Stylish and modern
Long power cord
Several scuffs on base
Tricky lampshade construction
Lampshade attracts hair
If you’re on the hunt for a new floor lamp, the stylish good looks of the Stone & Beam Deco Metal Frame Living Room Standing Floor Lamp may very well catch your eye. This affordably priced floor lamp has a contemporary design that will add a bit of flair to any room, but we wanted to see if it was a quality-made item, too. We set up the floor lamp in the living room and put it to the test over the course of several weeks, assessing its pros and cons to help you decide if it’s worth your dollar. Read on for all the details.
Setup: Easy, except for the shade
The Stone & Beam Deco Floor Lamp comes in a pretty big box to accommodate its sizable base, but right away, we noticed that the package was suspiciously thin. It definitely wasn’t deep enough to be holding a lampshade. However, this isn’t the first lamp we’ve unboxed recently, so we had a suspicion the slim packaging was feasible thanks to a new trend of DIY lampshades—basically, you have to assemble the shade yourself.
Our intuition proved correct, as inside the box we found the two metal base pieces, as well as two metal hoops and a piece of rolled-up fabric to make up the lampshade. The company also provides a small 9-watt LED light bulb.
While this lamp requires more effort than most to put together, it’s still pretty simple. We just had to insert a few screws to hold the two base pieces together. There’s a small tool in the box that we used to accomplish this, saving us the hassle of finding the proper size screwdriver. While we were doing this, we noticed a few scuff/scratch marks on the base of the lamp, but they aren’t noticeable unless you’re up close to it.
It’s sturdy, yet lighter than lamps that have a heavy circular base.
However, this was the easy part of the task—assembling the lampshade proved harder. There’s an adhesive fastener strip around the edges of the metal hoops and corresponding pieces along the edges of the fabric. We had to carefully line up these strips so they stuck together, and it was actually pretty tricky to do alone, as the hoops have to be held up as you carefully roll the fabric into place. If you have someone to help you with the job, it’s much easier. When you get the fabric rolled into place, it fastens shut with another strip of adhesive material.
After that, it’s just a matter of putting the harp (the metal piece that surrounds the bulb), lampshade, and metal top piece in place. The whole process took about 10 minutes to complete.
Design: Sleek and modern, but an imperfect lampshade
The overall style of the Stone & Beam Deco Floor Lamp is exactly what we wanted for the living room—the wrought iron-inspired metal legs match the “farmhouse industrial” aesthetic of our other furniture. The lamp would also fit into a modern, transitional, or contemporary space thanks to its sleek lines.
The lamp is 59.5 inches tall with four legs that make up its tripod-inspired base, and because of this design, it’s sturdy, yet lighter than lamps that have a heavy circular base. At the bottom, the base is 18 inches wide, so it doesn’t take up too much floor space. What’s really nice is that the power cable is threaded up through one of the legs, so it’s barely visible. The cord itself is an impressive 100 inches long, and there’s a standard rotating knob under the bulb to turn it on and off.
In addition to being tough to assemble, the shade’s seam creates an awkward divot that’s immediately noticeable.
While the base gets top marks in our book, the white lampshade, which is 10 inches tall and 18 inches across, leaves something to be desired, unfortunately. In addition to being tough to assemble, the shade’s adhesive seam creates an awkward divot that’s immediately noticeable. We ended up putting the seam against the wall so you can’t see it, but this is really only hiding the problem.
Additionally, if you have pets you’ll need to beware of hair that inevitably ends up flying through the air. Within a week, we noticed that stray cat and dog hairs were getting caught on the sticky adhesive along the edges of the shade, and when the lamp is on, the light reflects off them in such a way that they’re perfectly illuminated. As much as we love our pets, we don’t love having their hair on full display like that, so we found ourselves picking stray hairs off the shade every time we turned on the light.
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Brightness: Warm and soft
We tested the Stone & Beam Deco Floor Lamp with the included 9-watt LED bulb, which has a standard E26 base size and gives off 750 lumens—roughly the equivalent of a 60-watt incandescent bulb.
We found the light given off by the bulb and lamp to be very warm and gentle. It was enough to illuminate part of the 170-square-foot room at night or provide backlight for watching TV, but we weren’t able to read without supplementary light. In general, experts recommend around 20 lumens per square foot as a primary lighting source, so unless you’re putting this lamp in a very small room (37.5 square feet or less), it’s best suited for ambiance purposes.
The light given off by the bulb and lamp is very warm and gentle.
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Floor lamps can cost anywhere from $50 to several hundred dollars, so this lamp’s price tag of around $120 feels about average. The base is certainly well made and sturdy, but we do take issue with the low-quality design of the lampshade. You could always purchase a different lampshade to swap in, but for more than $100, we’d expect the included shade to be a bit more functional and aesthetically pleasing.
Competition: Plenty of lamps of different styles and spaces
Brightech Carter Floor Lamp: If you’re looking for a more classic floor lamp that would match just about any style, this Brightech model is extremely affordable at around $90. We tested this model as well and found it functional in addition to being aesthetically appealing. It has a wooden pole with a maple finish, and it’s taller than most lamps, making it ideal for rooms with high ceilings.
Greyleigh Fishel Utility 59-Inch Task/Reading Floor Lamp: Both the Stone & Beam and Brightech lamps are more for ambiance, but we also tested this Greyleigh lamp, which is perfect task lighting for reading or working. It has a metallic finish, and you can adjust the height to suit the surface you’re working on.
Check out our guide to the best floor lamps you can buy today.
Needs a different shade.
Overall, we like the look of the Stone & Beam Deco Metal Frame Living Room Standing Floor Lamp, and it seems well made. However, because of the issues with the lampshade—the weird seam and pet hair sticking to the edges—we’d probably swap out the shade for a different one before continuing to use it.
- Product Name Deco Metal Frame Living Room Standing Floor Lamp
- Product Brand Stone & Beam
- MPN ALT0316086
- Price $120.38
- Weight 8.6 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 59.5 x 18 x 18 in.
- Color Black
- Warranty 3-year limited