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Choosing the Right Size and Scale Lamp Shade

Last updated 2 years ago

The size and scale of your lampshade is as important as its design. In order to complement your lamps and the rest of your décor, a lampshade needs to fit properly. Use these tips to help you choose the right size and scale for your new lampshade:

  • Length

A good way to purchase a lampshade that fits is to find one that is two-thirds the height of the base. A shade that is two-thirds the length of the base will cover the hardware underneath without making the lamp look too top-heavy. Whether you are looking for a custom or a ready-made lampshade, make sure to take this measurement. 

  • Width

Find the widest point on the base of your lamp. When shopping for a new shade, find one that is at least a half-inch wider than that spot. Before purchasing a lampshade, try to decide where you will put the lamp. If you are placing it close to a piece of furniture, you might want to factor that into your width considerations. The average lampshade usually ranges from about seventeen to twenty inches wide.


  • Try It On

The best way to choose a lampshade that fits is to bring the lamp into the store. Having the lamp with you when discussing custom lampshades makes it significantly easier to choose a shade that actually fits. Testing out a shade on the lamp before you buy it also lets you decide if the style looks good with the type of light produced. If you cannot bring the lamp to the store, try purchasing a paper shade in the same size and shape.

Just Shades works hard to help you find the perfect size, style, and color lampshades for your home décor. Come in today to find a lampshade the fits your lamp and looks great in your house. For more information on our products, visit us online or call (866) 990-0501.


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