Get the right fit for the various lamps you have throughout your home or business.

A lampshade is more than a practical item that filters light inside a property. It serves as a mood setter and complements the beauty of a lamp base. There are as many types of lampshades as there are colors of lamps, so it’s important to find the right fit for the ones you own. Using some simple measurements and paying close attention to the kind of lampshade fittings available allows you to buy the right fit for your beautiful lamps.

Consider this your short guide on how to measure your lampshades and select the right ones to fit your needs.

Measuring the lampshade takes little time and effort.

With measuring tape in hand, here is how to measure your lampshades:

  • Across the top.
  • Across the bottom.
  • Across the side.

Keep Top x Bottom x Slant as the formula that you use in the future. If you know that your lamp base requires a certain size of the lampshade, you can record the information in your phone or a small notebook for reference purposes. That way you won’t make the mistake of buying the wrong lampshade that you have to return or exchange.

A fourth dimension along with Top, Bottom, and Slant is to measure the height from top to bottom using a straight line. It may determine the type of shade that works best. As a rule of thumb, the diameter of the bottom of the shade matters most because it should be greater than the lamp body height.

Lampshades have different fittings to take note of.

There are many different types of lampshade fittings. The lamp base determines which works best for your lamp. For example, there is either a regular bulb clip or a candle bulb clip that keeps the shade in place. The main difference is how the clip is shaped as one is rounder than the other.

A regular bulb clip is circular in shape. A candle bulb clip is shaped like the flame of a candle. You’ll be able to see a distinct difference in how the clip that holds the lampshade in place looks.

Here are the types of fitters that work best with regular bulb clips and candle bulb clips.

Regular bulb clips work well with washer & spider fitters, hurricane or chimney fitters, and Nardi or slip UNO fitters. Candle bulb clips are best suited for threaded Uno fitters, reflector bowl fitters, and euro fitters. The lampshade itself determines the wattage that emitted from the bulb because it serves as a filter for the light.

Now that you have an idea of how to measure your lampshades, you’ll be able to replace them easier. You’ll know exactly what to look for without any hassle. Then, all you need to do is order them and place them on your lamps.

You’ll have a shade that complements the lamp and décor that you’ve chosen to decorate your home or business with. Not only will it look great, it will do its job of filtering the light emitted from the lamp’s light bulb. It won’t hang to the side or fall off because it doesn’t fit the base, either.