12 Stylish Bedside Lamps Book Lovers Will Flip For

updated Apr 21, 2022
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After a hectic day of work, chores, and doomscrolling, there’s nothing better than unwinding with a good read. While curling up in bed with your favorite throw blanket and delving into the latest book on your reading list sounds lovely, it can be anything but ideal if your room isn’t outfitted with a good bedside reading lamp. The best lamp for readers will be one that’s bright enough to illuminate your space so you don’t strain your eyes while you read, yet soft enough that it won’t throw off your sleep cycle (or that of your partner). So what does this kind of lamp look like? From pieces designed to be angled for precision lighting to those with dimmers for customizable illumination, options abound. We rounded up 12 of the best bedside lamps for book lovers that’ll help turn your bedroom into the ultimate bibliophile oasis.

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Combining the best of both worlds, the Deacon Gooseneck Desk Lamp is a two-in-one find that decor-obsessed readers will love. Featuring a dual-switch operation, this light comes with an attached gooseneck reading lamp, providing a direct light source for those who need to read just one more chapter.

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To light the way through the pages of the next bestseller on your reading list, we love this lamp from Yarra Decor. Available in 10 colors, this lamp features touch controls, a dimmer, and two USB charging ports. Best of all, the linen shade softens the light for a comfortable glow that won't strain your eyes before bed.

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West Elm

Mid-century modern fans know West Elm is a haven for the movement's chicest designs, and its lighting department has a reading lamp you need to know about. Featuring a beveled shade, this floor lamp (available in a one- or two-light variety) is a stylish way to light up the night — and your pages.

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was $34.99

With an almost-five-star rating, this flexible LED table lamp is a popular Amazon pick — and it's easy to see why. With an eye-friendly and flicker-free light, five light modes, and seven brightness levels, this sleek pick has a setting everyone will enjoy.

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was $80.00

One part art piece, one part lamp, this Bookrest Lamp is a quirky, lovable pick. Formed in the shape of a house, this lamp is designed to do double duty as a light source and bookrest, holding the spot in your book between reading sessions. And before you ask, this lamp uses LED light technology, so you can leave the burned books to Ray Bradbury.

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Want the look of a wall sconce with none of the damage? The Solfres Headboard Reading Light offers an innovative (and drill-free) solution. Insert the support panel into the gap between the wall and your headboard, use the provided foam pad to fill any remaining gaps, and adjust the bendable gooseneck to customize the ultimate reading experience.

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Design Within Reach

This lamp is perfect for anyone looking for a table light with a small footprint. It has a clean design and adjustable dimming control, and it's sturdy to boot, thanks to its durable aluminum base.

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If you're looking for a spotlight-inspired pick, we have just the thing. This table lamp from Nova of California is sleek, minimalist, and the best way to keep light directly focused on that thriller you just can't put down. It features a matte black finish and a USB charging port, all adding up to a nightstand you're going to adore.

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was $57.99

The most contemporary-looking design on our list, this reading lamp is simple, modern, and high tech. The sturdy metal base features a rotary dimmer for easy lighting adjustments and also houses two USB ports, making it a great charging lamp, too.

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Urban Outfitters

Looking for something with character? The Martie Table Lamp from Urban Outfitters puts a fun spin on "the minimalist lamp." It showcases a rope-accented bulbed base with a simple, round glass shade for a boho-inspired lamp that's warm and earthy.

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was $35.99

Sleek and simple, this handsome lamp from Ganiude is a downright steal. The adjustable head makes positioning a breeze, while its metal touchpoint offers three dimming levels. Best of all, the shape of the base leaves ample room to drop your paperback or reading glasses once you're ready to put them down for the night.

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was $77.99

Okay, so this pick isn't technically a bedside lamp, but it's still worth mentioning. Designed to provide powerful, direct-overhead illumination, this pharmacy floor lamp can be positioned bedside for a towering light source. Best of all, it features a vintage apothecary design with a chic gold finish that makes it a stunning decor element.