How Many Floor Lamps Should Be Placed In a Living Room?

In order to know how many floor lamps should be placed in a living room, there are a lot of factors to consider: the space available, color scheme, style, feel and the number of furniture, and much much more.

Floor lamps are used for creating a warm atmosphere in a room. These lamps are used for reading, writing, or doing some work in the room.

But what if you’re not sure how many floor lamps to place in your living room? Should there be one, two, or three? Maybe even more?

When choosing the right number of floor lamps for your home, it’s important to think about the style of the house, the size of your living room, and your personal preference. Let’s get into it!

How many floor lamps should be placed in a living room?

Choosing the right number of floor lamps for a living room can be a tricky task. It depends on the size of the room, the size of the lamp, and your choice of decor.

The right amount of floor lamps will make the room look larger and more spacious, but too many floor lamps can turn the room into a clutter of clutter and make it feel smaller.

Here’s how many floor lamps you should place in a living room according to the size of the room:

Small living rooms (approx. 10 x 13 ft): 1 floor lamp

Medium living rooms (approx. 12 x 18 ft): 1-2 floor lamps

Large living rooms (approx. 15 x 20 ft): 1-4 floor lamps

You need to make sure that all the lamps will fit properly in your room. If you have sufficient space in your room then you can place multiple floor lamps.

But if you have a small space then you can place only 1 floor lamp.

How many lamps are too many in a room?

The number of lamps (as we’ve already stated) should be decided on the basis of the size of the room.

You won’t go wrong with having 1 lamp no matter how small or big the room is but for an average (medium-sized) living room, there’s no need for more than 2 floor lamps.

Also, we would like to say that the decision of the number of lamps is up to you as well as your budget, so you need to take all these (previously said) factors into consideration.

Do floor lamps have to match?

Floor lamps do not have to match in style, but it will certainly be a nicer atmosphere if you have lamps that are in harmony with each other and with the room in which they are located.

In order for floor lamps to match, several different factors need to be taken into account:

  • lamp type,
  • lamp height,
  • lamp style,
  • lamp color,
  • and color of the shade

It would be quite strange to have, for example, a floor lamp of expressive rustic style in your living room together with a modern minimalist lamp. Such seemingly opposite things can only be combined if you really know what you are doing.

The formula is actually very simple – the more similar the lamps, the less chance you will miss.

How do I arrange my living room floor lamps?

The living room is the most important area where most people spend most of their time. So, it is very important to make this place attractive and beautiful.

If you have a large room in your home then you need to arrange them in such a way that they don’t cover each other.

It is good practice to place them on opposite sides of the room (opposite corner) if possible. If the living room is large enough, you can also place them in the opposite corner of the same wall.

If you want additional lighting on a specific object in the room (be it a piece of furniture, table, armchair), you can place them on both sides of the object, but you need to be careful because it can easily become too bright in a certain part of the room.

We also made a guide on where to place floor lamps next to the bed, so feel free to check that one out too.

How tall should a floor lamp be next to a sofa?

The top of the floor lamp should, as a rule, be above the person sitting on the sofa, or even at eye level, so that the light can be used smoothly and effectively, for example, for reading.

If the lamp is too low above eye level, you will not be able to use it for reading.

If it’s too high, the light won’t be as effective as it would be at eye level, and it may look inconsistent.

How far apart should the floor lamp be from the sofa?

To make sure that the floor lamp doesn’t look out of place next to the sofa, you need to know the right distance between them. A rule of thumb is to set the distance between the lamp and the sofa at one-third of the height of the lamp.

This means that if the lamp is 1 meter high, the distance from the lamp to the sofa should be about 0.3 m.

You can also experiment with the distances between the lamp and the sofa until you find the ideal distance for your room. 


To sum up, every room needs proper lighting to get the perfect look. You don’t want to have an over-abundance of lamps because they will be too bulky, so keep in mind that you should pick the right number of lamps according to the type of room that they are going to be placed in.

A living room should have the right number of lamps for it to be able to create a cozy and comfortable atmosphere. So, for this kind of room, the best option (on average) is between 1-3 floor lamps depending on the size of the room. The reason why you should stick to this number is that if you add more lamps than this, your room will start to look cluttered and not well-organized. If it’s not really huge, of course.

That’s everything regarding how many floor lamps should be placed in the living room. If you really like the look of many lamps but you want to keep your room organized, you can always hang several (not floor, of course) lamps on the wall or place them on the furniture. That way you can save space and it will look more organized. 

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