The 9 best nightstand lamps to brighten up your bedside

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I’m on a mission to transform my little apartment with nightstand lamps. My aim is to create a dreamy ambiance and cozy sophistication without breaking the bank. If this sounds like you, too, have a little perusal of this list and see if anything strikes your fancy.

Having a nightstand lamp in your apartment is more than just a decorative addition; it's essential to getting the vibe right and genuinely putting you in a better, more relaxed mood. When it’s time to kick back at home after a long day, the last thing we want is the overhead light on.

A well-placed bedroom lamp provides just the right amount of illumination, allowing you to indulge in your favorite activities without straining your eyes or disrupting the overall mood. It's the perfect little companion for those late-night reading sessions and will make your apartment feel like a true sanctuary. Basically, this small purchase is about to make your life a whole lot better.

9 best nightstand lamps

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When decorating an apartment, finding budget-friendly gems is half the battle. The next step? Navigating through the vast landscape of interior design inspiration. There’s just too much good stuff out there (and a fair bit of trash to wade through — sorry not sorry). So, I’ve put in the legwork and factored in color, size, power, and positive reviews to come up with the best of the best. 

Balancing form and function so that practical decor can double up as art is a sure way to curate a home you truly love and won't go out of fashion!

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Frequently asked questions

Do nightstand lamps need to match?

Whether or not your nightstand lamps need to match is a much-debated question, so I asked the experts for some insight! Brad Smith, interior designer and CEO of Omni Home Ideas argues that "nightstand lamps don't necessarily need to match, but they should complement each other and the overall bedroom aesthetic."

A matching pair can "provide a sense of symmetry and order," he explains, whereas "using different lamps can introduce character and a dynamic feel to the space." If you choose two different styles, he adds that the best thing to do is pick options with "common elements."

"The more you break the traditions of design rules the more interesting the design will be," says Devin Shaffer, lead interior designer at Decorilla. "I compare this philosophy to the traditional approach of not mixing navy and black which are now bygone days and in fashion this rule-breaking has caused both men's and women's style to flourish."

How tall should a nightstand lamp be?

Executing the optimum height for your nightstand lamp will make such a difference to the look and feel of your room. "It largely hinges on your table and bed's specifics," says Artem Kropovinsky, founder of Arsight, an award-winning interior design studio based in New York. "Ideally, it should illuminate your late-night reads without casting shadows or obstructing views. If you're seeking a golden rule, consider this: a lamp height mirroring half your bedside table often strikes the right balance."

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How we chose

With expert insight under our belts, we trawled the internet for the nightstand lamps that met the important criteria. Paired with high ratings and positive feedback from customers, that's how we chose this list!

Meet our experts below:

Artem Kropovinsky expert headshot
Artem Kropovinsky

Artem Kropovinsky, founder of the NYC-based Arsight, boasts over a decade of global interior design expertise in both residential and commercial projects. From transforming Brooklyn brownstones to reshaping Manhattan retail spaces, Artem's designs prioritize authenticity and originality, seamlessly blending natural materials and handcrafted details for a unique aesthetic.

Brad Smith expert
Brad Smith

An experienced interior designer and CEO of Omni Home Ideas, Brad Smith has a profound passion for transforming spaces with innovative designs. Possessing a keen eye for detail and an ability to balance form and function, he creates interiors that are both aesthetically pleasing and practical.

Devin Shaffer Interior Design expert
Devin Shaffer

Devin is the Lead Sales Designer at Decorilla, a service that connects customers with vetted professional interior designers who create curated 3D and VR spaces based on customer style preferences and budget.

Now you have your nightstand lamp game down, there are plenty of cute bedroom ideas available to help you figure out the rest of your sleep space decor situation! 

Niamh is a freelance journalist and the Head of Content at Raft Furniture. She is obsessed with all things interior design, with a particular focus on sustainability and city-dweller style. The wooden floorboards and built-in bookcase in Niamh’s rented North London home occupy her daydreams between writing, and after work, she has a knack for finding cheap plane tickets.