There’s nothing better than mood lighting in a room, right? I personally prefer it over turning on my overhead lights at night. Bright downlights make me feel like a perp being interrogated on an episode of Law and Order: SVU. Leave the lights on long enough and I’ll confess to crimes I never knew I committed.
With that in mind, I thought it best I share with you 60 of my fave affordable table lamps online. Because who wants to go into stores right now? I much prefer to stay in my PJs with a wine in hand and shop away.
And I know 60 faves might sound excessive, but I’ve broken them up into different style groups because I know each of you has your own distinct aesthetic going on at home. I think I have most bases covered.
To help you select the right one, I’ll also share some tips with you at the end of the post on how to choose a table lamp for your space. Because one should never rush this decision and I want you to get it right.
The lamp and image above is via Temple & Webster and you can see more of it here.
Table Lamps Online: Exposed Bulb
Who doesn’t love the gentle hum of an exposed Edison bulb? Keeping the bulb in your lamp exposed like this allows it to become an eye-catching moment in your space. If you don’t want a lamp that bright, opt for one with frosted glass instead (it won’t be as intense that way!).
- First Row: Exeter Table Lamp | Misto Table Lamp | Townshend Table Lamp
- Second Row: Edison Cone Table Lamp | Forbes Round Glass Lamp | Jac Table Lamp
- Third Row: Bloom Black Table Lamp | Tocco Concrete Lamp | Eglo Black Smoke Lamp
- Fourth Row: Ellis Rope Table Lamp | Black Bobo Table Lamp | Voss White Table Lamp
If the brightness of an exposed bulb table lamp feels a step too far for you, perhaps a sensible shade lamp is more your style. Below are 12 of the best, and they’re anything but boring.
Table Lamps Online: Sensible Shades
A fabric shade is a hard option to beat when it comes to your ideal table lamp. The light isn’t too in-your-face, the overall vibe is pretty subdued, but you get just enough interest in the base of the lamp so it doesn’t feel too boring. So many gorgeous options here. You’re sure to find one you love!
- First Row: Totem Table Lamp in Black | Rattan Look Table Lamp | Noosa Table Lamp
- Second Row: Pavi Table Lamp | Paxton Table Lamp | Hamilton Glass Table Lamp
- Third Row: Ava Glass Table Lamp | Adeline Table Lamp | Apollo Table Lamp
- Fourth Row: Leila Table Lamp | Moby Table Lamp | Saigon Table Lamp
Maybe the table lamps above feel a little too subtle for your home. If that’s the case, I have a brass collection below that’ll inject some luxe vibes into your room.
Table Lamps Online: Best in Brass
Whether your home is mid-Century in style or something more contemporary luxe, an injection of brass is just what the decor doctor ordered. These sorts of lamps will fit into more than just those two design styles though. They all feel rather elegant and will definitely being a sense of sophistication to your space.
- First Row: Spectre Table Lamp | Frye Table Lamp | Hudson Table Lamp
- Second Row: Free Table Lamp | Saxon Table Lamp | Captain Flint Table Lamp
- Third Row: Ferentino Table Lamp | Croset Table Lamp | Antique Gold Table Lamp
- Fourth Row: Kade Table Lamp | Wise Table Lamp | Vosges Metal Table Lamp
OK, so you’re still not there yet with finding your dream table lamp. Fear not! If a more rustic vibe is what you’re after, scroll on down to hit my boho-coastal roundup.
Table Lamps Online: Boho Coastal
How popular has that laidback Boho Coastal look become? I know so many of you are digging it, so I know the 12 affordable table lamps above are going to suit your home to a tee. They’re wonderfully rustic and packed with subtle detail. It’s everything that’s so good about the boho coastal design scheme.
- First Row: Gottorp Table Lamp | Woven Rattan Table Lamp | Driftwood Ball Table Lamp
- Second Row: Acland Table Lamp | Rope Table Lamp | Natural Table Light
- Third Row: Copenhagen Table Lamp | Threaded Table Lamp | Sedona Table Lamp
- Fourth Row: Pebble Table Lamp | Sea Rope Table Lamp | Barbados Table Lamp
OK, the time has come to unleash my fave of all the affordable table lamps online that feature in this post: the contemporary ones! It’s definitely my preferred style, so scroll on down and let’s fall in love.
Table Lamps Online: Contemporary
There’s something so striking about all of the contemporary table lamps above. They’re by far at the top of my lust list. Be it black, white, or a lamp with a little colour, I just love the shapes and angles of them. Hopefully you find one from the 12 that you love too!
- First Row: Bicoca Table Lamp | Dome Table Lamp | Noah Table Lamp
- Second Row: Night Owl Table Lamp | Priam Table Lamp | Pine Cone Table Lamp
- Third Row: Arne Jacobsen Table Lamp | Balance Task Lamp | Drake Table Lamp
- Fourth Row: Pia Desk Lamp | Satellite Table Lamp | Siena Steel Table Lamp
How good is the image below via Coco Republic? It features the Frye Table Lamp which I’m totally in love with.
How to Pick the Right Table Lamp
So you’ve cast your eyes over my roundup of affordable table lamps online. That’s half the job done! I do want to make sure you select the right one though. They’re all gorgeous, of course, but there are a few things to think about before you click ‘Buy Now’. I’ll share a few key tips below for you.
Where Does It Switch On?
This is a functionality issue a lot of people don’t consider, especially when buying table lamps online. But think about it; when you’re in bed or on the couch, do you want to have to get up to find the switch on a long cord? Or do you want to reach under the shade and flick it on that way. It will honestly make a huge difference for you day-to-day.
What Are You Using It For?
Lamps with fabric shades create mood rather nicely but aren’t exactly bright, whereas lamps on a stem with a head you can move around are great for reading next to. Exposed bulb table lamps are awesome too, but the bulb can be really bright to look at, and aren’t ideal if they’re in your line of site while you’re trying to watch TV. So consider these issues before you buy.
Is It Too Heavy for the Table?
The weight of the table lamp you buy is really important. How hard is it to knock over? If it’s sitting on a narrow console table, think about how sturdy the table underneath the lamp is. Can it take a concrete base, for example? A lightweight timber leg lamp would probably be more suitable here. If you have kids this is especially important.
How Wide is the Lamp Base?
Consider the width of the base and how much of your table it’s going to cover. If it’s for your bedside, you might need space for other elements like a clock, or candle, or plant. Don’t just go off the image on the website and hope for the best. Measure the base out on your table and then figure out if it’ll dominate the horizontal plane too much.
Is It The Hero or Supporting Player?
This is not a huge make or break rule, but it is important to look at your room as a whole and decide if you want the lamp to be a focal point with some wow-factor, or if you want it to blend into the background. If you want the wow, then the base might be more elaborate, or the shade might feature pattern. And if it’s going to blend, the look of it will be more simplistic.
I hope this post has helped you pick out some affordable table lamps online. If you follow the above tips I reckon you’re going to end up with a lamp you really love. Feel free to drop me a comment below and share your fave from the roundup. I’d love to know what you’re coveting.