How to Choose The Perfect Lampshade

Grey Table Lamp Shade With Pebble Table Lamp Base


Finding the right route in the ever-growing world of lamps and lampshades is no easy task! You may already have your lamp base or perhaps you have found the potentially perfect purchase, but you cannot decide which lampshade will work best.


We’re sharing our expert guide on how to measure a lampshade and advise on the best lampshade sizes, guaranteed to help you find the perfect fit.


The big question we are often asked is what size lampshade is best for your lamp base? Well, believe it or not, there is an accurate way to work out the most proportioned look.


Start by measuring the lamp itself using a tape measure (or ruler). For the height, measure from the bottom of the lamp base to the top of the lamp (just below the bulb holder, so that the bulb holder isn’t included in the measurement). Make a note of this height and then measure the width at the widest part of your lamp base.


Once you have these measurements then there are 3 golden steps to follow:


  1. The width of the lampshade should be equal to the height of the lamp base
  2. The height of the lampshade should be two thirds the height of the lamp base
  3. The lampshade should be wider than the widest part of the lamp base


Like every rule, there are always exceptions and of course, nothing compares to your own vision and taste. But, by following these rules it ensures that everything is kept in proportion and neither lampshade or lamp base overpowers the other.


The next question we want to answer is where should your lampshade sit?


This is something that is often overlooked until your new purchase is home and then you realise something just doesn’t look quite right.


We believe the perfect sized lampshade should hide the fittings underneath without encroaching upon the lamp base itself. Take into consideration the location of where you will be positioning your lamp in the room – will there be plenty of space around it, or will it be in close proximity to a wall, a piece of furniture or placed near the path of frequent footfall?


If there is limited space, it makes sense to choose one with a narrow profile and pair it with an equally narrow shade, then it’s less likely to get damaged or knocked over.


We really hope this has helped make your lighting and lampshade choice a little easier.


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