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under $100: table lamps

by Grace Bonney

one of the guides you guys have been requesting the most lately is a guide to all things affordable lighting. seeing as that’s a fairly broad range of products i thought i’d kick things off with a guide to affordable table lamps, all under $100. i’ll be tackling affordable pendant lamps and chandeliers next, so stay tuned for that. until then, here are 35+ great options for affordable table lamps on the market.

[image above, clockwise from top left: $39, $48, (this sold out this morning, sign up for updates at the link provided), $69.95, $48, $20, $99, $88, $45, $16.99, $84.95, $99, $70 and up, $99.95]

[image above, clockwise from top left: $99, $95, $59, $99 and up]

CLICK HERE for the full 35+ lamp roundup after the jump!

[image above, clockwise from top left: $96, $100, $50 (could be used for a low side table), $100]

[image above: $59 each]

[image above, clockwise from top left: $95, $75, $99 each, $79]

[image above, left to right: $95, $93.50]

[image above, clockwise from top left: $99, $49.99, $75, $35, $99.95, $44.99, $69.99, $80.95]

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  • Wow- so many great choices- and perfect timing- I need a new one for my bedroom. I think the eva glass one may be perfect.

  • sorry, i’m not great at this, but i can’t figure out one of them: the flowered one in the top picture, to the left of the bunny, above the coral.
    help, please?

  • Hi, in the very first set, I can’t find the link for the lamp underneath the bunny lamp and above the coral lamp, directly next to the words “table lamp”…. am i missing it?

  • These are great! I would love to see this for floor lamps…I’m having such a hard time finding one that would work in my studio!

  • okay, seriously I think we are psychically linked. Lately I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect ‘unique’ table lamp for my living room. I left Home Goods & Target yesterday with 4 lamps, trying to decide which worked best. I’ll have to check out some of these before making my final decision.

  • i think there’s a link missing (for the lamp i like best!). it’s in the first (top of the post) grouping. the cylindrical one with the flower shade (to the left of the bunny lamp). can you help Grace? thanks!!!

  • yea – I pretty much despise most of the lighting fixtures in our house. But we also don’t have a lot of tables so most table-top lamps are out. Which sucks because so many of these are great.

  • I just bought the pink fawn lamp last week. Now to find an inexpensive aluminum side table to sit it on, and I will be ecstatic!

    Awesome roundup of lamps!

  • I just picked up my Liberty of London lampshade yesterday. It’s sold out online but may still be available in the store.

    Love the bunny lamp!

  • These are all spectacular! I kind of want them all except that a) it would cost more than $100 and b) I don’t have enough room in my house for 35+ lamps.

  • How about this great IKEA table lamp? Just bought one for me and I am loving it.

    It’s simple and it’s mouth blown which makes every single one unique.

    And check out the price!
    Mine is on my bedside table and the light is bright enough for me to read whilst not too bright so to wake partner up.

  • Wonderful! I am borderline obsessed with brightly colored task lamps, so this is right up my alley. Those Hi-light task lamps are very nice alternatives to similar lamps I’ve seen that are super pricey.

  • Thank you for this – I am especially looking forward to the pendant lights post and I have paper lanterns in all my rooms here because I have yet to see a pendant that I like and can afford at the same time!

    Our occasional lamps downstairs are peppermint green original Jielde lamps that my husband bought and I have a reproduction one upstairs from Restoration Hardware that I got a few years ago before we found the real thing in Paris.

  • I love all those lamps, im such a lamp junky. If I could have a collection of anything it would be lamps, I can appreciate all lamps from all eras, such a great selection! fun fun, you need a lamp of the day post….just a beautiful lamp…everyday…

  • Wow. Great roundup of lamps! I especially love the transparent Eva lamps from Pottery Barn. And the rabbit lamp. Totally different styles, but I love them both! Also, Jamie is totally right. Homegoods is a great place for affordable modern table lamps (and a bunch of other things). It’s just a bummer that you can’t shop Homegoods online!

  • OMG, your mom’s “handle” is MOMO? How charming. I can’t get my mom to look at my blog more than once in a great while :) BTW, Why I actually clicked on this post is to comment on what a great round-up this is and that I’ve been looking really hard for a swing-arm lamp like that in a fun color. Thanks!

  • Egads– have I waited too late to check out the Liberty of London at Target? Eek, I’ll scoot by Target this weekend and see what’s left :) I love the bunny and deer lamps– so sweet! :)

  • Perfect timing! I’ve been searching in vain for the perfect vintage-inspired desk lamp in cool candy colors. I just bought one of the PB Teen ones, thanks to your post. Woo!

  • So, do you get paid by these companies when someone orders by clicking on your site – like PPC – that Google does? Does anyone have experiences to share? Is there another “place” that does that besides Google?

    • letha

      absolutely not. i don’t accept money for posts, don’t put in shopping links that i get revenue from, and don’t participate in affiliate programs. i’m not a fan of seeing that on any site, especially not mine.

      are you looking for reviews of the products? you could try amazon or thisnext.com for actual owner-feedback.


    • Nina

      There are plenty of items under $50 in most under $100 posts, but I find it too limiting to under $50 for everything because then you end up having to buy poorly made plastic items a lot of the time, depending on the topic.

      If this price point is too high I would suggest trying used shops and thrift stores for great used designs (and eBay.) at a lower cost.

      I don’t want DS to become so focused on low costs that we lose site of supporting indie and handmade artists-whose work is often more expensive because of the time put into their pieces.

      $100 may seem like a lot sometimes but I think it’s often a better idea to save up for well designed, higher quality pieces, rather than turn to super low cost work, which often forces you to sacrifice quality and craftsmanship.


  • I absolutely love lamps and spent a good chunk of my under grad doing design studies of them.
    This is a wonderful post. I especially like how you included such a variety of styles which can compliment multiple room aesthetics.

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