One of the best ways to change the look of a room is to buy new lampshades.

A new lampshade can not only offer a better look for the specific lamp it is placed in, but it can also improve the lighting in the room by increasing or decreasing the amount of light that the lamp emits. Most of the emphasis in lampshade decisions is on the decorative and aesthetic features they offer. However, focusing only on the appearance of the lampshade can lead to problems in the future.

Let's take a look at the details to make sure you're not wasting your precious time making your decision.

Measure. Measure. Measure. What may be the easiest step in the process is usually the one that is skipped. You need to measure the lampshades to make sure they will fit your lamp. The screens have three independent measurements that you should consider when purchasing:

The top diameter.
The bottom diameter.
The length of the side.

You can order a custom shade, but you may be able to find a general shade size in stock that works. You can always check lampshade sources like All-Lite for the measurements of a lampshade you are thinking of buying.


You'll also want to consider what material your lampshade is made of when it comes to how much light you would like the lamp to produce. Lampshades come in a variety of materials including glass, linen, burlap, porcelain, shantung, crystal, rustic fabrics, translucent, metal, oiled scrolls, leather, exotic and plain papers, and many other types of fabrics.

Once you have the measurements and the type of material you would like your display to be made of, now is the time to select the correct fit.

Types of fittings for lampshades:

The fit is simply how your lampshade will connect to your lamp. There are three ways this can be achieved and we will now explain them directly.

The most common display accessory is called the Spider. It has bands attached to the harp to change the size of the shadow. This is a desirable setting if you plan to use different lampshades at different times of the year.

A Uno lampshade does not use the harp and cannot be resized as it connects directly to the lamp holder. This type of shade is generally seen on smaller lamps.

A Clip-on fixture can be seen on both large and small lamps, as well as chandeliers. The fixture attaches directly to the bulb.

Other design and safety tips to consider:

The height of the lampshade should be approximately 3/4 the height of the base.

You want to leave a gap of at least three inches between the shade and the bulb so that the shade doesn't become a fire hazard. With that said, also keep in mind that glass and crystal displays require smaller bulbs.

The lampshades are very versatile. You can use them in accessories that you may not have considered wearing them with. Like a chandelier, for example. Old western style chandeliers commonly used lampshades,

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Let's take a look at the details to make sure you're not wasting your precious time making your decision.