There is so much variation in the prices of lamps. I’ve see retail pricing upwards of $2000 for a marble and silk number and as low as $25 for a brand new lamp. What is the difference? What are important things to consider? Get ready to learn and see some beautiful lamps at various price points
- Dimple Carafe Table Lamp by Jaime Young 2. Raywick Table Lamp by Bassett Mirror 3. Phoenix Table Lamp by Surya 4. Block Faux Marble Table Lamp by Pacific Coast Lighting 5. Celinda Table Lamp by The Uttermost Company 6. Adobe Table Lamp by Jaime Young
Quality & Materials
Everyone knows this is my favorite word. What is quality in a lamp? Does it feel sturdy? What is it made of? If it’s metal, does it feel light or heavy? What type of material is the shade? What do the seams on the shade look like? Does anything seem wobbly or loose?
Assessing a lamp’s quality is fairly easy. Because we have certain standards in the U.S. for the safety of the electrical functioning of lamps, you probably don’t have to worry about a brand new lamp burning your house down. Otherwise, quality assessment is mostly does it look and feel like a quality item. Unlike an upholstered piece of furniture, like an occasional chair or sofa, there isn’t much hidden with a lamp. It’s all there for you to see.
Another factor in price is the expense of the materials used. If the lamp has some very expensive materials, like shagreen or marble or rare woods, it will be more expensive.
- Drexel Table Lamp by The Uttermost Company 2. Suzanne Kasler Gourd Lamp by Ballard Designs 3. Allen Table Lamp by Surya 4. Coast Lamp by Surya 5. Blue Table Lamp by Pacific Coast Lighting 6. Ripley Table Lamp by Pacific Coast Lighting
This is probably THE biggest determinant of price on a lamp outside of the. Is it a brand name or a designer lamp? If you’re really into brand names and designer products get ready to spend some money. That being said, designer companies and brand-specific lamps are usually made with higher quality materials.
- Stuart Faux Shagreen Table Lamp by Ballard Designs 2. Cairo Table Lamp by Port 68 3. Sakana Gray Textured Table Lamp by The Uttermost Company 4. Harlow Shagreen Cylinder Lamp by Regina Andrew 5. Raymond Table Lamp in Gray by Jaime Young 6. Clara Ceramic Shagreen Lamp by Regina Andrew
The Cost of Lamps
If you really want a stylish lamp that is made from higher quality materials you are looking at $150 or more per lamp retail at minimum… Unless you’re regularly cruising through Home Goods and stumble on a great deal!
If you want to read more about the cost and quality of furniture and accessories, make sure you read our “How Much Should I Spend?” series. We cover topics like sofas, accent chairs, counter tops. If you need help making design selections for your home, call us or schedule your complimentary Design and Style phone consultation here.