The 13 Coolest Desk Lamps for Your Dorm Room

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You’ll soon figure out that your dorm room has nowhere near enough lighting for the day, let alone for when you need to pull an all-nighter, so desk lamps are essential for all collegiettes. However, after all the effort you’ve put into decorating your room, you don’t want to be let down by having a really boring desk lamp! We’ve compiled a list of the best desk lamps to brighten up your dorm room.

1. Teen Vogue Desk Lamp from Dormify: $39.99

This is such a fun lamp! Not only will it literally brighten up your room, but it comes in a great selection of colors to brighten up your room’s color scheme as well. This lamp can also pivot easily so that it can light up any part of your room as you need it. We love this hot pink color, but it also comes in red, lime, or black.

2. Room Essentials Stick Lamp with Flower Print from Target, $16.99

If you’ve chosen a floral theme for your dorm room, then this lamp will complete your look. It’s a simple stick lamp, but the lampshade is so pretty and will make any bare dorm room look a little more interesting.

3. Flexible Neck Easy Clip College Lamp from OCM, $14.95

This might not be the prettiest of the lamps, but it’s so handy. If you’re working in bed or are even just sitting with your laptop, it’s great to be able to have a lamp right next to you. Sometimes the best way to do to this isn’t your usual desk lamp on your bedside table, but to find a lamp that you can clip to your headboard (if you have one). This is such a great space saver if you don’t have a huge bedside table of if you’ve already filled yours with something else!

4. White Resin Table Lamp from Target, $29.99 - $39.99

This classic lamp is gorgeous. While serving its purpose, it’ll also bring a bit of fun to your room, since it’s one of the cutest lamps that we found. Shown here in pink for $29.99, it’s also available in blue (at $39.99).

5. Verilux SmartLight Curve Desk Lamp from Bed Bath & Beyond, $29.99

If you’re not looking for anything the least bit traditional, then this desk lamp is more up your alley. It’s also meant to replicate natural daylight so that you can study and read for longer than you would be able to with a regular lamp. Perfect for those of you who plan on pulling all-nighters!

6. Spot Light Lamp from Target, $34.39

This is the coolest lamp we’ve found, and it’s perfect for anyone who loves movies! If you’re avoiding boring lamps, then this is the one for you; it’s sure to attract comments from your friends. This would make such a cool addition to any dorm room, especially in this gorgeous teal color.

About The Author

Lauren is the President/Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus Exeter, as well as the Manager of UK Expansion and a National Writer for While she has worked with Her Campus Exeter it has achieved Pink Chapter Level status and has grown to its current status as one of the most successful chapters internationally. She's determined to grow Her Campus in the UK this year and so is looking foward to working on increasing the number of HC UK chapters and to helping the established chapters improve and develop. This summer she was lucky enough to intern in the Her Campus Head Office in Boston, and had the most amazing time -- any time she can go back, she will! In her spare time Lauren loves to play tennis, catch up with her friends, go for long walks in the Scottish countryside or to watch chick-flicks under her duvet. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @laurenhudson25.