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Are Floor Lamps Safe for a Nursery? Find Out Here!

As you stand in the nursery, wondering whether the warm glow of a floor lamp is a safe choice for your baby's haven.

This article cuts through the uncertainty, offering actionable insights and solutions that reassure and guide.

Dive in as we explore how to make floor lamps a safe, stylish, and functional part of your nursery, turning potential hazards into harmonious highlights.

Your journey to a beautifully lit, baby-safe space starts here.

Key Takeaways

Floor lamps can be a tipping hazard in a nursery. Choose stable floor lamps with cord management and soft lighting for safe use in nurseries. However, alternative lighting solutions may provide better safety and functionality tailored to a nursery's specific needs.

Risk of a floor lamp in the nursery

Tipping Hazard

Floor lamps can easily be knocked over by curious toddlers or during play, posing a risk of injury. Even pets can cause these lamps to topple, creating a potentially dangerous situation.

Electrical Cord Risk

The electrical cords of floor lamps can be a strangulation hazard for young children. Cords on the floor can be dangerous for babies and toddlers. They may pull on or chew them, leading to electrical shocks or damage to the lamp.

Burn Risk

Some floor lamps, especially halogen or incandescent models, can get very hot to the touch. This poses a burn risk if a child comes into contact with the bulb or lampshade.

Glass Parts or Bulbs

Floor lamps with glass shades or bulbs can be hazardous if the lamp is knocked over. Broken glass can lead to serious injuries, such as cuts or lacerations.

Chemical Exposure

Certain floor lamps or their components might contain harmful substances like lead in the paint or BPA in plastic parts. If children are exposed to these chemicals, especially through chewing on accessible parts, it could pose a health risk.

Improper Illumination

Floor lamps may not provide the type of diffused, soft lighting ideal for a nursery. Harsh, direct light from a floor lamp could disrupt a baby's sleep cycle or cause discomfort.

Space Consumption

In small nurseries, floor lamps can take up valuable space that could be used more efficiently. The physical footprint of a lamp, including its base and cord, might restrict movement and play area in the nursery.


Bright floor lamps can be too exciting for babies, making it hard for them to calm down and sleep.


As children grow, they become more mobile and can access floor lamps easily. This increases the risk of the lamp being used inappropriately, such as being climbed on or played with, which could lead to accidents.

7 Ways to Make Floor Lamps Safer for the Nursery

Position the Lamp Behind the Furniture

Placing the lamp behind furniture in the nursery helps it blend in with the decor. This also reduces the risk of the lamp getting knocked over. This strategic positioning adds an extra layer of stability and safety.

Loop a String Around the Lamp's Pole and Tie It to a Wall-Mounted Hook

This simple yet effective method secures the lamp firmly, minimizing the risk of tipping. Attaching the lamp to the wall makes the nursery safer for kids to play or walk around.

Glue the Lamp Base to the Floor

For a more permanent solution, affixing the lamp base to the floor ensures it stays in place. This method is particularly useful for heavier lamps that, if tipped, could pose a significant hazard.

Choose a Floor Lamp with a Wide, Heavy Base

Selecting a lamp designed for stability is crucial. A wide, heavy base supports the lamp more effectively, significantly reducing the likelihood of it tipping over.

For those in search of dependable stability in floor lamps, our selection of floor lamp with heavy base models is designed to offer peace of mind with robust and wide bases ideal for households with children and pets.

Hide the Cords

Cords present a tripping hazard and the temptation for little ones to pull on them. Keeping cords hidden and out of reach ensures both the safety of the child and the stability of the lamp.

Related: 2024's Ultimate Guide on How to Hide Floor Lamp Cords

Choose a Cordless Floor Lamp

Cordless lamps eliminate the risk of tripping and electrical hazards. They offer flexibility in placement and are becoming increasingly popular for use in child-friendly environments.

Place the Lamp in Low Traffic Areas

Positioning the lamp in areas that see less foot traffic minimizes the risk of it being bumped or knocked over. This careful placement further ensures the nursery remains a safe space for your child.

 Related: Where to Put a Floor Lamp: Best Spots

Alternatives to Nursery Floor Lamps

Table Lamp

table lamp offers a flexible lighting solution that can be placed out of reach of young children. Its mobility allows for easy adjustment and relocation, making it a practical choice for changing nursery layouts.

Ceiling Light and Fan Combo

Ceiling Light and Fan Combo

Combining illumination with ventilation, a ceiling light and fan combo keeps the nursery well-lit and comfortable. This option eliminates the risk of tipping, providing a safe environment for your child.

The SUNMORY Dimmable Ceiling Fan with Light presents a good choice.

Wall Lamp

Wall lamps are excellent for creating a soft, ambient light that doesn't take up floor space. Mounted out of reach, they reduce the risk of accidents, making them a safe choice for nurseries.

10 Tips for Lighting a Children's Nursery

Avoid Harsh Lighting

Bright, glaring lights can overwhelm sensitive eyes. Opt for soft, diffused lighting that gently illuminates without causing discomfort.

Install a Dimmer

A dimmer switch allows you to adjust the brightness of lights. This can be helpful for different times of day or night. It makes it easier to set the lighting for your child.

Layer the Light

Use various lights for various purposes. Ambient light provides overall brightness. Task light is for specific tasks. Accent light highlights nursery features.

Avoid Burns

Choose LED lights, which stay cool to the touch, over traditional bulbs that can get hot and pose a risk to curious hands.

Control Natural Light

Use adjustable window treatments to manage daylight, ensuring the room can be darkened for naps or brightened for playtime.

Don’t Forget the Night Light

A soft night light provides comfort during the night, helping to alleviate fears of the dark and allowing for safer nighttime check-ins.

Adjustable Color Temperature

Lights with adjustable color temperatures can mimic natural daylight cycles, promoting better sleep habits and well-being.

Timing Function

Lamps with timers can turn off by themselves, saving energy and helping you stick to a bedtime schedule.

Keep Lights Soft and Inviting

Warm, gentle lighting creates a cozy, soothing atmosphere conducive to relaxation and sleep.

Keep Cords Out of Reach

Securely manage or hide cords to eliminate tripping hazards and reduce the risk of electrical accidents.

Before You Leave

Considering a floor lamp for your nursery? Check out SUNMORY Floor Lamps, designed with safety and stability for the little ones in mind.

For more tips on floor lamps, visit SUNMORY Lighting Tips & Guides.

Start crafting a safe, cozy space for your baby today.

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