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Lamp Shade Size & Fitting

Our free professional lamp shade fitting is just like bringing your lamp into our showroom and works perfectly for thousands of customers since 1975.

Email answers to 7 questions below. We will perform a Real Time Lamp Shade Fitting. Sounds unusual but Jeremiah is a real Lamp Shade Pro with decades of expereience and he will actually fit one of our lamps with the same measurements as yours right here in our showroom. Allow about 15 minutes and he will email the exact shade size that fits your lamp perfectly guaranteed. Lamp shade fittings are done during eastern business hours.

  1. BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Table Lamp or Floor Lamp, Style, Material, Color
  2. NUMBER of LIGHT BULBS
  3. HEIGHT - As specified in one of the 3 photos below:
    • Left Photo: SINGLE BULB LAMPS - Measure from top of the socket to bottom of lamp base
    •  Mid Photo: MULTI BULB LAMPS - Measure from top of the light cluster body to bottom of lamp base
    • Right Photo: GLASS REFLECTOR BOWL LAMPS - Measure from top of glass to bottom of lamp base
    • If your lamp has a different configuration from these 3, email a photo and we will ask the proper questions for a perfect fit
  4. BOTTOM of BASE WIDTH: Across the very bottom of the lamp base
  5. BODY WIDTH: Across widest portion (belly/mid section) of the lamp body excluding the base (measure width not circumference)
  6. YOUR SHADE PREFERENCE: I will fit the shade style that you prefer - Select your favorite lamp shade
  7. 1 PHOTO of your lamp is helpful but not necessary.
  8. PLEASE IGNORE YOUR HARP SIZE. We fit lampshades to lamps, not to harps. We will tell you the correct harp size needed for the shade size that fits your lamp. You can then order the correct harp size if needed.

Lamp Shade Fitting - Lamp Styles

There is little science and a great deal of art in selecting the correct size and fitting lamp shade for any lamp. Lamp shade size and fitting formulas and specific guidelines have been around for a very long time but they are random hit and miss at their very best. Simply put, there are far too many possible variations to rely on any formula. Combine just 3 simple characteristics of style, shape and size with a plethora of individual personal preferences and the number of different combinations are staggering. Specific lamp shade size fitting guides and formulas are not just misleading, they usually end in failure.

Many customers select lampshades all by themselves. Below are some general guidelines that may help. Shade bottom width is the most important measurement with the strongest visual impact

  • 3-6" Bottom Width - Fits chandeliers and petite wall sconces
  • 8-10" Bottom Width - Fits very small boudoir size lamps and small wall sconces
  • 10-12" Bottom Width - Fits buffet candlestick lamps and medium size wall lamps
  • 13-14" Bottom Width - Fits small - medium table and floor lamps & swing arm lamps
  • 15-16" Bottom Width - World's most popular lamp shade size fits most average size table & floor lamps
  • 17-24" Bottom Width - Fits larger fuller size table and floor lamps

We do a lot more than just take orders. Email or call Seth Hoyle with your lamp shade fitting questions.