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How to measure for a lamp shade

When choosing a shade for a lamp base, take the time to measure the base to ensure the shade you select is the proper fit. If you don't do this properly, the lamp shade will not be in proper proportion to the lamp base and the lamp will not look right in your home.

Measure the lamp from the bottom of the base to bottom of the socket cap. The shade's bottom diameter should be the same as this measurement.

Notice the height of the harp. The harp is the support that attaches the shade to the lamp. The height of the lampshade is related to the harp height. The shade height should be approximately the same as the harp height.

Choose a shade with a bottom diameter within 2 inches of the lamp height and a height that is roughly the same as the harp height.

Things You'll Need

  • Lamp base
  • Measuring tape
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Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.