Are you someone that loves reading for a while before going to sleep? Or are you someone that loves using a tablet or laptop to surf a bit in bed? A bedroom lamp is an important part of the decor and is needed to help you see at night. Even though electronic screens emit their own light, it can be too dim in the room and hurt your eyes. Likewise, your eyes can equally be hurt when the room is too bright. This might happen if you light up a bedroom with a tall lamp.
Tall lamps are actually not good for use in bedrooms since you have to really stretch to turn them off. You might even have to stand up. Getting blood flowing is the last thing you want to do right before sleep, and stretching while exhausted risks injury. Shorter lamps might seem like a good solution, but if they’re too low, your head’s shadow might block the pages, preventing you from reading like you love and rely on to clear your head before the next day.
In addition to the height of a good lamp, you need to consider the surface it is going to get placed on it. That helps you figure out the size of lamp you need. As a general rule of thumb, to keep things proportional and functional, your lamp would ideally take up roughly a third of the available table or shelf space that it’s going to call home.
In most bedrooms, the bed will obviously be the room’s biggest piece of individual furniture. That gives many a natural inclination to ‘balance’ the room visually additional objects that seem large in scale. Dressers are a common choice, but so are paintings and other things. Whatever you do, you’re going to need sufficient light to get to every inch of the room.
Each bedroom should have at least one lamp, even for kids. Floor lamps can do okay in a tight space. Swing-outs attached to the wall can give you light when space is tight below. As long as your switch height is 26 inches, you should be fine.
Having bedside lamps on each side of your bed is smart to do if your sleeping situation involves a spouse or romantic partner. A matching set helps balance the room and can even be a great relationship purchase you choose jointly. Some couples love getting a matching set of lamps as a couple, but then use their own individual shapes or shades to mismatch a little bit. It shows there is a relationship but also still individual style on each side of the room.