Why Every Small Kitchen Should Have a Clamp Lamp

Why Every Small Kitchen Should Have a Clamp Lamp

Cambria Bold
Apr 16, 2015

One of the best purchases I made in my rental kitchen makeover was to purchase two IKEA clamp lamps for the wall by the island. Like most rentals, my overhead lighting is subpar, I have no under-cabinet lighting, and while I do have windows, that doesn't really help me when it gets dark out!

Since then I've realized that clamp lamps are a totally brilliant, doable, and budget-friendly necessity for small kitchens — or really, any kitchen! Here's why.

No more working in a dim kitchen! A clamp lamp offers an immediate spotlight on your workspace, into the dark recesses of the pantry, or to the back of your cabinet. You can screw the lamp into the wall, as I did with the RANARP lights from IKEA, but most clamp lamps can just be clipped on a shelf, table, window sill, or countertop, and plugged into an outlet.

(Image credit: Plümo)
A clamp lamp clipped to a kitchen shelf, via Residence Magazine
(Image credit: Residence Magazine)

You can go as cheap or expensive with clamp lamps as your budget allows. Choose a super cheap classic like this one from Home Depot, or scale up to an arty version like the one shown directly above, or something like this awesome brass and wood version from Fab. (Love!)

Clamp lamps clipped on a kitchen beam to light the countertop, via Desire to Inspire
(Image credit: Anna & Ellit via Desire to Inspire)

It's such an easy solution for a maddening problem (not enough light).

5 Clamp Lamps for The Kitchen

Feeling inspired? Check out these five picks:

  1. Modal Lamp, $77 from Fab
  2. RANARP Wall/Clamp Spotlight, $19.99 from IKEA
  3. Hampton Bay Satin Chrome Clamp Lamp, $16 from Home Depot
  4. Modern Clip Lamp, $59 from Land of Nod
  5. Adesso Jumbo Clip Lamp, $9.99 from Bed Bath and Beyond

Do you have clamp lamps in your kitchen?

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