.
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Simple and unimposing, it has an articulating arm that lets you position light directly where you want it.
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The big selling point is the solid marble base, which not only stabilizes the lamp but also looks great.
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It has a sleek, unobtrusive design as well as a built-in LED light that can be adjusted with a touch.
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In addition to three white shelves, it has two USB ports for charging your phone or other tech accessories.
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This lamp has an airy feel and a three-way switch that ensures you'll always have the perfect mood lighting for every occasion.
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It’s affordable, functional, and adds some visual texture thanks to the linen shade and tripod construction.
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This swing arm floor lamp has an antique and slightly rustic look and is super easy to adjust.
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Best Industrial:
Addlon Floor Lamp at Amazon
It’s affordable, and it comes with an LED Edison bulb that completes the whole industrial vibe.
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This lamp has a marble base, slim silhouette, and a frosted globe shade that makes it feel both elegant and timeless.
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Best Overall: Brightech Carter Floor Lamp

Carter Floor Lamp

Dimensions: 65 x 11 inches; shade is 19 x 10 inches | Max Wattage: 150 | Switch: Pull Chain | Power Source: Corded | Bulb Included: Yes | Warranty: Five years

What We Like
  • Impressive warranty

  • Affordable

  • Smart Home compatible

What We Don't Like
  • Lamp shade setup is confusing

Versatile, sleek, and surprisingly affordable, Brightech's Carter Floor Lamp is a no-brainer. It combines elements of both retro mid-century and modern industrial style, with a metal base and slim build complete with a walnut finish, fabric shade, and pull chain switch. To put it simply, this lamp just works, no matter your space or style.

Assembly is fairly simple, although setting up the lampshade is a little tricky. The shade comes folded to make everything fit in a smaller box, and then you have to unravel it attach it to the base. The process isn't long, especially once you figure out the method, but it is a bit counter-intuitive. Despite that, this is a seriously stylish, well-made lamp that will make just about anyone happy.

Best Budget: Cresswell Lighting Articulating Floor Lamp

Carson Carrington Innnes Black Brass/Metal Articulating Antique Floor Lamp

Dimensions: 54.5 x 22.25 inches | Max Wattage: 100 | Switch: Rotary | Power Source: Corded | Bulb Included: No | Warranty: One year

What We Like
  • Versatile style

  • Affordable

  • Adjustable arm

What We Don't Like
  • Won't illuminate the entire room

It may be described as “antique,” but this black and brass floor lamp works with most decor styles. Simple and unimposing, it has an articulating arm that lets you position light directly where you want it. Since the swing arm is height-adjustable, this is a good pick for spaces that might multi-task throughout the day, such as your WFH space.

Thanks to its bell shade and adjustable arm, it’s almost more of a task lamp than a floor lamp. This isn’t a bad thing if you're using it for a bedroom, home office, or reading corner, but just take note that it won't illuminate the entire room. And of course, there’s no complaining about its price.

Best Arc: Adesso Bowery Arc Floor Lamp

Home Depot 73.5” Antique Brass Bowery Arc Lamp

Dimensions: 73.5 x 48 inches | Max Wattage: 100 | Switch: Rotary | Power Source: Corded | Bulb Included: No | Warranty: One year

What We Like
  • Available in two finishes

  • Affordable

  • Adjustable arm

What We Don't Like
  • Heavier than most lamps, making it a bit more difficult to put together

Arc lamps are ideal for small living rooms where you’d like a floor lamp with a small footprint that can still take center stage. There are more than a few options out there to choose from, but beware that they can topple over easily if they don’t have a solid base.

The Bowery Arc Lamp is a sturdier version of this classic design, and its big selling point is its solid marble base. Not only does it help stabilize the lamp itself, but it also just looks great if the lamp is placed out in an open living room or bedroom. Available in two finishes and at an affordable price, this arc lamp is hard to beat.

Best Modern: AllModern Flemings Task Floor Lamp

Flemings Task Floor Lamp

Dimensions: 63 x 30.5 inches | Max Wattage: 9 | Switch: Touch | Power Source: Corded | Bulb Included: Built-in | Warranty: No

What We Like
  • No bulb replacement

  • Touch switch

  • Adjustable

What We Don't Like
  • Won't illuminate the entire room

  • No warranty

AllModern’s Flemings LED Task Floor Lamp is a standout option for a modern floor lamp, especially if you're trying to light up a reading nook. It has a sleek, unobtrusive design as well as a built-in LED light that can be adjusted with a touch. Its adjustable design lets you focus light on your book or desk, so it’s a great pick for living rooms, bedrooms, or offices where you could use an extra spotlight. There are both brushed steel and black and gold versions available, both of which can add a nice modern touch to any space.

Best With Shelf: PB Teen Harrison Shelf Floor Lamp

PB Teen Harrison Shelf Floor Lamp

Dimensions: 62.25 x 12.5 inches | Max Wattage: 9 | Switch: Rotary | Power Source: Corded | Bulb Included: Yes | Warranty: No

What We Like
  • Built-in USB ports

  • Versatile style

  • Bulb included

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

Even if you’re a full-grown adult, it’s worth checking out Pottery Barn Teen’s selection of floor lamps. While the Harrison Shelf Floor Lamp may have been designed with teens in mind, it’s surprisingly sophisticated and is a top choice for a floor lamp that also offers extra shelf space.

In addition to its sleek gold frame and three white shelves, it has two USB ports for charging your phone or other tech accessories. This is a great choice if you’re looking for a floor lamp that can double as a nightstand, or if you want to create a little hub for Bluetooth speakers and some decorative accessories in your living space.

Best Tripod: Zipcode Design Norine Tripod Floor Lamp

Norine Tripod Floor Lamp

Dimensions: 61.25 x 22 inches | Max Wattage: 16 | Switch: Rotary | Power Source: Corded | Bulb Included: No | Warranty: One year

What We Like
  • LED compatible

  • Three-way rotary switch

  • Affordable

What We Don't Like
  • Smart Home enabled, but only for Google Assistant

Tripod floor lamps come in all types of designs, but most have a mid-century vibe. Wayfair's Norine Floor Lamp, though, would look great in just about any setting, from a completely modern space to a boho-inspired abode, thanks to its spindly legs and classic black finish. Those legs give it an especially airy feel, and the three-way switch ensures you'll always have the perfect mood lighting for every occasion.

Best Wood: LEPOWER Wood Tripod Floor Lamp

LEPOWER Wood Tripod Floor Lamp

Dimensions: ‎17.72 x 17.72 x 59.72 inches | Max Wattage: 60 | Switch: Foot | Power Source: Corded | Bulb Included: No | Warranty: No

What We Like
  • Made of durable rubberwood

  • Affordable

  • Textured linen shade

What We Don't Like
  • Foot switch means the base can't be in a hard to reach spot

Wood floor lamps can warm up a space even when they’re not turned on, and this budget-friendly option from Amazon checks all the boxes. It’s affordable, functional, and adds some visual texture thanks to the linen shade and tripod construction.

While it's modeled after classic mid-century modern designs, it could work with industrial or even rustic decor. Assembly is easy and the lamp comes with an extra-long cord, so it can be placed pretty much anywhere. Plus, it has a foot switch that lets you switch it on or off hands-free.

Best Farmhouse: Birch Lane Theodora Swing Arm Floor Lamp

Birch Lane Theodora Swing Arm Floor Lamp

Dimensions: 61 x 29 inches | Max Wattage: 150 | Switch: Rotary | Power Source: Corded | Bulb Included: No | Warranty: No

What We Like
  • Three-way rotary switch

  • Two shade color options

  • Adjustable

What We Don't Like
  • No warranty, but you can add on a five-year protection plan

Besides all the modern floor lamp options out there, there are some that would look right at home in a farmhouse chic setting. This swing arm floor lamp has an antique and slightly rustic look but is just as functional as any of our other picks. Its swing arm makes it perfect for placing in a reading nook or beside your bed, where you may want to easily adjust the angle of the lighting regularly. The burlap shade and antique pewter finish bring in the farmhouse vibes for a versatile lamp that makes a cozy style statement.

Best Industrial: Addlon Floor Lamp

Addlon Hanging Floor Lamp

Dimensions: 66 x 10 inches | Max Wattage: 60 | Switch: Foot | Power Source: Corded | Bulb Included: Yes | Warranty: Not listed

What We Like
  • Smart Home compatible

  • Affordable

  • Comes in several finishes

What We Don't Like
  • Foot switch means the base can't be in a hard to reach spot

This lamp stands out because it works with any decor, from industrial chic to mid-century modern. It’s affordable, and it comes with an LED Edison bulb that completes the whole industrial vibe. It’s also available in a number of finishes to complement any decor and has a glass shade that lets the bulb itself really shine. This is a great choice for creating a cozy reading nook or as a floor lamp to help illuminate your work from home space. At well under $100, it’s a great value and decidedly practical.

Best Torchiere: Adesso Fiona Torchiere Floor Lamp

Torchiere Floor Lamp

Dimensions: 71 x 10 inches | Max Wattage: 100 | Switch: Rotary | Power Source: Corded | Bulb Included: No | Warranty: No

What We Like
  • Three-way rotary switch

  • Taller than average

  • Stylish marble base

What We Don't Like
  • No warranty, but you can add on a five-year protection plan

If the last time you owned a torch lamp was in college, you’re in for a treat. Torchieres (French for “torch”) have had sort of a revival lately, with lots of options available that look much more sophisticated than your dorm room lighting probably ever did. Our favorite is this brass version from Adesso, which has a marble base, slim silhouette, and a frosted globe shade that makes it feel both elegant and timeless. This one’s a great choice for corners thanks to its slim profile and minimal design.

What to Look For in a Floor Lamp

Switch Types

Most floor lamps have rotary switches, which is a just a knob you turn off, and some even offer three adjustable light levels. This is really helpful if you’re placing your floor lamp next to your desk, reading nook, or any other area where you might want to adjust light levels throughout the day. That said, foot switches (the kind that has a button you step on to turn the lamp on or off) can be a convenient option for living rooms and other spaces where hands-free convenience is key. Just be sure the base is in an easy-to-reach place, and not behind a chair or sofa.

Shade Types

Choosing the right type of lampshade mostly depends on whether you’d like warm, diffused light in your space or a brighter glow that maximizes wattage. If your new floor lamp is going to be purely practical, choose one that has a glass or plastic shade. Drum shades, particularly of the linen or burlap variety, can add a level of ambiance but won't provide bright light to a large space.

Bulb Types

Most floor lamps are compatible with LED bulbs, but always be sure to check. LEDs use up to 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and can last 25 times longer, so there's no reason not to opt for floor lamps that are compatible with them. If you're someone who can't live without Smart Home devices, there are plenty of Alexa and Google Assistant-compatible lamps out there. They just might be a tad more expensive.

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