How to choose the right size lampshade for a table lamp

When lampshades come in so many shapes and sizes, it really is down to personal preference when it comes to choosing the right lampshade. However, you've already set foot inside The Curious Department, so we know you like to do things... differently! So embrace the quirky, embrace the oversized and have some fun with it (and also feel free to break any of the "rules!").

But generally speaking.. the shape of the lampshade should reflect the shape of your lamp base, to give it balance and harmony. If the base is straight, square or rectangular, a similar shaped shade that mirrors its lines will look better than a round one. If your lamp base is round or tapered, a sloping or straight round shade such as a French Drum or oval shade will suit it. An exception to the rule is column lamps, which suit any shape of shade.


How to measure for your table lamp.

Here are a few general "rules" you may wish to follow to achieve lampshade glory!

1. The diameter of the lampshade (at the bottom) should be roughly equal to the height of the lamp base:


2. The height of the lampshade should be approximately two thirds the height of the lamp base:


3. The lampshade should be wider than the widest part of the lamp base:


If you are ever in doubt, feel free to Contact Us with a photo of your lamp and measurements- we'd be happy to offer some recommendations!

Thanks to Cheeky Pickle for all of their guidance.


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