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Floor lamp placement 101: Where to Put a Floor Lamp in the Living Room?


Hey there, lamp-seeker! Are you trying to find the perfect spot for a floor lamp in your living room? No problem, we've got you covered with 5 super creative ideas. Whether you're looking to create a cozy reading nook or add some extra light to highlight a sick piece of art, we've got a spot for your floor lamp. And the best part? These bad boys are stylish and don't take up any end table space. So why wait? Start sprucing up your living room with a cool floor lamp today!

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Placing a floor lamp next to a comfortable reading chair or a cozy nook will create a warm and inviting space for relaxation.


If you want to create a warm and inviting space for relaxation in your living room, consider placing a floor lamp next to a comfortable reading chair or a cozy nook. This lamp allows you to direct the light where you need it most, whether focused on a book or magazine or diffused for a softer, ambient atmosphere. When choosing a floor lamp for this purpose, it's essential to consider the height and style of the light. A standing lamp with an adjustable head and arm will be a good candidate.


Fill in an Empty Corner place a sleek and simple floor lamp in the corner of a room, adding both light and style.


Trying to choose the perfect floor lamp for your corner? If you're going for a cozy, homey feel, opt for a light with a fabric shade or a warm, amber glow. On the other hand, if modern minimalism is more your thing, go for a sleek metal base and a bright white light. Either way, you'll be turning that corner into the perfect atmosphere in no time.

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floor lamp next to sofa in living room


If you have a large living room with high ceilings, placing a tall floor lamp in the middle of your room can make a statement and add dimension to the space.

Ready to up your interior design game? Placing an ultra-large, arched tall floor lamp in the middle of your room can do wonders for balance, symmetry, and overall aesthetic. Not to mention, it can provide some much-needed task lighting for all those late-night reads or work sessions. Plus, depending on the size and layout of your space, a central lamp can create a sense of openness and flow or even draw the eye to a standout feature like a fireplace or artwork. So go ahead, and give your room the spotlight it deserves.


You can place a floor lamp nearby to highlight a particular artwork or a gallery wall to draw attention to it.

Positioning a floor lamp nearby artwork or a gallery wall can be a great way to highlight and showcase these features in your home. It can also be an effective way to create a more focused and intimate atmosphere in the space.


Consider a Large Curved Lamp Over the Sofa if you want to create a cozy and warm atmosphere by positioning your floor lamp near artwork or a gallery wall. A metallic lamp with a linen shade works beautifully in a traditional living room and can also help to bring out the rich colors and textures in the artwork.

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curve floor lamp behind sectional sofa

If you have a sectional sofa, you can place a floor lamp behind it to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for movie nights or social gatherings.

Consider positioning a floor lamp behind your sofa. It will give your room a cohesive and put-together look and provide some much-needed task lighting for those binge-worthy TV sessions or late-night reads.


Just keep in mind if you've got a wide-open space, opt for a lamp with a sturdy base and ample shade. But you'll want something slimmer if your couch is up against a wall. Or, if you're feeling fancy, try an arched lamp above one side of the sofa. Either way, you'll be illuminating your space in style.

Frequently asked questions about floor lamp placement.


How far should a floor lamp be from a couch or reading chair?

Looking to spruce up your living room with a new floor lamp? Keep it at a comfortable distance from your couch or reading chair - about 2 to 3 feet away. That way, it'll provide just the right amount of light for all your lounging, reading, and functional needs without getting too up in your personal space.


For instance, let's say you have a couch that's 6 feet long and a reading chair that's a comfy 3 feet wide. Position your floor lamp about 2 to 3 feet from the edge of either piece of furniture, and you'll enjoy your activities without any pesky shadows or glare getting in the way.


Can You Place a Floor Lamp by the Window?

Yes, Placing a floor lamp by your windows can help keep the light in the same general area once the sun goes down. During the day, you can rely on natural light through your windows. But when the sun goes down, that source of light disappears. That's where a floor lamp comes in - it can provide the light you need during the night.


Plus, it can draw attention to your windows and the view outside them. A floor lamp by a window can create a focal point in the room, drawing the eye and naturally leading it towards the window and the view beyond.

floor lamp next to sofa in a wooden style living room

Final Thought


Now that you know, by considering size, height, style, atmosphere, and functionality, you can choose the perfect floor lamp to Fill in an Empty Corner. With a suitable light, you can create a relaxing atmosphere, add task lighting, make a color statement, or create ambiance in your living room. So why not add a floor lamp to your living room today? You'll love the difference it makes.

floor lamp next to sofa in a minimal living room

Our recommendations: BenQ e-reading floor lamp


And don't forget, if you're looking for a floor lamp that best suits your living room, the BenQ e-Reading Floor Lamp is here to solve all your lighting problems! With its exclusive curved shape and broader lighting coverage, this lamp is perfect for illuminating your entire desk - 150% wider than the average desk lamp.


Whether reading on a screen or paper in the living room, the e-Reading Floor Lamp covers you. Its "brighter at the sides, darker in the middle" illumination eliminates glare and protects your eyes. Not only can you adjust the brightness and color temperature yourself, but the built-in ambient light sensor also allows the lamp to choose the best lighting for your needs.


Additionally, the lamp's patented ball joint makes adjusting the light angle a breeze, and its high color rendering index (CRI) of Ra 95 ensures that the colors you see are as true to life as possible. And with its durable metal composition and long-lasting LED light source, you can enjoy the benefits of this lamp for years to come.


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Recommended Products

WiT Desk Lamp

BenQ WiT Desk Lamp with swing arm lights up your entire desk (150% wider than traditinal lamps), detects ambient brightness and dynamically adjusts to the brightness level for your eye comfort. With optional accessories, you can adapt the lamp for a floor reading lamp or a clamp desk lamp.

Floor Stand Extension

With Floor Stand Extension, you can turn e-Reading desk lamp into a floor lamp which is suitable for living room and bedside reading.

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