What’s one of the best spots to settle down with a book? The bedroom, of course. Whether it’s curling up with a new read in a comfy chair or in bed, your bedroom is a space made for relaxation.
In designing the perfect reading spot in the bedroom, utilizing the best light makes a world of difference. The right lighting can create a focus-filled but calm space for your latest must-read.
Are you carving out a reading nook in your bedroom? Read on to discover the best lighting options. NewHomeSource has compiled a list of materials, styles, and sources for creating the perfect reading area.
How to Get Started
Everyone wants their bedroom to feel soothing and harmonious. Reading adds to this overall mood, as it’s a peaceful hobby. Lighting also influences the mood and focal points in a room.
So before diving into available products, square away a few points. Do you prefer to read in bed before going to sleep? Or do you want a big, soft chair or loveseat where you while away a few hours with a favorite book? Or perhaps both?
Bedside reading comes in a few forms: tabletop lamps, wall-mounted sconces, pendant lamps, and clip-on lights. These light sources can also include smart controls, LED, and sustainable features too.
Next, take into account your bedroom’s natural light sources — windows and skylights — as they can affect daytime reading and focus. Note where the bed sits in the room’s layout as that can influence the type of reading lights you choose. The same applies to a designated reading zone. You’ll want to make sure there are outlets nearby, and measure your space accordingly to make sure there’s plenty of room for floor lamps or if you want wall-mounted fixtures.
Then, make a budget. Money set aside for reading lights can involve fixtures, bulbs, installation, and even a warranty. Depending on what features you have in mind, such as smart controls, a warranty might be needed. With size, specs, and a budget locked down, list the finishes and trends that match your room’s style.
Bedroom Reading Lights
Browse the following list of options to find the best reading lights for your bedroom.
Bedside Table Lamps
Craving a classic, functional and contemporary light? Bedside table lamps offer optimal light next to a bed or chair. Table lamps create extra light at a moment’s notice and they save space since they occupy a surface space like a nightstand. Another perk for table lamps is that they can be moved easily, which is perfect for homeowners who like to switch up a room’s layout periodically.
Have a price point of $25 or less? This minimalist-chic bedside table lamp is just $24. The lamp includes a square linen shade, a chain switch and two USB charging ports.
Tiny home on a small budget? Look at clip-on reading lights too. These compact reading lights ($16) feature rechargeable batteries and take up very little space. The Merisky rechargeable clip-on reading light is $11 and lasts up to 60 hours.
Most bedrooms have a floor lamp or two. If you’re intending on purchasing a floor lamp for the bedroom in general, opt for one that elevates a reading area and the overall lighting. These lamps are a good addition, especially if you don’t often read in the bedroom.
Check out a dimmable standing lamp ($73) or a mid-century modern standing lamp ($65).
Looking to install a more permanent light source? Pendant lights illuminate any area, especially reading zones. These wired fixture lights can be individually controlled by a light switch — dimmer switches are especially a sound choice for setting ambiance.
Smart and Tech Features
Smart features and tech functions can add to the overall reading experience. From meditative music, nature sounds, changing colors, dimmable light, and phone or voice-activated commands, these lamps take reading to the next level. These light fixtures can also include sustainable additions like LED bulbs.
Add tech with the Lepro smart table lamp ($40) and the Ecolor smart table lamp ($33).
Similar to fixed pendant lights, wall-mounted sconces free up floor and surface space. This permanent fixture can be installed next to a bed, lounge chair, or bookcase. Wall-mounted lights, especially the swing-mounted variety, are perfect for book lovers. These lights can be moved to add more overhead lighting for reading in bed, and then moved away when out of use. Plus, this type of light is low enough not to disturb a sleeping partner, yet bright enough to read.
Stephanie Valente is a Content Director and Editor in Brooklyn, NY. She’s previously held writing and social media positions at Barkbox, Men’s Journal, and currently works at a full-service advertising agency. She’s a self-confessed home and design enthusiast. Stephanie is an award-winning poet and fiction writer. When she’s offline, you can find her taking a yoga class, running, hanging out with her rescue dog Pepper. Find her on stephanievalente.com.