Picking the perfect bedside lamp

Bedside lamps come in all shapes and sizes, but to really make the most of yours, you should follow a certain criteria to create the best aesthetic effect. When everything is right, then your bedside table is the ultimate sidekick on cosy nights spent in bed reading, or those lazy mornings when you can wake up slowly.

Know your stuff

To achieve perfection, you have to start with the nitty gritty – this means getting the tape measure out and doing a bit of research, but it will be worth it, we promise!

Firstly you need to consider who the bedroom is for, if you share this space then you will want a light bright enough to illuminate your space, but faint enough to avoid getting some angry looks from the other side of the bed.


Secondly, make sure that the switch for your light is within reaching distance, you don’t want to be getting up to fumble around just as you’re nodding off.

Lastly, don’t purchase a lamp that isn’t compatible with your bedside table, otherwise it might spend more time on your bedroom floor.

All these problems can be addressed just by looking at the length of the lamp, the height of the bed and the lampshade in question.

Depending on the height of your bed, the switch of your lamp should be around 20-30 inches high, just so you can reach out and grab it. This means that ideally, if it is sat on a table, the surface should be at mattress level, although a shorter table and longer lamp and vice versa can achieve the same effect.

Top tip: if you haven’t purchased a lamp or table yet, start with the height of your mattress top and buy accordingly. Allow the top of the lamp to be just below your chin when sat up in bed – to avoid any blinding lights.

Have a vision

Once you’re aware of these tips, you can begin to look at what design will suit your bedroom interior the best.

Although the advice given seems pretty exact, don’t be afraid to use your own initiative and experiment. If you have a big statement four-poster bed, then you’re going to want to find a bold lamp to match the look. For a low down and relaxed bed, a smaller lamp is going to suit your needs better.

It may seem obvious, but pick a lamp that suits your bedroom and stick to one particular theme to avoid a cluttered and messy look. This rule can be bent by getting mismatched lamps that still compliment one another but add a touch of the eccentric, for those who aren’t suckers for symmetry.

Before choosing one, ask yourself, ‘what other lights do I already have?’

By taking this into consideration, you have the advantage of putting together a form of decorative lighting that can be an element of your interior design, as well as a house essential.

Perhaps you could use pendant lighting at the side of your bed, not only to save space, but to bring more shape and texture into the room, or a wall lamp allowing you to put all the bedtime essentials on your table without the clutter.
Although this might not be as practical when it comes to bedside lighting, there are little add-ons that can make the lighting you want, adjustable for all occasions…

Spoil yourself

Light dimmer – to be in control of the mood you want to set

Automatic switch off function – for when you’re feeling lazy

Multi-watt bulb – Fine-tune the light for reading or relaxing.