Lampshades Buying Guide

While their main purpose is to diffuse light, lampshades are also essential as the final flourish to add style to table and floor lamps as well as chandeliers and pendants. Use this guide to best match lamp bases with lampshades.

Types of Lampshades

Types of Lampshades

Lampshades come in countless shapes and sizes that are able to fit on the tiniest of lamps and the largest of pendant fixtures. Think carefully about how a lampshade—hard or soft, drum or oval, floor, empire, hexagonal, coolie, bell, or hybrid—will accentuate the style of your lamp as well as the surrounding decor of a room. Here’s an introduction to lampshade types and differences.

Hard Vs. Soft

In addition to shape, the biggest distinction in lampshades is in structure. Hard lampshades have a hard plastic liner covered by a glued-on material, typically fabric or laminate. Soft shades usually have a solid-color liner with a more decorative outer shell—typically made of fabric—attached with either thread or tape.

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Drum, Cylinder, or Oval

Drum or oval shades are often used to cover pendant lights, although miniature drum, cylinder, or oval lampshades may be found on chandeliers as well. They are the same width from top to bottom. Their clean lines work well in contemporary or transitional decorating schemes.

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Floor-lamp, Empire, or Coolie

Floor-lamp, empire, or coolie lampshades widen at the bottom of the shade. The amount of flair varies; floor-lamp shades typically most closely resemble drum shades, but all three kinds push most light downward.

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$34.99

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$34.99

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$29.99

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Geometric

Lampshades that are square, rectangular, hexagonal, or another shape have matching sides that sometimes slant slightly from top to bottom.

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Springcrest
$29.99

Natural burlap fabric makes a casual lamp shade that's stylish and relaxing. This large rectangular softback shade features tan po...lyester lining and a chrome finished spider fitter. The correct size harp is included free with this shade. read more

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Bell

Bell lampshades are very narrow at the top and quite wide at the bottom; they work particularly well in situations that call for intense downlighting, such as on desks.

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$178.99

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$158.99

This charming swing arm floor lamp offers your living space style and ideal illumination. The design features a thin profile base ...and arm. Adjust the arm and height as needed for reading and other tasks. Showcasing an antique brass finish, this contemporary lamp is topped with a striking red fabric bell shade. read more

360 Lighting
$149.99

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Hybrid

Lampshades also can mix or match various elements of several types of lampshades; for example, a geometric shade may come in a bell shape.

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Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Combining a lampshade with a lamp base is a delicate balancing act. Think about the material, color, upkeep, and style when you purchase. Base size and shape, lampshade fitter, bulb placement in relation to the height of the lampshade, and light direction also play roles in how the lampshade works with the base and affect the quality, effectiveness, and beauty of the lighting. Before you choose a shade, think carefully about the location of the light fixture and how the light should be directed.

Material, Color, and Style

Lampshades can be made of nearly any type material, including glass, wood, fabric, and metal. The color of a shade’s material affects the color of deflected light and should coordinate or complement a room’s decor, too. Lampshades often include decorative details such as pleating, scallops, stencils, stamps, and notches.

Upkeep

As with any other furnishing or accent piece, lampshades need regular care and upkeep; investigate how best to care for a chosen shade before making a purchase.

Base Size and Shape

Lampshades should complement the lamp base in scale and proportion as well as shape. For table lamps, lampshades should be about three-fourths the height of the base; other lampshade sizes depend on the size and style of the fixture.

Bulb Placement and Lampshade Drop

Lampshades should not be too close to the bulb; measure to make sure several inches of space separate the shade from the bulb. The height of the shade should be enough to hide the bulb so the bulb is not visible from outside the shade.

Fitter

Your lamp fixture will have some sort of a fitter that secures together the shade and the bulb. Fitters include clip-on, threaded, and other types; make sure your shade and fixture or base are compatible.

Light Direction

A lampshade affects how light bounces into and around the room. In a large entryway, you likely want most of the light pushed downward. The desired directional lighting changes based on the size and shape of a room and placement of a fixture.

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