The 10 best bedside lamps

We've found the best bedside lamps out there, from industrial inspired designs and Nordic-style lamps to charmingly colourful takes on the traditional ceramic table lamp

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The best bedside lamps will fill your bedroom with soft, diffused light – just bright enough to read by, but dimmed enough to help you wind down for bed. There are innumerable lamp designs out there to satisfy every possible taste in bedroom decor. From traditional, classic ceramic designs – perfect for pairing with pleated shades or Matilda Goad's woven ones – to industrial and Nordic-style lamps crafted in metal, we are confident you’ll find something you like in our roundup of bedside lamps. 

The best bedside lamps

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1. AJ Table Lamp by Louis Poulsen

Best for a modern, super chic and design-led look

Size:: Height 56cm, base depth 21.5cm, shade length 35cm
Materials:: Spun steel shade, die cast zinc base, steel stem
Recommended light bulb:: E27 LED
Reasons to buy
+Iconic design by Arne Jacobsen+Won't date+The shade is painted white on the inside to ensure a soft comfortable light.+The angle of the shade is adjustable.+Comes in 9 colours+Currently on sale
Reasons to avoid
-Still a bit pricey, despite the generous discount

This iconic table lamp was designed by legendary designer Arne Jacobsen for Louis Poulsen, and will instantly punctuate a bedroom with its slim, black frame and sleek curved shade. 

It's extremely compact, featuring a petite base and a slim shade too, making it ideal for small bedside tables.

Black not your colour? It also comes in 8 other hues. 

With its distinct shape and wide array of colour options, the AJ table lamp is an ideal bedside light.

See Also: Beautiful Bedroom Lighting Ideas

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2. Ribbon bedside lamp

Best bedside lamp for contemporary bedrooms

Size:: W24 x H37 x D20cm
Materials:: Metal
Light bulb:: E14 6W LED.
Reasons to buy
+Fantastic value for money+Unique shape+Soft light
Reasons to avoid

The Ribbon black mini metal table lamp is the latest version of the sculptural, award-winning design by Claire Norcross exclusively for Habitat.

We love the seamless ribbon shape, which makes this lamp stunning whether on or off.

It gives a lovely, soft and warm light which is still bright enough to be used as a reading light, and it's an absolute steal at just £45 – it's no wonder this product has received rave reviews online.

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3. Milton Desk Lamp

Best versatile bedside lamp – will suit most interior schemes

Size:: H45cm x W18cm
Materials:: Base: Metal. Flex material: Fabric
Recommended light bulb:: E14, 40W
Reasons to buy
+Timeless and versatile design+On-trend brass+High-quality materials, durable and sturdy powder coated steel+Gives atmospheric warm glow+Adjustable head allowing the user to direct the light to support reading
Reasons to avoid

The Milton Task Table Lamp has a very versatile look which would suit most interior schemes, and a compact base that's ideal for bedside tables.

The lamp is fully adjustable, meaning you can angle it to give better reading light at night, and the handy toggle switch on the lamp base makes it an easy bedside lamp for reaching over and switching on in the night – no more fumbling around for the switch!

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4. Pearisburg 58cm Desk Lamp

Best industrial style bedside lamp

Size:: Height 58 cm
Materials:: Metal
Recommended light bulb:: E26
Reasons to buy
+Great value+On trend black and brass design+Perfect for more industrial inspired spaces
Reasons to avoid
-Relatively bright light, not suitable for mood lighting

We love this lamp's matte black and brass colour way, and the warm light it emits making it ideal for creating atmospheric evening lighting.

It has a five star rating online, with customer feedback including that it comes very well packaged, has a quick delivery time, has a nice weight and looks more expensive than what it's priced at.

All in all great value for money.

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5. John Lewis & Partners Leaf black Table Lamp

Best statement piece

Size:: H58 x W50.9 x D28cm
Materials:: Steel
Recommended light bulb:: 3-6W SES LED
Reasons to buy
+Striking design for the price+Has a compact base making it ideal for bedside tables+The lamp arm can be turned and the cone shade angled, to give better reading light at night
Reasons to avoid

This leaf inspired bedside table lamp offers designer looks for just £100.

Available in both black or white options, the lamp emits a soft and atmospheric glow, but can also be angled to give better reading light at night.

The compact base makes it an ideal option for a bedside table.

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6. Artichoke bedside lamp

Best for traditional country style homes

Size:: H28cm, width 17cm
Materials:: Porcelain with a crackle glaze. Flex: Olive green braided three core silk flex
Recommended light bulb:: This lamp will fit the standard E27 screw-in lightbulb
Reasons to buy
+Beautiful ceramic design+Available in 4 colours+You can change easily the look by switching up the shade.+Emits an atmospheric glow
Reasons to avoid
-Perhaps not bright enough for late night reading.

This gorgeous ceramic table lamp was inspired by the shape of an artichoke, and features an olive coloured crackle glaze. It arrives very well packaged, and has received rave reviews online.

This small size is perfect for a bedside table, and it emits a lovely atmospheric glow.

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7. Grey Emelin Table Lamp

Best for petite bedside tables

Size:: H 42cm x W 31cm x D 20cm
Materials:: MDF, Iron, Brass
Recommended light bulb:: E14, max 40W
Reasons to buy
+Its slimline shape makes it ideal for narrow bedside tables, or even on a floating bedside shelf.+Classic look+Beautiful paintwork
Reasons to avoid
-Won't suit super contemporary rooms

The slender and refined shape of this bedside table lamp has a classic and lasting sophistication. The lamp is finished in soft, dove grey with fine, gold edging, and looks super stylish placed either side of your bed.

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8. Belvoir Table Lamp

Best bedside table lamp for a soft and calming scheme

Size:: Height 69cm x Width 40cm
Materials:: Base - Porcelain, crystal, Shade - polyester
Recommended light bulb:: B22 Max 60W
Reasons to buy
+Sculptural curves+Porcelain with stunning crackle glaze+Can easily update it simply by replacing the lampshade
Reasons to avoid
-Quite large for a bedside table, so will need plenty of room

This sculptural curved porcelain table lamp is a bit of a breath of fresh air from the endless modern options out there – and we have a feeling this one is less likely to date than others, as it's not trying to be the latest thing.

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9. Woven Ceramic Table Lamp In Blush Pink

Best bedside table lamp for colourful and eclectic homes

Size:: Height: 41cm, Width: 13 x 13cm
Materials:: Ceramic
Recommended light bulb:: will take a standard B22 bayonet lightbulb
Reasons to buy
+Handmade+Unique+Colourful+Can be accessorised with different lampshades
Reasons to avoid
-A bit pricey

The reason this ceramic bedside lamp costs what it does is because it was handmade, and individually hand woven. The effect is beautiful, and we love the blush pink colour too. Worth absolutely every penny.

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10. Lolita Bedside Lamp

Best bedside lamp for Scandi or rustic schemes

Size:: Height: 33cm, Width 13cm
Materials:: Ceramic, with olive green single core flex
Recommended light bulb:: This lamp will fit the standard B22 bayonet lightbulb
Reasons to buy
+Petite+Understated and simple, will suit any scheme+Can be jazzed up with a brightly coloured shade as shown here
Reasons to avoid

This elegant, classic and dainty bedside light will fit small bedside tables, and suit most schemes with its understated design. It has a stone glaze which gives is a nice vintage-like feel and finish. It's a great quality product for the £95 price tag.

When it tires or you want a bolder design, just update it with a bold lampshade, as shown above.

How to choose the best bedside lamp

While the choice of the best bedside lamp ishould ultimately be dictated by individual preference, there a few general tips that are worth following when choosing your lamp.

Style and shape

Generally speaking, lamps with opaque, rounded bases with soft, ‘empire’ pleated shades are best suited to traditional bedroom styles with plenty of rugs and soft furnishings. Edgier, more angular designs in metal, concrete, or glass tend to be better suited to contemporary bedroom interiors. 

Table lamp or bedside lamp?

Most lamps suitable for bedrooms tend to be called table lamps. That doesn’t mean that they’re only suitable for tables and desks, and there’s no reason you can’t use them as bedside lamps. Traditional bedside lamps tend to come in pairs, but most lamps are sold singly anyway, so you’ll just need two of them if you want a symmetrical look.  

Lotte Brouwer
Lotte Brouwer

Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.