The Specifications for Wire Lamp Shade Frames

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The Specifications for Wire Lamp Shade Frames
Modern frames often feature less angles than classical designs. (lamp image by Diana Mastepanova from

Wire lamp shade frames are available in many different specifications depending upon the style you choose. Victorian and classical styles often exude bold, multiple frame angles, while modern styles such as bed and floor lamp shade frames include shades with sleek, linear appeals. Frames can often be custom designed and can vary widely in price.

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Traditional Shades

Traditional lamp shades often include circular designs -- with no side angles -- or up to six minimally ribbed angles, evenly spaced along the perimeter of the wire shade wall. Top shade openings typically range from 12 inches to 15 inches long while shade widths extend from 18 to 20 inches. Traditional wire frames commonly stand between 10 and 11 inches high, without including tassels or fringe. All traditional wire frames fit most standard 8- to 10-inch reflector bowls.

Top Hanging Frames

Top hanging wire frames attach at the open roof of the frame and are thus suspended where the light is facing down. A Belmont lamp shade frame, according to Lamp Shade Maker, is a classic example of top hanging design. Belmont frames feature up to 16 "umbrella ribs," where wires loop back to back while curving upwards. Belmont's tend to sit 8.5 inches high and possess a 3-inch gap in the top opening. Additionally, top frame length typically extends 13 inches while the bottom length ranges between 13.5 and 25.5 inches.

Speciality Frames

Speciality frames often come in numerous custom designs. According to Lamp Shade Maker, a diamond wire frame fashions a top hanging feature with a flush washer component. The opening at top measures 5 inches long, where 16 wire ribs attach and aim downward at a slight angle around the perimeter to the base of the frame. Frame bottoms can be designed to include diamond-like patterns that will modify the height, however most diamond frames stand at an average of 9 inches tall.

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