The Best Floor Lamps (and Some Cheaper Look-alikes), According to Designers

by Mimi Faucett, The Strategist

Not too long ago, the Strategist editors got an email from a loyal reader. Subject line: “lamps lamps lamps.” Request: “I need all types of lamp advice: bedside-table lamps, end-table lamps, floor lamps. Just more lamps. The days are getting shorter. We need more light.”

So here we are, approaching the first days of fall, with floor lamps. Usually cast in corners or shoved between sectionals and chairs, a floor lamp is one of those easily overlooked pieces that shouldn’t be — it’s practically a stand-alone piece of furniture, and choosing the right one can change a room’s décor scheme. Do you go decorative or trendy? Or should you focus on task and function? We polled some interior designers to see which floor lamps they keep coming back to again and again, and then found some handsome look-alikes (with smaller price tags).

Shaded floor lamps

Adesso Benson Tripod Floor Lamp

Adesso Benson Tripod Floor Lamp $209(was $299, now 30% off)

Nashville’s Jonathan Savage favors this Tripod lamp from Phoenix Day because it’s structurally sound but still slender. “It offers long, linear metal legs that intersects to add interest and makes any space feel taller,” he says. The Phoenix Day lamps are available via vendors for price upon request, but this one from Macy’s has the same effect $170 at Macy’s

Roman Tripod Floor Lamp

SRoman Tripod Floor Lamp

You could also just get this one for $75 at Houzz

Sonneman Lighting Big Floor Cone Floor Lamp

SSonneman Lighting Big Floor Cone Floor Lamp

Gin Braverman likes this sculptural light for all-over illumination. “Its height eliminates the need for additional overhead lighting in a smaller space,” she says. It comes in three finishes, and she recommends the white. From $1,150 at YLighting

Workstead Shaded Floor Lamp
Photo: ©Matthew Williams

Workstead Shaded Floor Lamp

“I use this lamp constantly for its versatility and function,” says Bay Area designer Lauren Geremia of Workstead’s shaded lamp. “Its height and direction are completely adjustable without compromising its classic appearance. It’s well-made and works well with any chair or sofa.” $1,150 at YLighting

Cupcakes and Cashmere Stacked Ball Floor Lamp

SCupcakes and Cashmere Stacked Ball Floor Lamp

Another similar straight-up shaded lamp is this one, made in a collaboration with the Cupcakes & Cashmere blog $190 at Bed Bath & Beyond

Akio Adjustable Floor Lamp

Akio Adjustable Floor Lamp$189 (was $249, now 24% off)

This one is nice because it’s just a lamppost and a shade, but — plot twist — it’s adjustable. The shade can scoot almost down to the bottom of the lamp. And it’s on sale $189 at Urban Outfitters

Floor lamps with a table

Tripod Floor Lamp by Consort

STripod Floor Lamp by Consort

Mat Sanders of Consort often tells clients to go for a lamp that does double duty, especially if you’re short on square footage. “Tray tables were a big mid-century fad, and I will never understand why they fell out of fashion,” Sanders says. “Having your floor lamp serve as a side table is a great small-space solution.”$1,625 at Consort

Victor Tripod Floor Lamp

SVictor Tripod Floor Lamp

At a much different price point: Here’s another three-legged floor lamp with a table and mid-century looks $179 at Urban Outfitters

Koppel Arched Floor Lamp by Wade Logan

SKoppel Arched Floor Lamp by Wade Logan

And another with a zigzag stance $230 at All Modern

Sherborne Floor Lamp with Table

SaveSherborne Floor Lamp with Table

Chicago’s Summer Thornton agrees with Sanders about floor lamps with tray tables. “This lamp is the Swiss Army knife of lamps,” she says. “It is a classic beauty that serves major function. It is perfect when you don’t have space for a side table and a lamp — it’s all in one.”Request price at Vaughn

Simple Designs Floor Lamp Étagère Organizer

SaveSimple Designs Floor Lamp Étagère Organizer

For even more functionality, consider this part étagère, part illuminator. An off-white linen shade will cast a soft glow over your shelves From $37 at Walmart

Arched floor lamps

Arco Floor Lamp by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos

SArco Floor Lamp by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos

Perfect for positioning behind the sofa, so that the light bulb arcs right over and hangs out just above your book. Flos is one of the most prestigious lighting-design studios in the game $2,995 at Design Within Reach

Overarching Metal Shade Floor Lamp

SOverarching Metal Shade Floor Lamp

West Elm has a handsome version in brass or pewter, for much less $329 at West Elm

Arquer Arc Floor Lamp

SArquer Arc Floor Lamp

So does Target, for even less less $66 at Target

Pharmacy-style floor lamps

Visual Comfort Lighting Kelly Wearstler Dulcet Floor Lamp

SVisual Comfort Lighting Kelly Wearstler Dulcet Floor Lamp

Sanders’s other go-to is modern spin on the classic pharmacy lamp. “It’s a little bit ’70s, a little bit industrial,” he says. “This floor lamp is good for creating moody, low lighting as its dome shape casts light toward the floor.”$1,179 at Houzz

Ralph Lauren Home Anette Floor Lamp

SRalph Lauren Home Anette Floor Lamp

Of the pharmacy lamp, designer Alex Reid points out that “it is a bit traditional without being over-the-top traditional.” He suggests Ralph Lauren Home’s Americana version of the age-old staple. The exact same silhouette was endorsed by New Orleans design duo Logan Killen. “We’ve used these lamps on multiple projects,” they said. “They are incredibly versatile, understated, and are the perfect solution for added reading light when placed around the back of a sofa.”$819 at One Kings Lane

Pharmacy Floor Lamp

SPharmacy Floor Lamp

“It can be placed in either a traditional or modern setting and adds that extra touch of sophistication,” designer and home stager Meridith Baer adds of her go-to from Circa Lighting. Seen here in a brass finish is a similar design from Target. “The flexibility of the flat base allows you to tuck it under a piece of furniture, which is really convenient when working with tight spaces.”$127 at Target

Lambert et Fils Grue Floor Lamp

SLambert et Fils Grue Floor Lamp

Katie Logan Leblanc and Jensen Killen of Logan Killen also sang the praises of Lambert & Fils’s splurge-worthy Grue floor lamp, for its ability to quickly update a space.$1,360 at Sunday Shop

Penelope Floor Lamp

SPenelope Floor Lamp

It doesn’t have the tripod legs or the lean, but this slender brass lamp is a more affordable stand-in for the Lambert & Fils.$360 at One Kings Lane

Milton Floor Lamp

SMilton Floor Lamp

So is this one with a pharmacy-style shade.$348 at Serena & Lily

Minimalist floor lamps

Roll & Hill Counterweight Floor Lamp

SRoll & Hill Counterweight Floor Lamp

Designer Katharine Pooley is a fan of Roll & Hill’s Counterweight floor lamp for its chic mix of brass, timber, and marble, she said. “It is understated and purist in its simplicity and cuts a very clean minimalist line.”From $2,950 at Saks Fifth Avenue

Linear Wood LED Floor Lamp

SLinear Wood LED Floor Lamp

For a similar minimalist look, try this one from West Elm, which comes equipped with a long-lasting LED light.$249 at West Elm

Rich Brilliant Willing LED Floor Lamp

SRich Brilliant Willing LED Floor Lamp

Rich Brilliant Willing also makes an LED panel lamp in this style.$295 at Design Within Reach

And some highly decorative floor lamps

Leaf Floor Lamp

SLeaf Floor Lamp

New York designer Bennett Leifer suggests a more prominent role for a floor lamp. “I love this one,” he says of this indulgently decorative ostrich-feather number from 1stdibs. He touts it as a conversation piece, adding: “It’s a price-competitive alternative to a sculpture, while serving the function of providing light.” For a much more understated take on a sculptural lamp —in both price and prominence — take a look at this botanical lamp in a glam gold finish.$199 at Urban Outfitters

Kelly Wearstler Precision Floor Lamp

SKelly Wearstler Precision Floor Lamp

Designer Caleb Anderson from New York’s Drake/Anderson prefers the soft, moody glow of Kelly Wearstler’s Precision floor lamp. “It works well in a dimly lit corner and adds a restrained sculptural element to the space,” he says. “This lamp balances simplicity with an eye-catching quality.”$1,999 at YLighting

Isamu Noguchi Floor Lamp Model UF3-Q

SIsamu Noguchi Floor Lamp Model UF3-Q

Geremia keeps this “classic but never tired” paper lamp in her own bedroom. “The quality of light through iconic Noguchi lamps is so soft on the eyes,” she says.$525 at The Noguchi Museum

Toombs Column Floor Lamp See More by Wrought Studio

SToombs Column Floor Lamp See More by Wrought Studio

Or, try a more budget-friendly riff on Noguchi’s masterpiece.$70 at Wayfair

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