Where should you place bedroom floor lamps?

Floor lamps are a great lighting solution for creating warmth and ambiance in bedrooms. Whether you’re decorating your own room or a guest room, using bedroom floor lamps can help you create an inviting space to wind down after a long day.

Bedroom floor lamp ideas: task vs. ambient lighting

When deciding where to place a bedroom floor lamp, think about how you will use it. There are two main types of lighting: task lighting and ambient lighting. Task lighting focuses on lighting a certain area to make completing a task, such as reading, getting dressed, or applying makeup, easier. Ambient lighting provides overall illumination for a room but focuses more on giving the room a particular feel.

Bedroom floor lamps next to the bed

Typically, table lamps are placed on either side of the bed on nightstands for easy access and to function as reading lights. However, if surface space is at a minimum, a floor lamp next to the bed can be a great replacement — they can work well as both task lighting and ambient lighting. Make sure you consider the direction of the light source, as tall lamps that primarily cast light upwards might not provide sufficient light for late-night reading.

Bedroom floor lamps by a reading chair

If you have a reading nook in your bedroom, a floor lamp can turn it into a cozy, comfortable, and functional space. Place the floor lamp 1.25 feet from the side of the chair — and with a Philips Hue floor lamp, you can even use the Read light recipe for the optimal shade of white light and brightness

How tall should a bedroom floor lamp be?

If your bedroom has a low ceiling, measure your floor lamp before purchasing — otherwise it could look out of proportion once placed in the room. The height of a floor lamp should fall between 58–64 inches. The Signe floor lamp is an ideal 58.7 inches and features a slender, minimalist design that blends in with any bedroom size and style.

Create mood lighting with a bedroom floor lamp

A floor lamp can totally transform the mood of a bedroom — especially when you use Philips Hue smart lighting. With Philips Hue smart floor lamps or bulbs, you can set automations for any activity: set a Wake up automation for light that gently wakes you each morning or a Go to sleep automation that dims the lights when it’s time for bed.