Buying a new lampshade involves not just taking the measurements of the old lampshade but also noticing what type of fitting is used to connect the lampshade to the lamp. The new lampshade does not have to be an exact copy of the shade you're replacing, but it should fit well with the style and shape of the lamp.Continue Reading
Use a measuring tape or ruler to measure the diameter at the top opening of the lampshade. Measure the diameter of the bottom opening of the shade as well.
Take the shade's vertical slant by measuring along the outside of the lampshade from top to bottom. Then measure the shade's vertical height by placing your ruler or measuring tape at the center of the top opening of the shade and measuring straight down to the bottom of shade. Write down the measurements in the order taken: top diameter, bottom diameter, vertical slant and vertical height, as this is the order in which they are likely to be listed on new lampshades.
Replaceable lampshades typically use spider-and-harp or clip-on fittings. Spider-and-harp fittings are the type where the lampshade screws on to a fitting that rises around the light bulb inside the shade. With clip-on fittings, the shade clips directly onto the light bulb. Choose a new lampshade with the correct fitting for your lamp, and purchase any hardware needed to connect the shade to the lamp.
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Lamp accessories can include jewel-like structures that are made to hang on the end of the lampshade. Lamp finials are also accessories and come in a variety of shapes and sizes.Full Answer >
Cover a lampshade using decorative fabric. First roll out the fabric and lay the lampshade on its side. Cut the fabric two inches above and below the lampshade. Wrap the lampshade in the fabric and trim it until two inches of overlap remain. Place fabric glue along the lampshade's seam and evenly adhere an end of the fabric to it. Use tape to hold the fabric in place while it dries for at least a half hour.Full Answer >