How to Choose the Correct Size Table Lamp

The average lighting store holds an abundance of lighting fixtures from pendant lights to table lamps.

The options are often overwhelming for the average homeowner. Table lamps add decorative pieces to the room in addition to the task lighting they provide. Style isn't the only factor when selecting a new table lamp. The size of the lamp plays a large role in how the lamp looks in the room. While not a science, the sizing of a table lamp factors in the room and other surroundings in the room.

Consider the size of the room. Select a lamp that fits the size of the room. A large room needs a larger lamp while a small room needs a smaller lamp for the best look.

Measure the table on which the lamp will rest. Measure its diameter and height. The lamp should be in proportion with the table as well as the room. A large lamp on a tiny table looks out of place and increases the risks of the lamp tipping. A tiny lamp on a large table may get lost visually.

Consider the size of the other furnishings in the room. Choose a table lamp size that works well with the other furnishing sizes. For example, a larger lamp works well with oversized furniture.

Select a lamp shade that is proportionate to the base. Avoid choosing a very large shade for a smaller lamp. It will appear unbalanced and take away from the appearance of the room as a whole.

Test out the lamp size in the room. Place it on the table and stand back to see how it looks in comparison to the other furnishings. If the lamp is near a seating area, sit down and inspect the lamp. The ideal location for the lamp shade is with the bottom of it at eye level when seated.

Things You Will Need

  • Tape measure
  • Lamp
  • Lamp shade

About the Author

Based in the Midwest, Shelley Frost has been writing parenting and education articles since 2007. Her experience come from teaching, tutoring and managing educational after school programs. Frost worked in insurance and software testing before becoming a writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education with a reading endorsement.