We dedicated more than 30 hours to researching hundreds of floor lamps under $300, then narrowed the options down to 15 models, which we assembled, inspected, and pelted with basketballs to simulate the inevitable accidents that happen at home. While we recognize style is subjective, we’re confident our picks—for task, console, tripod, tree, and arc lamp—will complement a wide variety of interior spaces.
We recommend the IKEA Ranarp as the best task lamp for reading or any activity where you need direct, overhead light. It’s also one of the most affordable floor lamps we tested. At just around $45, it’s a thoughtfully constructed lamp with details that are missing from other floor lamps of similar price, including a powder-coat paint finish in either black or white and an adjustable-length swinging arm that articulates upward and downward with a simple turn of a zinc-plated dial. The lamp also proved more stable than other cantilevered designs we tried. One of the Ranarp’s only downsides is that it isn’t available online and just in stores.
If you’re looking for a floor lamp primarily for ambience or to read under occasionally, and you also prefer the classic lampshade design with contemporary cues, the Adesso Oslo 60″ Floor Lamp is our favorite. It’s heavier and less likely to tip over than other console lamps we tried. Its tulip-shaped base barely budges when bumped and looks great standing alone or paired next to other pieces of furniture with its soft-white spun-fabric shade. There’s nothing particularly fancy about the Oslo, but it’s a classic floor lamp accentuated with modernist detailing we appreciate.
For those partial to the aesthetics of a three-legged floor lamp, the Monique Tripod Floor Lamp offers easy assembly with a minimal footprint that won’t clutter or crowd a room like other larger tripod lamps. Its mosquito legs are a little cheap, made with the narrowest gauge we tested, but the Monique’s wide-legged stance makes it surprisingly immune to tipping over. It’s also extremely lightweight, so moving it around a room to find an ideal spot for it isn’t a problem.
The Aaron Aged Brass 3-Light Floor Lamp is an affordable three-light tree design floor lamp we recommend for situations where space is limited and you want to illuminate multiple sections of a room. Of the tree lamps we tested, this one felt more solidly built, and the handsome brass finish looked more classically appealing; the design should age gracefully. Each of the three lights can be aimed individually or turned on/off as needed, making it a versatile lamp best stationed next to a favorite seat for reading, with one light directed downward, the other two aimed at walls for ambience.
If you’re fortunate to live in a space with higher ceilings, we recommend the Basque Steel and Brushed Nickel Arc Floor Lamp, our largest pick. Compared with cheaper arc lamps we looked at, this has a heavier and wider base that should help keep the lamp from tipping. With enough room to lay out its parts, it is easy enough for one person to assemble. And you will need plenty of room for its nearly 6.5-foot height and nearly 4-foot arm’s reach. The Basque fills the bill as a statement piece, but it also effectively highlights a favorite section of a room or provides bright light for reading, without being ostentatious.
I am a design writer at Design Milk and the managing editor at AHBE Landscape Architects. I’ve been writing about home design since 2006 for a multitude of design-focused outlets, including Apartment Therapy, where for years I helped everyday people beautify their homes, and I’ve had writing assignments for other shelter sites like Lonny, Metropolis, and Design Sponge. Before then, I designed children’s toys and furniture as an industrial designer, learning the ins and outs of mass-market product design, from conception to manufacturing. I’m admittedly a little obsessive about lighting. I will happily change out light bulbs for you and recommend a lighting scheme if you ask. My wife has gently requested (on numerous occasions) I stop purchasing more lamps for our modest-size home.
Confused? Imagine interior lighting as a three-piece band. Accent lighting is the lead guitarist, going solo in the corner, bringing attention to a specific section of the room or a prominent feature (e.g. a piece of art or furnishing). Ambient performs in the background like a bass player, casting a softer and general lighting to set a room’s overall mood. The task light is the vocalist, casting adjustable illuminance for reading, working, or just hanging out, ideally without glare or shadows. Combine all three and you’ve got a harmonious luminescence layered with nuance, mood, and purpose.
Continuing with this analogy, a floor lamp can practically be a band unto itself. Partnered with the right bulb and an add-on dimmer to adjust output, some models can operate as accent, ambient, and task lighting all in one. But more often a floor lamp operates as a combination of two of the three lighting sources, typically task and ambient. That’s why we believe a floor lamp should be in every living room, to complement other sources of light overhead and nearby.
Before setting off to choose a floor lamp, answer the following questions:
How large is your room and how high are the ceilings? If space is tight, we recommend a tree or swing-arm task lamp. Lamps with shades or a tripod-style base require more space and are best for average-size to large rooms, while only the largest size rooms with high ceilings need apply for an arc lamp, a style that can disproportionately dominate a small room. Before purchasing, always measure a lamp’s height and circumference to compare in context with the intended space. I generally believe a floor lamp should not exceed 6 to 7 feet in an average room with 8-to-10-foot ceilings; spaces with especially high ceilings can accommodate taller lamps, where accentuating verticality adds drama.
Do you want to read or work underneath the light or is the lamp primarily intended as an ambient source? Task and arc floor lamps are best for delivering glare-free light from overhead, ideally with cantilever swing arms and/or adjustable shades to direct light exactly where it’s wanted. A tree floor lamp offers adjustable light, but its reach is inherently limited by the positioning of its multitiered shades. Lamps fitted with shades diffuse light to a pleasant ambient glow around and overhead, but they aren’t the best for reading. Consider your most common nightly habits. If you knit or read often, a light delivered from overhead or from over the shoulder is best. If you’re a Netflix binger, you’ll want a lamp delivering a diffused softer light without glare intruding on “just one more episode” evenings.
Do you want the lamp to stand out or blend in with the rest of the room? Imagine how the floor lamp will look standing among existing furniture, wall colors, and other decorative features. Tree and task lamps tend to blend into smaller spaces. Tall arched arc lamps or console lamps with shades draw attention. If you’re looking for a statement piece, keep in mind that you’ll pay more for something that stands out from the crowd in size or style.
Do you plan to move the lamp around? The majority of floor lamps are light enough to pick up and move with just one arm. But arc lamps and some larger tripod models can be heavy and unwieldy once assembled. Remember to check the base and total weight before purchasing to avoid being stuck with something heavier than you can comfortably and safely lift.
A search for “floor lamp” brings back thousands of styles to choose from, many only marginally different from one another—from those cheap and ubiquitous torchiere lamps you might remember lighting up your college dorm room (and unintentionally fricasseeing flying insects) to gigantic designer statement pieces priced anywhere but within reach. We focused our search on five styles—task, console, tripod, tree, and arc lamps—that would meet a range of lighting needs.
We looked for lamps that met the following criteria:
We focused on lamps priced at $300 or less to find affordable options for renters, first-time home buyers, or anyone on a budget. The benefits to spending more come down primarily to design. For example, take the difference between the Flos Spun Light F (roughly $1,600) and the similarly shaped Adesso Oslo Floor Lamp (around $110). Besides one carrying a pedigree of “Designed by Sebastian Wrong” to brag about, the more expensive model typically exhibits a higher degree of detailing (much of it subtle), superior construction with better materials, heavier total weight, larger dimensions, and extras like an integrated zero to 100 percent intensity dimmer.
Fortunately, good design at a fair price is more democratically available thanks to places like Target, IKEA, and Amazon. Lamps priced below $300 and sold through different retailers can look suspiciously similar, because sometimes they are the same lamp, or only marginally different. Mass-market retailers source many of their products—especially furniture—from the same overseas manufacturers, purchasing off-the-shelf, ready-to-ship designs (many times sold under “available online only”), occasionally tweaked and rebranding these items as their own. Even factoring in design, Target and IKEA sell lighting nearly on a par with more expensive specialty home furnishing retailers like West Elm and CB2; from my observations while designing furniture and visiting the factories abroad that serve mass-market retailers, the differences are primarily aesthetic. Some retailers are simply catering to people willing to pay a premium for trending designs.
Interior decor and furniture trends change rapidly on the high end, but typically IKEA, Target, Amazon, Overstock, Wayfair, LampsPlus, and even more expensive specialty retailers like Y Lighting and Design Within Reach, do not change their wares drastically year to year. So we looked for floor lamps to complement the widest variety of interiors, while representing contemporary tastes—designs we could imagine still being relevant aesthetically five years from now (so no bright colors or busy patterns). For those worried about committing to one color, consider a floor lamp topped with a shade; extra shades with different patterns, colors, and materials are easily switched at whim.
Our research began with larger retailers specializing in contemporary home decor, including but not limited to: Crate and Barrel, CB2, Pottery Barn, World Market, IKEA, West Elm, Amazon, Room & Board, Wayfair, Lamps Plus, and Overstock. We supplemented our research by looking at specialty online retailers like Rove Concepts, TRNK, Article, APT2B, Rejuvenation, and the bottomless clickhole of Pinterest boards to round out our familiarity with styles and prices, alongside the hundreds of comments and reviews associated with each lamp we considered. After looking at hundreds of options, we narrowed down the selection to 15 for testing.
Every floor lamp we’re recommending had to meet specific criteria beyond eye-pleasing design—a highly subjective first hurdle we had to sort through even before deciding on worthy finalists.
We unpacked and checked every piece for any cosmetic or functional damage during shipping. We also checked for any missing parts before putting every lamp together ourselves—including an infuriatingly challenging large and heavy arc floor lamp—to determine the ease of assembly for one person.
We inspected any sections where parts connected, examined the quality of finishes, and paid special attention to any moving parts.
With the help of a basketball and my deft aim, we tested the stability of each lamp against the simulated bump of a rowdy small canine, a motoring toddler, or catnip-charged feline to see whether any floor lamp would fall over. (More on that below.)
Finally, we loaded up my truck with the top five picks to bring into a real home setting, carrying each lamp up three flights of steep stairs and through our front door. Once there, my wife and I read books, browsed iPads and iPhones, and pet our cats under the glow of every lamp.
Except for models that shipped with their own included light bulbs, we used our top pick, the Cree 60W LED bulb for testing. This bulb is affordable, dimmable, readily available at Home Depot or online, and produce warm and accurate light.
Besides the largest arc floor lamps—which may pose a challenge for shorter individuals—assembling lamps was a fairly simple task, with the majority of pieces arriving pre-assembled. Most of the lamps didn’t even require any additional tools; we attached the legs or tubes onto the base by hand. The most difficult challenge was carefully unpacking the lamps from their protective cocoon of cardboard, foam, and plastic bags without making a mess. Only one lamp assembly flummoxed my composure—the largest arc floor lamp that required the deft dexterity of a master pickpocket to navigate its bolt-pin through a mouse hole installation process.
A good floor lamp won’t easily fall over. To test stability we lined up individual lamps against a bare wall, and I bounced a regulation-size basketball repeatedly from approximately 4 feet away, aimed at the center of each lamp. We observed how much they moved, shook, and teetered when struck. I also rolled the basketball toward the foot of each lamp from 8 feet away to see whether any floor lamp would fall over. None of the lamps fell, but some shook enough to visibly and audibly reveal where loose fittings could potentially lead to problems in time.
Best for: Average-size living room, corners, stationed by a couch, armchair, or bedside.
Why it’s great: If you need a lamp for performing specific tasks, such as reading, Web browsing, crafting, or any activity where distracting glare or shadows can hamper focus or strain the eyes, we recommend the IKEA Ranarp. It proved more stable than other lamps we tested, the cantilevered arm was easier to adjust, and at under $50 it’s one of the most affordable lamps we’ve found. This is the floor version of a lamp we’ve owned for two years, and like its deskbound sibling it has a powder-coated matte finish in white or black that minimizes distracting reflective glare; handsome gold-painted zinc hardware; and a striped textile-covered power cord that imparts a dash of style where most lamps settle for ho-hum black or white extension cords. A hefty-weighted base kept the lamp stable in our tests (it shirked off all our bounce passes). Only an excessive karate chop to the highest section of the lamp would make the Ranarp lose its confident hold on the floor.
The Ranarp was the only lamp we tested with two-joint adjustability (another task model from Target fooled us into believing we could adjust its arm’s angle, but was locked into place). This allowed us to dial in exactly where we wanted to direct the light. Other floor lamps offered only a general downward cast or a limited range of motion. Additionally, a locking dial allows you to lengthen or shorten the arm attachment.
We’d describe the Ranarp’s style as “Swedish industrial”: a hint of vintage, but not so much that its nod to yesteryear detaches itself from the design tastes of today. Somewhat reminiscent of the classic Anglepoise adjustable folding arm lamp designed in 1932 by British designer George Carwardine or the Luxo L-1 lamp designed by Jac Jacobsen in 1937, IKEA’s designers abandoned the spring tension mechanisms of those 1930s predecessors for what we think is a more elegant tension dial hinge solution suited for a lamp that probably will be set to a specific angle and height and then left alone.
People who’ve chosen the Ranarp mostly seem to like it, praising its stylish details, ease of assembly, and adjustability. One reviewer found it a tad big for a reading lamp, but overall the feedback we’ve seen for the Ranarp is overwhelmingly positive.
Flaws but not dealbreakers: For all its otherwise exemplary detailing, the Ranarp’s tiny chiclet-shaped on/off button feels insignificant, with slightly unpleasant, sharp raised edges we could feel with every press. An aesthetic preference, we wish the textile-wrapped power cord emerged from the lamp’s base rather than its center tube. This lamp is available only in stores, so if you don’t live near an IKEA you’re out of luck.
|Materials||Steel, cast iron, EVA plastic, textile cord|
|Finishes/colors||White or black|
|Dimensions||60 inches by 11 inches|
|Bulb||IKEA recommends its own E26 400-lumen LED globe bulb|
|Shipping||Not available online|
|Warranty and return policy||One year return/refund (with receipt)|
Best for: Average- to large-size rooms; floating or in a corner.
Why it’s great: Shaded lamps work well in bedrooms or living areas where you want ambient light. Although many of the shaded lamps we tested did provide nice light, the Oslo felt more substantial, less likely to tip over, and easier to assemble. The lamp’s weighted 12.5-inch-diameter base is very stable, able to endure a significant nudge or flying basketball thrown at its center with aplomb (unlike the cheaply constructed and spindly IKEA Aläng, which wobbled at the slightest touch).
We think the Oslo hits a sweet spot aesthetically speaking, offering a traditional profile of a classic floor lamp with a minimalist all-white matte finish and spun horizontal-striped paper shade that appears a lot more expensive than its roughly $110 price tag (it’s a spitting image of this $1,600 model). Its most distinctive feature is its inverted tulip-style base, obviously inspired by the gentle transitions between base and pedestal exhibited in the works of Finnish American designer Eero Saarinen—a detail that mid-century devotees might find particularly delightful.
Reviewers on Amazon like this lamp: They found the three-segment assembly simple for one person; they appreciate the “clean,” “modern,” and “minimalist” design; and they like the output when used with a 100-watt bulb. Some reviewers found that the all-white design shows any stain.
Flaws but not dealbreakers: Its 60-inch height is non-adjustable, so this is best used as a complementary light source, flanking seating in lieu of a table lamp.
|Materials||Metal with paper-lined fabric shade|
|Dimensions||60 inches by 17.75 inches|
|Bulb||100-watt incandescent or 20-watt CFL|
|Warranty and return policy||One-year manufacturer’s limited warranty; unopened items sold and fulfilled by Amazon can be returned within 30 days of delivery for a full refund|
Best for: Average-size living room, floating or against a wall in a corner.
Why it’s great: The Monique tripod floor lamp was a surprise top pick. Its thin metal legs and meager 8-pound weight doesn’t make a great first impression while sitting beside other, larger wood- and metal-legged tripod floor lamps. But like Steph Curry running circles around larger players, the Monique never teetered far when we tossed a basketball at the floor lamp’s center, only shifting over with a hop and always landing on its feet. The secret to Monique’s stability is where its three legs meet: high up near the neck of the lamp’s socket. The grippy ends attached to each of its legs, combined with its lightweight build and wide stance, had the Monique standing its ground better than any other tripod model we tested. One Wayfair reviewer even commended the lamp’s durability within a household of two rowdy Rottweilers, notoriously clumsy roommates.
We also like the Monique’s smart cord routing. Other tripod floor lamps awkwardly dangle cords from the center, adding an additional fourth appendage to worry about. The Monique hides its cord inside one of the legs to emerge from the bottom end.
Reviewers on Wayfair give this lamp 4.4 stars across more than 280 reviews. They like the cord routing and the bright light (especially when placed near corners). Reviewers describe the design as “elegant,” “modern,” and “sleek,” with several comparisons to West Elm style. Some Wayfair reviewers complained about fit caused by poor threading where legs are screwed together, lightweight construction deemed as “flimsy,” and inconsistent manufacturing resulting in visible seams where legs are joined.
Flaws but not dealbreakers: While the lightweight legs make for easy assembly and even easier transport around the house, this lamp does feel flimsy enough to worry about bending if left out in high-traffic areas.
|Materials||Metal with paper-lined fabric shade|
|Finishes/colors||Polished steel or dark bronze|
|Dimensions||60 inches by 17.75 inches|
|Warranty and return policy||30-day return policy with full refund upon inspection, minus return shipping costs|
Best for: Small to average-size rooms requiring light sources delivered in different directions.
Why it’s great: Sometimes limited space and budget dictates looking for the most versatile solution. If this is the case, we recommend the compact Aaron 3-Light Floor Lamp. You’ll be getting a tiered lamp with three individual and adjustable 5.75-inch-diameter shades, each accommodating its own 40-watt bulb. It’s like getting three lamps in one, with each socket outfitted with its own on/off rotary switch, making setting a mood or saving on electricity simple. The Aaron stood out from the other tree lamp we tested (the similarly styled Luken) for its superior construction and more universally appealing style.
While there is nothing particularly distinguishing about its mid-century–styled aged-brass design, the Aaron is quietly sophisticated when situated in a corner, adaptable for task, mood, or accent-lighting purposes. It’s an ideal lamp to share between two people seated next to each other, permitting concurrent task and ambient lighting (each head swivels 360 degrees with up to 180-degree tilt), with the option to turn off one or two lights if desired. And because this lamp is compact, it’s also very easy to grab, lift, and move around the room.
Amazon reviewers give this lamp 4.7 stars (across more than 100 reviews), citing its sophisticated brass finish and mid-century style, sturdiness, and that the dome shades easily adjust.
Flaws but not dealbreakers: Despite its three-bulb configuration, this lamp’s modest 40-watt output per socket rating means its peripheral cast is limited. A handful of reviewers reported that their lamps did not stand straight.
|Materials||Metal with aged-brass finish|
|Dimensions||64 inches by 10 inches|
|Bulbs||40-watt or equivalent bulbs (three)|
|Warranty and return policy||One-year warranty (through Lamps Plus) covering any defect in materials or workmanship, with repair or replacement at no charge (including shipping); this warranty extends manufacturer’s warranty by one year|
Best for: Large room with high ceilings; stationed beside seating.
Why it’s great: If you’re looking for a statement piece for a large room with taller ceilings, we like the Basque Arc Floor Lamp. This lamp was easier to assemble and more stable than the two other arc lamps we tested. The look is directly inspired by the iconic Arco Floor Lamp designed by Achille Castiglioni and his brother Pier Giacomo in 1963. While the Basque delivers light intimately and immediately overhead just like its inspiration, its reach is more modestly proportioned, spanning a little more than half the Arco’s original nearly 7-foot curvature. Don’t be mistaken, it’s still a large floor lamp. But its smaller footprint and abbreviated semi-circular arch accentuate scale without fully dominating a room.
To our delight, the Basque’s dome light is counterbalanced by a genuine Carrara marble base, flattened into a small, yet still sufficiently heavy, circular foundation. While it’s nowhere the statement piece of the original design’s 143-pound rectangular single slab of cut marble, it’s still a handsome detail carried over to keep the large lamp steady. The Basque did not excessively sway or wiggle when moved or adjusted; it also survived a basketball aimed at its base and bounced against its arm without issue. One other arc lamp we tried (Lumisource Salon Floor Lamp) had an inadequately proportioned all-metal base that always filled us with worries about tipping over. When in doubt, at this scale always go with the floor lamp with the heavier foundation and superior thicker gauged arm.
The Basque also earned points over the frustratingly difficult to assemble and heavy-and-hernia-inducing Light Society SoHo arc lamp, striking a happy medium between the original and a lighter weight interpretation. The Basque’s divergence away from the original slab base design also simplifies assembly; it took less than five minutes to put together after unpacking, all without the need for extra help or swearing.
In reviews, people note liking the Basque’s area of illumination, that it’s easy to clean, and the artistic design. One person wished that the arm length was adjustable.
Flaws but not dealbreakers: The circular marble base is easier to assemble and move than the original design, but admittedly loses something in its downsized dimensions. Rooms with low ceilings need not apply.
|Materials||Carrara marble base, steel|
|Finishes/colors||Brushed nickel, gold|
|Dimensions||77½ inches by 15 inches; 46-inch reach from center pole to center shade|
|Warranty and return policy||One-year warranty (through Lamps Plus) covering any defect in materials or workmanship, with repair or replacement at no charge (including shipping); this warranty extends the manufacturer’s warranty by one year|
We really like the swivel head, mid-century–modern design of the Threshold Cantilever Floor Lamp, but this Target house brand lamp lost points because the cantilever arm was difficult to adjust, which we attributed to the design of the small dial. At this price it would be fine as a bedside lamp where adjustments would be few and far between.
The George Kovacs P303-2 LED Floor Lamp was by far the smallest floor lamp we tested. The diminutive shiny lamp has a modern chrome finish and integrated 518-lumen LED array. It would look fitting in a very small apartment, especially with low ceilings; it’s just a little too small for the average living room.
The knurled handle accessorizing the middle of the Frazier 50″ Floor Lamp by Corrigan Studio proved a big disappointment. It’s an attractive detail that felt great until we pulled it up to adjust the lamp’s height. Pulling the tube’s extension upward was neither easy nor smooth, evoking images of loading an ill-made musket. At full length the lamp was also wobbly, with so-so durability noted by several customer reviews.
The narrow and slight IKEA Aläng seems like a great deal. Then you assemble it and notice that nothing about this lamp feels confident, secure, or particularly well-designed. Its unstable base is paired with long, telescoping center tubes that look and feel inadequate in girth; only an insignificant and cheap-looking twist-dial tab keeps the lamp’s desired height locked into place. Compared with our IKEA floor lamp pick, which costs the same, this one misses all the marks of a keeper.
For those of you wondering about designer decor catalog options, we did mark a pair of lamps for consideration from CB2 and West Elm. Availability of the CB2 John Floor Lamp and the West Elm Telescoping Floor Lamp fluctuated during the time of our testing, as is common with design decor retailer stock throughout the seasons.
There’s a lot we liked about the SH Lighting 31171f-SG Tall Tripod Adjustable Floor Lamp when we finished assembling it: an adjustable height, an oversize drum shade, a sleek metal pull-string control, and a design directing the power cord through its center tubing for a cleaner in-room presence. What did it in during testing was a nudge—its top-heavy design paired with the low position of its three legs makes for an unsteady floor lamp that could be tipped over by a child, pet, or happily inebriated party guest.
You’ll have one less thing to purchase with the Brightech Emma LED Tripod Floor Lamp, because it ships with its own 60-watt equivalent LED bulb. It’s a perfectly fine tripod-style lamp that assembles with just a few twists of its adjoining legs and looks especially pleasing placed in a corner. Our issue during testing was with its wooden legs—they’re so lightweight, the lamp teetered and moved across the floor when lightly bumped by a basketball rolled toward it. The included lampshade is also an unusual, if not ingenious, flat-pack design that requires aligning two metal circular frames and snapping the paper and fabric shade across the top and bottom, all secured by Velcro at the edges. The fit isn’t perfect, but it’s acceptable if you turn the shade’s edges away from view.
We liked everything about the Threshold Tripod Floor Lamp from Target—its classic, antique-brass finish, reasonable price, the included neutral white shade, and its decor-friendly design that conceals the cord in the leg. Unfortunately, we knocked it out of contention because it is frequently unavailable. We’d recommend it as a solid choice if you can find it in a store or online.
The Threshold Oak Wood Tripod Floor Lamp is another intriguingly classic-retro style tripod lamp sold by Target; this one is accessorized with a more traditional wood finish and joint detailing. Again, limited and infrequent availability, alongside its more specifically themed style, prevents us from recommending this as a top pick.
The Luken Brushed Steel 3-Light Tree Floor Lamp sports a more discernible 1950s-influenced design that may not complement every interior. Beyond styling, this three-light tree lamp is otherwise nearly identical to our top pick. But the hinges connecting each of the shades to the center tubing did feel slightly loose. We were concerned that over time each hinge could become increasingly looser.
The Light Society SoHo Modern Nickel Stainless Steel/Marble Arc Floor Lamp is so heavy that the delivery person who dropped it off at our office actually voiced displeasure about hauling the crate it came in (admittedly it was a hot day). But we actually like the super-heavy genuine marble base, not only for its immovable stability, but also for its close semblance to the original Arco Lamp that it has been blatantly fashioned after. Among the lamps we called in, this was the most difficult to assemble. Putting it together proved to be a profanity- and sweat-inducing test of will versus hardware, requiring alignment only by touch while securing the lamp’s giant arm with a bolt through a preposterously small porthole. The porthole was originally conceived by Castiglioni as a means for two people to carry the heavy base using a broomstick, but here it seemed placed only to antagonize us. It took us 30 minutes to secure the base to its arm, something that would have been much easier with a second set of helping hands.
Its metal dome shade is comprised of two pieces, the top falling all too easily off-center when moved. If you’ve got the muscle, space, and a helping hand for assembly, this isn’t a bad reproduction of a classic design. Just don’t plan to move it anywhere far once positioned.
Upon unpacking the Lumisource Brushed Metal Salon Floor Lamp, we immediately noted the poorly adhered edges around its drum shade. That was bad enough, but we especially didn’t care for the lamp’s bouncy-elastic metal arm, prone to shake and shimmy like an angler’s fishing rod at the lightest touch. It felt and looked unstable.
(Photos by Kyle Fitzgerald.)