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Save Space with a Floor Lamp Table

Updated on June 29, 2014

Smart Furniture for Small Spaces: Lighting and End Table in One Convenient Piece

What do you get when you combine a floor lamp with a side table? A very practical piece of furniture for decorating a small living space, that's what!

There are floor lamps, and there are occasional tables... and then there's a hard-to-name piece of furniture that's somewhere in between:

  • An end table with an attached light fixture?
  • A floor lamp with a built-in tray or table?
It depends on whether the table or lamp is topside in the equation. (Take a look at some of the different styles of hybrid designs here, and you'll soon see what I mean!) But whatever you call this type of furniture, I think you'll agree that a floor lamp table lamp combo is both decorative and convenient for anyone who lives and entertains in a smaller space.

Featured: Oak End Table with Swing Arm Lamp

Practical Furniture - Featured: Side Lamp Table with Drawer

I love the idea of using one piece of floor for two purposes, making the most of your cubic inches in a small living space, and keeping down the clutter of things you'll need to vacuum around. These days, with more of us downsizing, choosing a two-in-one "floor lamp table" just makes good sense. But the idea itself is actually not all that new.

In fact, I first came across one of these clever combos in a rental cottage that had been decorated in the 1920s or 1930s, very retro, a traditional pine table with a simple articulated fixture very much like the one shown here. (The second one I saw was quite different, a concierge style all in modern chrome metal and translucent glass, in a compact urban apartment that had been professionally decorated as a show unit. The third was similar to one of the more formal Kathy Ireland designs, below. There's one for every taste!)

Leick Furniture Chairside Lamp Table, Medium Oak
Leick Furniture Chairside Lamp Table, Medium Oak

This is the hardwood lamp table featured above, of solid hardwood construction. Measuring a compact 12 inches wide by 23.5 inches deep, it's a useful compact size to slide in beside an armchair or couch, wherever you need both extra table space and some extra light. Lampshade in ecru color is included.

 

Wood Magazine Rack Lamp Table - Traditional Mission Oak Style Lamp End Table with Built-In Magazine Holder

Simple traditional furniture styles like this bring together the floor lamp height lighting with a time-honored magazine table you may recall from your grandmother's living room or the summer cottage, as they were all the rage just after the war and hardly a home was without its reading chair and companion table. Maybe your magazine is more likely to be a tablet than a glossy, these days, but the practical move of setting a task light and a small table by your favorite chair remains a smart idea in furnishing and decorating for a home that's meant to be actively lived in.

208 Fryar Design LTD Berkley Magazine Rack Lamp
208 Fryar Design LTD Berkley Magazine Rack Lamp

I grew up with a Mission style magazine table very similar to this one in our home, and love its clean lines. The basket on the lower level is great for holding your knitting supplies while watching TV - my grandmother used to use it for that purpose - and this gorgeous version has an integrated lamp that means you won't have to worry about knocking a table lamp off with an elbow when changing position or reaching for your coffee cup. Very classy, very convenient.

 

Two-Shelf Modern Floor Lamp Table - Doubles as a clever room divider

In a completely different mood, but equally practical, here's another table-lamp-table I'm quite excited about. When you want to divide your room into different zones for different activities, a combination of lamp and end table shelves is a smart solution. On one side, your dining area and on the other your lounge or reading nook, perhaps?

Double Shelf Space Saver Floor Lamp
Double Shelf Space Saver Floor Lamp

Crisp mid-century modern style infuses this smart design in brushed steel and ebony. With the accent of the black finished wood shelves, it is both elegant and extremely functional, either set by a couch or chair, as a side table, or end-on to a wall in a larger open-plan room, as a subtle divider to delineate areas while it gives you an extra bit of horizontal surface for display, storage or service when you're entertaining.

 

On the other side of the combo balance, we have floor lamps that incorporate a surface that's just large enough to hold a few essentials, often the size of a cocktail tray at best. Where space is desperately tight and you're lucky to find a few square feet for a floor lamp, these hybrid pieces may be a good solution.

I'm just a bit enchanted with the floor lamp tray table I saw - much like the arrangement pictured here - in the room of an elderly lady friend.

Her condo in an assisted-living seniors' residence is lovely, but it is not large. The floor lamp tray table by her favorite armchair gives her good light for reading and a convenient surface to hold her tea cup, TV remote, and other items close at her elbow when she needs them.

Buckingham Floor Lamp with Built-in Tray Style Table

The articulated swing arm on the light is particularly useful if you've got a limited number of options for where you can place a lamp, either because of a limited amount of available floor space in which to put it or because of too few electrical outlets, or (in my home) outlets that are never quite where you really need them to be. The double elbows let you rotate and position the lighting in exactly the right position.

Kathy Ireland Buckingham Glass Tray Floor Lamp
Kathy Ireland Buckingham Glass Tray Floor Lamp

Rich in detail and and traditional style, Kathy Ireland's floor lamps with an integrated tray table are a beautiful and practical addition to your formal living room. This one, the Buckingham design, has a Victorian-inspired feel to it that would make it an appropriate companion for traditional furniture or antiques.

 

Floor Lamps with Tray Tables

The well-named concierge style or tray floor lamp is perfect for a strategic corner, where the built-in tiny table is ready to receive your guest's empty glass - or try it in the foyer, to add welcome light and collect your mail and keys.

Can't you just see one of these unique floor lamps tucked into in a cosy reading corner in an urban loft? So minimalist in its lines, with a nod back in time to heritage craftsman. At the moment, I think these styles are my favorite lamp-tables of all.

67" Rustic Bronze and Black Marble Woven Rattan End Table Floor Lamp
67" Rustic Bronze and Black Marble Woven Rattan End Table Floor Lamp

Modern in its design, but perhaps with a touch of retro commercial decor in the rattan shade? Black marble and rustic bronze finish are ideal for the urban cowboy or Wall Street bachelor, paired with deep leather sofa and chair in vintage tones, accents in glass.

 
Nova Lighting 2473 Ventana Tray Floor Lamp, Dark Brown Wood, Brushed Nickel & Glass with Elephantine Parchment Shade
Nova Lighting 2473 Ventana Tray Floor Lamp, Dark Brown Wood, Brushed Nickel & Glass with Elephantine Parchment Shade

A beautiful and useful floor lamp/table to complement your Mission style furnishings or lodge decor style. The glow in the base (nice touch!) comes from a nightlight-sized bulb.

 

Tight Quarters? - When one piece of furniiture can take the place of two pieces, it can help...

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Define Your Space - How smart are these lamp-and-table combinations?

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    • takkhisa profile image

      Takkhis 3 years ago

      What a great idea! These are stylish and nice.

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      One of the best ideas for tight spots.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      These lamps/table combos are so helpful. I had one years ago, but not now ... I miss mine.

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      I like these! I think furniture should be practical and make the most use of space while looking good- these really do all that!

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      Moe Wood 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      Honestly I have never seen these kinds of lamps anywhere. We could definitely use one. I am always complaining about moving around laps and tables.

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      LornsA178 4 years ago

      These are perfect for small space homes. I would love to have this in our room.

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      Ahdilarum 5 years ago

      Unbelievable models of table lamps..great collection..

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      Kristen 5 years ago from Boston

      I like the magazine table lamps.