The best floor lamps

The best floor lamps will add a finishing touch to your lounge, creating a cozy atmosphere by strategically illuminating the room from the sides rather than from above.

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We've picked 10 of the best floor lamps, from striking contemporary designs to more traditional shapes, and from the super playful giant Anglepoise to more understated corner lamps. In our edit of the best floor lamps, there's bound to be one to suit your living room scheme!

The best floor lamps

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1. Anglepoise Original 1227 Giant Floor Lamp

The most fun and playful floor lamp

Specifications
Size:: Base: 45cm, Shade: 44cm, Max reach from base to shade: 270cm
Material:: Base: Cast Aluminium base with additional cast iron base weights. Arm: Aluminium. Shade: Chrome finished shade cap and fasteners
Recommended light bulb:: Bulb type: E27 LED G120 included (13 watts)
Reasons to buy
+Iconic design+On sale+Available in 5 colours+Constant spring technology provides effortless movement+Light can be angled in any direction
Reasons to avoid
-Very expensive

A gargantuan version of the quintessential desk lamp, this Giant Floor Lamp gives the iconic Original 1227 a grand makeover. Using the same constant spring technology and instantly recognisable silhouette, this giant version of George Cawardine's famous Anglepoise lamp is based on the original 1934 design.

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2. AJ Floor Lamp by Louis Poulsen

The best minimalist, contemporary floor lamp

Specifications
Size:: Height 130cm, Base depth 27.5cm, Shade length 32.5cm
Material:: Material: Spun steel shade, die cast zinc base, steel stem
Recommended bulb:: Lurra Bulb 3W E27 LED
Reasons to buy
+Iconic design+Timeless+The angle of the shade can be adjusted to optimise light distribution.+The shade is painted white on the inside to ensure a soft comfortable light.
Reasons to avoid
-A little bit pricey

Designed by Arne Jacobsen for Louis Poulsen in 1960, the AJ lamp is still as chic now as it was then.

Originally designed for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, the AJ floor lamp works well with antique and modern furniture due to its simple design.

With a distinct shape and wide array of colour options, the AJ floor lamp is ideal for contemporary interiors.

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3. Bobby black metal floor lamp

Best value floor lamp

Specifications
Size:: W22 x H160 x D22cm
Material:: Powder coated metal.
Recommended light bulb:: E14 8W golf ball
Reasons to buy
+Amazing value+Will suit any interior+Adjustable
Reasons to avoid
-Nothing!

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A Habitat classic, the Bobby floor lamp in black powder coated metal has a modern, minimalist frame which features a double jointed stem and adjustable head to allow light to be directed where required.

The lamp can be used to light up a dark corner in the room or as a reading light by the sofa, and it will suit just about any interior – whether Scandi-inspired, industrial, rustic, modern, and even country style interiors.

It's an absolute steal for just £65.

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4. Parliament Floor Lamp

Best versatile floor lamp

Specifications
Size:: 26cm (d) x 170 - 180cm (h)
Material:: Aluminium
Recommended bulb:: Requires: 2x max. 52W E27 bulbs (not included).
Reasons to buy
+Stunning design+Boasts two interchanging light diffusers – in other words, a large light source at one end, and a smaller at the other, giving you different lighting options. +Currently on sale
Reasons to avoid
-A bit pricey

Highlight your interior with Le Corbusier’s Parliament Floor Lamp, originally designed in 1963 for the Chandigarh Parliament and now manufactured by Nemo.

What we love most about this design – aside from the fab choice of colours of course – is the fact that it can light both up and down at the same time, and you can choose which way round you would like the lights to point. Point the large light source upwards for dramatic effect, point it to the floor to better illuminate a dark corner, or point it at your desk.

Plus, both lights are dimmable. It's a stunning and very clever design.

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5. Opal Arc Floor Lamp Black

Best floor lamp for large spaces

Specifications
Size:: 308cm (w) x 255cm (h) x 50cm (d)
Material:: Crafted from blow-moulded opalescent polycarbonate
Bulb type:: Requires: 1 x Max 60W bulb (included).
Reasons to buy
+A dramatic and seriously stylish option for large, cavernous spaces+Ideal for warehouse or conversion type properties+Currently on sale
Reasons to avoid
-Very large – it requires a lot of space

The perfect contemporary statement for your home, the striking Opal Arc Floor Lamp by designer Tom Dixon features a conical base with a large arm that seemingly balances, playing with the idea of weight and size. 

Crafted from semi-translucent, blow-moulded opalescent polycarbonate, steel and carbon fibre, the floor lamp’s robust construction is hard-wearing for stress-free everyday use.

The striking design even makes an impact when it's switched off in the day time, but is particularly stunning when illuminated in the evenings. It emits it emits a soft and diffused glow from its innovative LED disc light.

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6. Circo Arc Brass & Natural Linen Floor Lamp

Best floor lamp for classic homes

Specifications
Size:: H155 x W86
Material:: Brass and natural linen
Bulb type:: E27
Reasons to buy
+Classic, refined and graceful+Great value
Reasons to avoid
-Nothing!

This arc floor lamp has a refreshingly classic, refined and graceful look, owed in part to its linen shade and traditional shade shape, and in part to the warm, atmospheric light it casts. Buy it here.

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7. Milton Floor Lamp

Best floor lamp for a pop of glamour

Specifications
Size:: Height 150cm, width 28cm,
Material:: Shade: Metal, Stem: Brass
Bulb type:: Clear LED Filament E14 Bulb 1W
Reasons to buy
+The weighted base makes it extra sturdy+Has an adjustable arm, raising or lowering the floor lamp's head+Compact+Currently on sale
Reasons to avoid
-Nothing!

This exclusive design for Heal's is compact to fit in most living rooms, and has an adjustable arm, allowing the user to direct the light perfectly over a sofa, or armchair when reading, or left to illuminate a room when at full height.

We love the matte finish of the floor lamp's shade – which beautifully contrasts with the brass stem.

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8. Retro Aged Nickel Floor Lamp

Best floor lamp for cosy corners

Specifications
Size:: Height 1535mm x Width 330mm x Depth 258mm
Material:: Metal
Bulb type:: Comes complete with a 4w LED Filament Bulb [2700K Warm White]
Reasons to buy
+Affordable design+Adjustable stem+Has a simple, rustic look that would suit rustic, vintage, industrial and country schemes.
Reasons to avoid
-On the small size

This vintage-style, rustic-inspired design is ideal for illuminating small corners, whether in the snug, conservatory or other. It would suit both rustic, country style interiors as modern, industrial inspired interiors. The light is quite bright – useful for reading, or task lighting for craft projects, but not ideal for creating a relaxed glow.

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9. Corner Floor Lamp

Best floor lamp for tiny spaces

Specifications
Size:: 140cm, Leg length: 40cm
Material:: Aluminum and Acrylic
Bulb type:: LED
Reasons to buy
+Perfect for tiny spaces as it perfectly hugs a corner, without encroaching into the floor space+Cool, minimalist design+Dimmable with a remote control+Affordable
Reasons to avoid
-Not a great source of light – useful only as mood lighting, but will not illuminate a room.

This super compact and minimalist design is perfect for squeezing into small, city apartments or student accommodation as it perfectly hugs a corner, without encroaching into the floor space.

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10. Adjustable Standing Lamp

Best floor lamp for traditional rooms

Specifications
Size:: Height is adjustable: 98.5-145cm, Lamp width 27cm
Material:: Marble and brass
Bulb type:: This lamp will fit the standard B22 bayonet lightbulb
Reasons to buy
+A classic design that's perfect for more traditional homes.+Adjustable base means you can pull lamp head closer towards you when reading, knitting etc.+Can mix and match with different shades to create different looks
Reasons to avoid
-Will look out of place in modern interiors

This floor lamp is the ultimate shape shifter. You might well find yourself fiddling about with this lovely floor lamp more than is strictly necessary, as you play with the angles to find your favourite shape du jour! It's a really elegant way to combine the beauty of a marble and brass floor lamp with the functionality of a good reading lamp. Echoes of a grand age!


How to choose a floor lamp

Not sure what type of lamp you should go for? Follow these easy tips to make the choice easier.

Size 

Probably the most important consideration is the size of floor lamp you need. Huge, statement pieces like arc floor lamps look their best in larger spaces and can look quite odd in a smaller lounge. If you have a small space, consider getting several smaller floor lamps and dot them around the corner of the room; they don’t need to all match. Mixing and matching floor lamps with table lamps will make your lounge look more relaxed, while just floor lamps will give the room a more formal look. 

Material

Most floor lamps are made from a combination of a metal base and a fabric shade. We recommend choosing a floor lamp that has a true fabric shade, whether it’s cotton or polyester. Avoid plastic shades as they can look cheap. To give your lounge a contemporary or industrial look, opt for an all-metal floor lamp.