10 Arc Floor Lamps If You Refuse to Turn on “The Big Light”

updated Mar 6, 2024
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Don’t get us wrong, we love overhead lighting like a statement-making chandelier, or even a mini chandelier. But sometimes the installation process can feel overwhelming and you have to measure just right, especially if you have low ceilings. That’s where arc floor lamps come in. 

Arc lamps are just as stylish as the chandelier options, often cheaper, and the lighting isn’t as harsh. The arc of the arm adds interest to a space and some of the lamps even look like artwork. Whether you need extra lighting over your couch, in your work from home office, or a cozy reading nook, here are some of our favorite arc floor lamps available today.

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was $330.00

It's arced, it's wavy, it's a source of light, it's everything. An all-black metal frame lamp is far from boring when it has curves like this, as well as the flared black cotton shade. Plus, it looks way more expensive than the sale price!

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Crate & Barrel

This show-stopping metal and rattan lamp from Crate & Barrel seriously looks like a piece of art, not just a source of lighting. The flared rattan shade adds some great texture and dimension to a space, but we can't get over that arc at the top and the tripod base legs.

3 / 10
was $54.99

The circular base and sleek design of this arched floor lamp is topped off with a beige cotton shade. Use the convenient foot switch to turn the lamp off and on and diffuse the perfect amount of light. Add this to any reading nook or your favorite corner in your living room.

4 / 10
was $95.99

For some much needed overhead lighting that isn't so harsh, try this arc floor lamp from Amazon. It stands nearly 70 inches tall and the extreme arc provides substantial lighting, including three dimmer settings.

5 / 10
West Elm
was $399.00

At 79 inches high, this West Elm pick is an easy way to update your space with a statement piece. The base of the lamp is sturdy and the arced arm comes in brass, nickel, or bronze. Also, the lamp shade is available in natural or white, and with a 19-inch diameter, it casts an impressive amount of light.

6 / 10

The Better Homes & Gardens light has just a slight arc, but major function. You're not just getting a light, but also a built-in side table. The attached wood finish table can hold essentials like a drink, remote, or your current reading material. Also, there's a compartment in the back to store magazines.

7 / 10

Here's an example of an arc floor lamp that keeps it classic, but with a few fun details. The arc is an extreme curve and the matte finish is the perfect contrast against the leather.

8 / 10

For a living room or bedroom that needs a bit of texture, try this Target arc lamp. It's the perfect height to stand over a couch or chair and the rattan shade adds depth and even a casual, boho vibe. Also, it comes with one LED light bulb so assembly is even easier.

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Lamps Plus

For an arc lamp that doesn't feel too grand or overpowering, but still adds visual interest, this one from Lamps Plus is a winner. The black and gold works well with most decor styles, and the long, cylindrical shade casts just enough light from above.

10 / 10
was $290.00

A head to toe brass lamp might feel a bit heavy for most spaces, but the metal finish has a slightly matte look, versus being overly shiny. Also, the marble base is super chic and the shade is easily adjustable, so you can direct light where it needs to be.

A version of this story was updated on July 17, 2020 by Carrie McBride.