When decorating any room of your house, you will have to add adequate lighting. Many times, this includes finding table lamps, and it can be hard to choose the correct lamp size. You may be asking yourself, how big should my lamp be? Below you will find a guide to choose the correct lamp size in each room of your home.
The height of the table lamp you pick is determined more by the room it sits in and the décor around the lamp. If you have a tall bedside table, then it goes without saying that a shorter lamp will do and vice versa. The general norm here is to pick a lamp where the bottom of the shade is at your eye level when you are seated or resting.
Sit on a chair or sofa beside the table and measure the distance from the table surface to your eye level. Purchase a fixture whose base to the bottom of the shade length measurement does not exceed the table-to-eye measurement. If the fixture is for a bedside table, the length still should be to sitting eye level from the bedside table surface.
Calculate the shade length as 65 to 80 percent of the base length. For example, if the base length is 16 inches, the shade should measure 10 to 14 inches long. This results in a fixture about 24 inches tall; another way to calculate this is that the shade is about one-third of the total height, and should cover the light bulbhardware on the top of the lamp base.
Choose a shade with a diameter no more than 2 inches less than the base length. For example, on the fixture with a 16-inch base, the diameter (or width) of the shade should not be more than 14 inches. Shades are listed as length from top to bottom, and width as the diameter, or widest part, of the shade.
If you have a tiny table and you need reading light for that table, these guidelines still apply; you may have a more difficult time finding a small-scale lamp tall enough, with a shade large enough to accommodate a bulb appropriate for reading. A floor fixture may be more appropriate.
Use a florist trick of estimating eye level. Place your elbow on a table, your arm perpendicular to the table surface, and your fingers extended. Measure from the table surface to the tip of your longest finger; use this measurement as a guide to eye level when impromptu shopping.
# Living Room
In the living room, you need table lamps to complete tasks such as reading, crafting, or watching television. Since you spend a lot of time in this area, you want to create a warm and inviting ambiance.
# Sofa Side Table Lamp Scale
Overall lamp and table measurements: 28.5″ x 1.5 = 42.75″. With a lamp height of 26.5″, this is a good pairing. Since the lamp’s 16″ diameter is smaller than 30″ (end table’s width), this is an ideal fit.
Lamp base height and lamp shade width: We have a 14.5″ lamp base length, so the shade diameter should be no smaller than 12.5″and no bigger than 16.5″. At 16″, this shade fits the base. Lamp base measurement and lamp shade measurement: Here, we come in just above 80% at 12″ (14.5 x 0.80 = 11.6).
# Sofa Side Table Correct Lamp Size
Ideal living room table lamp size: 24″ – 34″
Eye level measurement: The bottom of the shade should line up with eye level when sitting on the couch or chair.
Picking a lamp for a bedroom, especially a bedside lamp, is an important choice. This lamp provides simple light to read while the room’s overhead light is off, but needs to fall within a certain size range in order to both look good and provide light without shining directly into your eyes as you read.
Table lamps in the bedroom should be easily accessible when you are in a seated position on the bed.
# Bedside Table Lamp Scale
Overall lamp and table measurements: 27″ x 1.5 = 40.5″. At a 27″ fixture height, we are under the 40.5″ mark, so this is a good lamp and table combo.
Lamp base height and lamp shade width: We have a 17″ base length, so the 16″ shade fits in the 15″ – 19″ range.
Lamp base measurement and lamp shade measurement: With a 17″ base, our shade diameter should be between 11″ and 13.5″. This lamp is a little under 65% at 10″.
# Bedside Correct Lamp Size
Ideal bedroom table lamp size: 24″ – 27″
Chin level measurement: Your nightstand should be the close to the same height as the top of your mattress. The bottom of the lamp shade should line up with your chin level when you are seated in bed.
The height of the ideal bedside lamp for your room depends upon the nightstand or table upon which the lamp sits. If the nightstand is tall, such as 25 to 30 inches, the lamp should be in the 30-inch range in order to look proportional against a headboard or the room in general. If the nightstand is relatively short next to the bed, add an inch or two for the lamp to look proportional to the space, and to provide adequate reading light without you looking down at the light from in bed. A lamp taller than 36 inches will likely be too tall next to the bed, with the bulb visible while lying down.
If they are too short or too tall, side and floor lamps can detract from the function, mood and harmony of the seating arrangement. Know the right lamp dimensions before you go shopping; it will save you time and money.
One of the most important places in the home that needs adequate lighting is the office. Since you will be spending a lot of time reading, writing, on the computer, and completing other tasks, it’s important to get the correct lamp size to be efficient.
# Office Desk Lamp Scale
Overall lamp and table measurements: 31.25″ x 1.5 = 46.88″. At 30″ and 12.5″, both lamps are a good height. Since the lamps’ diameters are smaller than the desk’s width, they are the correct size.
Lamp base height and lamp shade width: We have a 18″ lamp base length, so the shade’s diameter is correct at 16″ (16″ – 20″ range).
Lamp base measurement and lamp shade measurement: 18 x 0.90 =16.2. At 16″ (a little under 90% of the base height) this shade works.
# Office Correct Lamp Size
Ideal office desk lamp size: Bring in taller lamps for a larger illuminated area. As you can see with the dotted lines, the 18″ . For a larger desk, you will either need larger lamps or more lamps.
Layering lighting: Add a dedicated task light to help bring specific desk areas into focus. Adding an ambient light makes an office more cozy.
For a table lamp used for reading, the bottom of the lampshade should be at eye level to someone seated on the sofa. Side tables typically are 25 to 30 inches tall, and the seat of a sofa usually is about 19 inches from the floor –so consider these measurements when choosing your lamp. Measured from the floor, the top of the lamp should be within 58 to 64 inches. You can adjust the height of a short lamp by creating a base of stacked books or a decorative box.
The top of a floor lamp used with a sofa should be between 58 and 64 inches tall, with the bottom of the shade being at or above the eye level of a seated person. If you use a combination of floor and table lamps, the top edges of all the fixtures should be within a few inches of one another.
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