14 Stylish Bedside Lamps Book Lovers Will Flip For

updated Dec 19, 2023
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After a hectic day of work and chores, there’s nothing better than unwinding with a good book. While curling up in bed with your favorite weighted 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).

From pieces designed to be angled for precision lighting to those with dimmers for customizable illumination, options abound. We rounded up 14 of the best bedside lamps for book lovers that’ll help turn your bedroom into the ultimate bibliophile oasis.

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This Italian-style mushroom light brings a high-end look to your bedroom thanks to its glossy finish. The cute mushroom design adds a cozy touch, and with its warm glow, it's like a hug for your space. Bonus point: the lamp's made of polymer PVC material, not glass, meaning it's not easy to break.

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was $190.00

Incorporate character into your bedroom with this eclectic novelty lamp. Crafted from metal, resin, and glass, it has a high-end feel that will remain in style for years. Its glass shade diffuses light perfectly, just enough to cast a warm glow (and for you to see your book at night comfortably). Best of all, the base comes in five fun colors!

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Infuse your living space with a touch of nature using this rattan table lamp. The natural weave adds a perfect dose of texture, creating a cozy ambiance. Complete with a bulb, this lamp is a seamless addition to your bedroom nightstand.

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Bed Bath & Beyond
was $128.96

A lamp with a little personality never hurts, and this orange bray table lamp certainly exudes trendy vibes. The compliments are bound to roll in thanks to its transparent glass base and coordinating satin shade. Plus, it has a three-way light switch so that you can set the mood. Who needs art when you have a good lamp that does both?

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was $124.00

No table space? No problem, that's what wall sconces are for. This brass sconce has a reflective lining that puts out light evenly and can be adjusted 90 degrees to the left or right, so you can swing it over whatever you're reading. Don't be nervous about mounting it — it comes with all the necessary hardware and installation instructions.

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Lamps Plus

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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was $24.99

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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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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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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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.