How To Choose a Perfect Lampshade - A Lampshade Buying Guide

Need help choosing the right size lampshade? When selecting the perfect shade for your table or floor lamp you need to consider the scale and style of your lamp.

Check out our short video below to learn more or read on for more detail from our pros:



Top Diameter

The top diameter of your shade will help you to determine what shape lampshade you would like for your lamp. If the top and bottom are equal in diameter, this is called a drum shade. If the top diameter is smaller than the bottom diameter, there are several styles to choose from including a bell, pembroke or empire lampshade shape. 

Bottom Diameter / Width

The bottom diameter of your shade should be approximately equal in width as the length from the bottom of the lamp base to the socket. The bottom diameter should also be 2x wider than the widest part of the lamp base. For a round base, measure straight across at the widest part of the lamp. For a square base, measure diagonally. For all other bases, measure from base to socket. 


The bottom diameter is the most important measurement as you can always raise or lower your shade using one of our adjustable harps. Shop our adjustable harps here.

Slant / Height

The slant is the measurement from the top of the shade to the bottom. The slant, or height should be about two-thirds the height of your lamp base.


How to Choose the Right Lamp Shade Fabric

Our shades come in a large range of materials to help you achieve the right look for your space.

Linen fabric shades work well on lamps for spaces that are more casual or that need translucent ambient lighting. Think of these as spaces where you may need ample light for reading or having conversations like bedrooms or living rooms. Silk shades are great for formal spaces such as living rooms, entryways, and bedrooms. If you want to create moodiness in a room or highlight an object, consider an opaque shade. Rather than diffusing light evenly across a space like the translucent shades, opaque shades create up and down beams of light that can add drama to a room.

How to Choose the Right Shade Style 

Pleated, Scalloped, Smooth - Oh My! At Lux Lampshades, we offer a variety of styles, colors, and fabric options. 

If you’re going for a contemporary look, select something like a hardback or opaque shade to add a touch of modern to your lamp. If you want a traditional look, consider pleated or gathered shades to up the sophistication. 

Looking to make your space feel a tad more coastal? Check out our raffia and jute shade options. If you want to add a pop of color in the room or simply compliment a color scheme you already have, consider one of our colorful fabric shades to add cheer and dimension to your room.

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