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Lamp Shade Size & Fitting

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

Email the answers to 7 questions below. We will perform an actual lamp shade fitting here in our showroom using a lamp with the same measurements as yours. Allow about 15 minutes and we will email the exact shade size that fits your lamp perfectly - guaranteed.

  1. BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Table Lamp or Floor Lamp, Style, Material, Color
  2. NUMBER of LIGHT BULBS
  3. HEIGHT - See Photo Below:
    • SINGLE BULB LAMPS - Left Photo: From top of the socket to bottom of lamp base
    •  MULTI BULB LAMPS- Middle Photo: From top of the light cluster body to bottom of lamp base
    • GLASS REFLECTOR BOWL LAMPS- Right Photo: From top of glass to bottom of lamp base
    • If your lamp has a different configuration, email a photo and we will ask the proper questions for a perfect fit
  4. BASE WIDTH: Across very bottom of the lamp base
  5. BODY WIDTH: Across widest portion of the lamp body excluding the base(width not circumference)
  6. YOUR PREFERENCE: I will fit the shade that you prefer - Select your favorite shape or style
  7. 1 PHOTO of your lamp is helpful but not necessary.

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

Find most any lamp shade by browsing our website.

Custom lamp shades are available up to 96" wide USA American hand crafted of silk, mica, metal, fabric & paper.

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