Floor lamps are tall freestanding light fixtures that can be easily rearranged within a space. Typically supported by a tall pole inserted into a weighted base and connected to power with a cord, floor lamps are commonly used in residential and hotel settings as an essential and functional component of a living room or reading room layout. Floor lamps are designed in a variety of sizes and styles to complement and add ambiance to room’s decor and mood. The shapes of floor lamps range from minimal vertical poles with shades, to lamps with adjustable heads, tripods, lighting tubes, and larger overhead extended lamps.
Floor lamps are versatile lighting fixtures that can be positioned within a space for a range of uses from the task lighting of a reading chair or sofa to providing accent lighting along a wall or corner of the room. Floor lamps should never be placed within or nearby the flow of traffic as they could be easily knocked over.
Floor lamps are designed with various lighting strategies that range from classic stationary accent fixtures to arched and adjustable fixtures, lighting trees, and torchiere (upward) lighting designs. Good room lighting should be flexible enough to achieve a range of moods and ambiances and no one fixture should be seen as a solve-all solution to lighting.
Floor lamps should have an overall height of roughly 58”-64” (147-163 cm) based on the standard sitting height of a person on a couch or chair. The bottom of the floor lamp shade should be roughly at or above a person’s sitting eye level and should try to match the edges of similar lighting fixtures within the space.