Best affordable plug-in wall sconces

*Post last updated on February 24, 2021

A few months ago, I wrote about my struggle to find small nightstands for our guest bedroom. I found several really great options, but unfortunately they were all a bit too wide. Ultimately, Brian ended up making a set of matching nightstands that are each only 11 inches wide. While this was a great solution, the small nightstands are too small for traditional tabletop lamps. 

Instead, we are planning to purchase some plug-in wall-mount sconces to free up the top of the nightstands. We thought about having them wired into the wall, but it would cost several hundred dollars for an electrician and plaster repair. Plus, if the sconces are wired into the wall, it limits your ability to reposition furniture in the room in the future. You are basically stuck with the bed on that wall in that exact spot forever.

If you are worried about the exposed cord (I know its not ideal), know that many of the plug-in wall sconces have clear electrical cords. Another option is to purchase cord cover kit that you can paint to match the color of your wall.

After researching seemingly endless options, I have compiled my favorite affordable plug-in wall sconces. All of the sconces below are under $100 and many come in multiple finishes. Keep reading for a list of the best affordable plug-in wall sconces.

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1. Osias 1-Light Plug-in Armed Sconce from Wayfair

Osias 1-Light Plug-in Armed Sconce from Wayfair
Osias 1-Light Plug-in Armed Sconce from Wayfair

I really like this modern industrial sconce. It would add interest and color to any bedroom. It would look especially nice with the black metal beds that are so popular right now. This sconce also comes in grey. Edit: Although this sconce is not currently in stock, Wayfair has a set of two seemingly identical sconces available for $140.49. Here is the link to the Glenwood 2 – Light Dimmable Armed Sconce (Set of 2).

2. Kadin 1-Light Spotlight from Wayfair

Kadin 1-Light Spotlight from Wayfair
Kadin 1-Light Spotlight from Wayfair

This black and gold articulating sconce is so classy. This sconce would really make a statement in a guestroom while still providing an adjustable light source. It is currently available on Wayfair for $87.99. I also found a very similar (if not identical) light on Amazon for $59.95.

3. Kenroy Home Sheppard Wall Swing Arm Lamp from Amazon

 Kenroy Home Sheppard Wall Swing Arm Lamp from Amazon
Kenroy Home Sheppard Wall Swing Arm Lamp from Amazon

I like this sconce because it is fairly neutral and would go with just about any decor. I also think the swing arm is very functional. I did notice that there are a few bad reviews on Amazon about this product that suggest it is not well made. It is currently available on Amazon for $88.99.

4. Kira Home Cambridge 13″ Swing Arm Wall Lamp from Amazon

Kira Home Cambridge 13" Swing Arm Wall Lamp from Amazon
Kira Home Cambridge 13″ Swing Arm Wall Lamp from Amazon

This sconce is similar to the one listed above, but it has much better reviews. It also has the functional swing arm and comes in oil-rubbed bronze. If you need two sconces for either side of the bed, it also comes in a two-pack for even more savings. It is listed on Amazon for $72.99 for one or $121.99 for a set of two.

5. Wilcox Globe 17″ High Pin-Up Wall Sconce from Lamps Plus

Wilcox Globe 17" High Pin-Up Wall Sconce from Lamps Plus
Wilcox Globe 17″ High Pin-Up Wall Sconce from Lamps Plus

This wall sconce would be perfect for a more glamorous room. The clear crystal globes add tons of style and interest. Edit: Unfortunately, this sconce is no longer available. I found a similarly glam sconce at Home Depot for $70.93. You can view the Waterton 1-Light Chrome Sconce here.

6. Lutterworth Wall 1-Light Plug-in Armed Sconce from Wayfair

Lutterworth Wall 1-Light Plug-in Armed Sconce from Wayfair
Lutterworth Wall 1-Light Plug-in Armed Sconce from Wayfair

This vintage-inspired sconce is so much fun. I think it would look super cute in our 100-year-old home. The arm is adjustable and the green shade adds character and color. Plus, according to the reviews it is very easy to install. Edit: Unfortunately, it appears that this sconce is no longer available. I wasn’t able to find anything similar online. However, if you like the colors of this lamp, I found a midcentury modern sconce with similar colors from Overstock. Check out this wall sconce with brass accents here.

7. Rivet Mid-Century Modern Starburst Wall Sconce Lamp from Amazon

Rivet Mid-Century Modern Starburst Wall Sconce Lamp from Amazon
Rivet Mid-Century Modern Starburst Wall Sconce Lamp from Amazon

This mid-century-inspired wall sconce is a piece of art. Not only is it beautiful, it also has two bulbs so it would provide a lot of light. This sconce also comes in a polished nickel finish if gold isn’t to your taste. Edit: The price on this scone went up since my original post. It is now available on Amazon for $117.69.

8. Joanna Metal Sconce from Urban Outfitters

Joanna Metal Sconce from Urban Outfitters
Joanna Metal Sconce from Urban Outfitters

I love the rustic vintage feel of this light punched metal light. The burnished brass finish is charming and this light would look so cute in a child’s bedroom. Edit: Unfortunately this light too is no longer available. Although I couldn’t find anything similar online, Urban Outfitters has a very cool adjustable sconce available. Check out the Simon Adjustable Sconce here.

Summary

If you are able to spend a bit more, I recommend taking a look at Pottery Barn and West Elm. They have some really nice options but they are generally over $100 each. 

Ultimately, we ended up purchasing two sconces similar to the two brushed nickel swing arm sconces above. We ultimately went with the Vera Modern Swing Arm Wall light. (This link is to the bronze finish because the polished nickel appears to be out of stock.) In addition to liking the look of this sconce, we loved that it is dimmable and has a USB charging port. This way our guests can easily charge their devices without having to move furniture to find an outlet.

My guest bedroom with the new plug-in wall sconces
My guest bedroom with the new plug-in wall sconces

There are several other nice options on Amazon for plug-in wall sconces with USB charging ports (see above photos). My favorites include the Bedside Wall Mount Light, the Alta Ilumina Wall Sconce, and the Bedside Wall Lamp with Dimmable Switch. These lights make your guest room feel like a hotel.

If you love getting great deals, you might want to read my post on making the most out of Black Friday shopping. You can definitely get some deals on lights around that time.

Which sconce is your favorite? Do you have any recommendations for affordable plug-in wall sconces? Let me know in the comments!

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