Working from home has become the new norm for many of us. As a result, we’re spending more time than ever before in home offices. Practical lighting in a study is essential—but it’s equally important to create the right ambiance. Thankfully, there are plenty of floor lamps that are the perfect combination of form and function, whether you’re searching for a powerful, directional reading lamp or a decorative floor lamp. From energy-efficient LED lamps to iconic design classics that have stood the test of time, this is our curated pick of the best floor lamps that will add a distinguishing touch to your work-from-home space.
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The best floor lamps for home offices
Designed by renowned industrial designer Antonio Citterio for Italian brand FLOS, this lamp packs 30 powerful LED lights into a fully adjustable directional head—making it ideal for positioning over a reading chair or home office desk. It’s got a sleek, minimal appearance that will fit into most interiors and is made entirely from recycled materials.
Originally designed in 1932, the Anglepoise lamp quickly became an icon thanks to its innovative spring mechanism that makes it the perfect reading lamp. The classic lamp was given an update in 2004 by Sir Kenneth Grange to include a scaled up floor lamp, and most recently was treated to a palette of fresh colours chosen by British fashion designer Margaret Howell—including rust and teal. Perfect for adding a pop of colour.
If your home office is on the small side, look for space saving solutions—such as this clever floor lamp with integrated shelves. It’s ideal for positioning beside a desk or reading chair, and looks great stacked with books. The rectilinear design makes it easy to fit into tight corners and against the wall.
If you’ve got some serious cash to drop on a lamp and you want to bring a slice of architectural history into the home office, this handsome lamp by Japanese brand Yamagiwa is the one to go for. Originally designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for his 1911 residence in Wisconsin, the sculptural lamp features a series of cherry wood boxes and shelves, each containing a light.
Add a fun touch to the home office with this characterful floor lamp designed by Cecile Manz for Fritz Hansen. The oversize shade sits atop a slender stem, creating a playful contrast. The shade is mounted on a flexible tube that can be tilted up to 40 degrees to provide directional light, making it suitable for working.
This lamp is the perfect way to do minimalism with a soft touch. The clean lines of the tripod base and the angled shade seamlessly fit into most home offices, while the rounded edges of the feet and the playful ball keep it from being too stark.
The antique brass fittings and elegant black stem of this lamp are a celebration of industrial design language. Its three rotating heads make this the perfect multi-tasking lamp, as you can shine a light on both your desk and a reading chair without having to constantly adjust the light source.
You don’t need to spend big to get functional lighting for the home office, as this simple lamp from John Lewis goes to prove. The minimalist, archetypal lamp doesn’t just look good—it also features an adjustable cone-shaped shade that can direct light.The Coordinates F floor lamp by Michael Anastassiades strips the floor lamp back to its essential elements—a simple round base and two lighting bars that can be set to the desired angle during assembly. The result is a spectacularly minimalist alternative to more conventional floor lamps. The on-trend champagne finish makes it a winner.
If you’re looking to create a cosy yet refined ambiance in your home office, go for this simple cylindrical lamp by Norm Architects for MENU. A Nordic take on traditional Japanese paper lanterns, it features a semi-translucent linen shade sitting atop a solid timber base. When it’s not in use, it becomes a minimal yet striking sculptural element.
How to choose the best floor lamp for a home office
If you’re looking for a floor lamp for a home office, the first thing to do is work out the purpose of the light and how much light you need. If it’s a task light for desk work or reading, you’ll want to go for an LED of at least 5-10 watts, while mood or accent lighting can work well at a lower brightness. Also keep in mind that the taller the lamp, the greater the area that it will light. If you use your home office for various purposes—say, it doubles as a spare room—you may also want to consider a dimmable lamp that can create different ambiance at different times. While a floor lamp might be all you need, chances are you’ll want to pair it with a desk lamp if you spend any length of time working in your office. In this case, think about what kinds of lamps will work together visually. Do you want to go for an eclectic mismatched look or a more coordinated style? Which brings us to the final point for consideration—the lamp as a decorative element. Whatever you choose, make sure it fits the interior scheme for the room.
What is the best floor lamp for a home office?
Like anything in the home, this largely depends on what you’re looking for. If it’s a directional reading light, you can’t go past the powerful Flos Kelvin floor lamp; if it’s a decorative element to provide ambient light, the Hashira floor lamp by Menu is a winner; and if price is the deciding factor, the House by John Lewis Brandon floor lamp is hard to beat.