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How to Measure for a Replacement Lamp Shade

Measuring for a new shade is fairly straightforward. Just remember that most lamps or fixtures can look good with any number of different shade shapes and styles. So you don’t necessarily need to buy a new shade that’s exactly like the one you’re replacing! The main point to remember is the lampshade needs to be tall enough to hide the harp bracket and socket on your lamp base.

Measure Your Existing Shade

Measure Shade

A.  Measure Vertical Height

B.  Measure Bottom Diameter

Once you measure your shade, click here to shop our shade assortment, where you can browse our styles and see the shade heights and widths. Just select the closest size and style to fit your existing lamp base. All of our lampshades use the Spider and Harp attachment and we carry harps ranging in size from 4" to 12".

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1. Spider With Harp
This is the most common type of fitting for table and floor lamp shades. We carry harps ranging in size from 4" to 12".

2. Uno
Usually found on smaller table lamps. No harp is needed as the wire fitting is permanently attached to the shade. The shade attaches directly to the lamp socket.

3. Clip-On
Found on smaller accent lamps and chandeliers. The shade clips directly onto the light bulb.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call us, 9am-5pm, M-F at (540) 661-3434 or email at


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