"Revamp Your Lighting: Master the Art of Fitting a Lamp Shade"
The perfect lampshade can bring your whole interior design to life and really accentuate your decor. If you're looking to revamp your space without undergoing a complete overhaul, try swapping out an old or outdated shade for something fresh. While it's important to understand general sizing guidelines when shopping for lampshades, ultimately your personal preference should guide your choices. Don't be afraid to break decorating "rules" if you take a liking to something unconventional.
First things first, you'll need to identify what kind of fitting your lamp requires. Some shades clip onto the bulb, others are situated beneath the bulb, and some sit atop a washer and secure with a finial. Make sure you're purchasing the right type before proceeding.
Take into consideration the style, shape, and color of your lamp when choosing a shade, as it should harmonize with the overall aesthetic rather than clashing. For example, a square lamp looks best with a square shade, while a pale tan lamp won't mesh with a dark shade.
Be mindful of the height of your lamp, measuring from the base to the bottom of the socket cap where the bulb sits. Look for a shade with a bottom width within 2 inches of the lamp height. For floor lamps, the width of the shade's base is determined by the diameter of the lamp's base instead. A 10-inch floor lamp, for instance, needs a shade with an 18-inch bottom diameter, while 11- to 12-inch diameter bases require a 19- or 20-inch-diameter shade bottom, and larger lamps call for a bottom diameter ranging from 20 to 22 inches.
To ensure proper dimensions, measure the harp height if your lamp has one, choosing a shade that is no taller than the harp height plus half an inch and long enough to cover the switch. For lampshades without a harp, opt for a shade that's three-quarters the height of the lamp base. Floor lamps should have a 10- to 13-inch-high shade.
Finally, double-check the distance between the shade and the bulb to ensure no fire hazards are present. Incandescent bulbs between 40 to 60 watts require 1 to 2 inches of clearance between bulb and shade; 75 to 100 watts need 2 to 3 inches of space, while 150-watt bulbs mandate 3 to 4 inches of clearance.
The following discourse shall provide you with guidance on measuring and selecting the ideal lampshade. Kindly note that, when taking measurements, the inclusion of tassels, fringe, or beads in the final height sum is not advised.
We suggest, whenever feasible, to take your lamp to the store and attempt placing various shades on it prior to committing to a purchase. This practical test may yield valuable insights before making a final decision.
Additionally, please bear in mind that many lamp parts can easily be replaced. Therefore, if you come across a shade that you adore but the fitting is not suitable, consider procuring new hardware to adjust the fitting style in line with your needs and preferences.
Published on December 12, 2012, last modified on December 12, 2012 at 11:32 a.m.
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