How do I determine the right height for a table lamp?

The height of a table lamp plays a crucial role in both functionality and aesthetics. Here’s how you can determine the right height for your table lamp:

  1. Eye Level: When seated, the bottom of the lampshade should be at eye level to provide optimal lighting for reading or other activities. Measure the height from the floor to your eye level and subtract the height of the table or surface the lamp will be placed on.
  2. Proportions: Consider the proportions of the table lamp in relation to the furniture and surrounding decor. A lamp that is too tall or too short can look out of place. As a general guideline, the lamp should be around 1.5 times the height of the table or surface it will be placed on.
  3. Functionality: Think about the lamp’s purpose. If you primarily need it for ambient lighting, a taller lamp can help distribute light more evenly. For task lighting, such as reading, a shorter lamp with a focused beam of light may be more suitable.

Keep in mind that these are general guidelines, and personal preference and the specific layout of your living room may also influence the lamp’s height. Experiment with different heights to find the one that works best for your needs and complements the overall design of the space.