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Sizing a lampshade to fit your lamp
is not as difficult as it might seem. Simply follow the easy instructions
below, and you'll be able to order a great looking new lampshade
that will fit your lamp perfectly.
Lampshades are measured and sized according to:
For example, 10" top, 16" bottom, 12" side.
- width across the top
- width across the bottom
- height down the side
The measurements on our site are displayed TOP X BOTTOM X
- The shade is normally 40% of the total height of the lamp, from the top of the slant to the bottom of the lamp.
If you have an existing shade and want a similar one,
simply measure it and find our shade with a similar measurement.
If the measurements are not exactly the same as your shade,
the height is the most important size to match with your
If you do not have an existing shade or simply want something
different in style and/or size, measure from the top of the lamp's
harp to just below the socket in which the bulb fits. Then match
it to the height of a shade on our site.
Choosing the Correct Fitter
There are five distinct ways nearly all lampshades fit onto a lamp,
using three varieties of fitters:
This is the most common lamp fitter. The washer fit (1/2"
ring) will fit on one of the following settings:
Most table lamps use a harp to hold
the shade, then allowing a finial to be screwed on top.
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Many floor lamps and some desk and table lamps have
a vertical rod (1/2" wide) on which the
Some floor lamps or table lamps have a white
globe (measuring 6" - 10" across the top). The
shade will simply sit on top of the globe. The shade will
have notches in the wire to keep it from sliding out of
Unless otherwise noted (ie., uno), all of our lampshades
larger than 10" use a washer style fitter. The spider on all of these styles of lampshades, unless specifically noted, is approximately 1/2" below the top of the shade.
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The standard bulb clip is used predominantly on smaller table
lamps. All of our shades may be made into bulb
clips at your request. You may purchase a bulb clip adapter
candelabra bulb clip fits chandeliers and wall sconces
5", and 6" shades).
NOTE: Any shade with a washer fitter can be modified to use
a clip fitter.
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This shade has a 1" ring with inner threads which screw onto
the lamp socket, and is used mostly on antique floor lamps.
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Points to Remember
Most lamps will accomodate a different style or size lampshade
than what was on it when you purchased or acquired it.
A different size harp, or the addition of a screw-on extender
to the harp, can help make your new shade fit even better.
If you have any questions about style, size, or fitter please
give us a call.
Also don't hesitate to ask for our assistance in choosing a
great looking new shade for your lamp.
And don't forget that Brown's Lampshades has thousands of lampshades
to choose from that are not on our web site. Please call if you
are having trouble finding a particular shade.
Our toll-free number is 1-866-908-1396, please ask for David.
Brown's Lampshades is a 62-year-old family business located
in Zionsville, Indiana, just north of Indianapolis. We specialize
in lighting and home furnishings, and have been selling lampshades
for over 40 years. We know lampshades and are confident we
can help you pick out the perfect shade.
We guarantee that one of our lampshades will greatly enhance
the look of your lamp and improve the decor of your home.
All of our shades are of the highest quality and will last for
We feel so strongly that you will love your new lampshade from
Brown's Lampshades that we offer a 100% money back guarantee
on any lampshade purchased from us, no questions asked.
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