Choosing the Best Replacement Lampshades

The best replacement lampshades not only help brighten a room, but they also add just the right decorative touch. Choose the best lampshade by first measuring the size needed and then choosing the best filter and fabric.

Measuring a Lamp Shade

Get a measuring tape, pen, paper, and the old lampshade. Write down two measurements. The first is taken from the very bottom to the very top of the lampshade. Then, turn the shade over and record the bottom width. These measurements provide parameters to work with. If the new shade is to look like the old shade, measure the side angle from the top rim to bottom.

Choosing Filters

A lamp filter is the interior frame that connects the shade to the lamp. There are three main types of filters: The first is a spider with harp, most seen on floor lamps. The framework consists of a small rim at the top connected to an inner frame that attaches to the lamp. The most popular table lamp filter is called the uno, which is basically a spider without the harp. The third is called a clip-on lampshade, which rests metal support loops directly on a bulb.

Choosing Fabrics

Consider the function of the lamp. Is it a decorative table lamp that is turned on occasionally, or is it a light to read by? If a lot of light is needed, choose replacement lampshades made of a thin, smooth material. If the lamp is mostly decorative, then choose opaque material with ruffles and pleats or a defined texture, such as a high-relief brocade fabric. Choose a large shade to cover up the bulb and framework. If the lamp needs to be turned on frequently in the dark, then make sure the shade does not cover the lamp switch.

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