How To Buy A Lamp {Shade} Love

My lovely lady neighbors and I were out scouting the stores again.  We’ve been going a lot lately and are a terrible influence on each other.  I usually drive and have a SUV and somehow we always come home with the car full.

We’re becoming pretty efficient and focused. shoppers  This past weekend we were gone just a couple of hours and hit up Cost Plus World Market, the Target Dollar Spot, Ross, St. Vincent DePaul and Value Village.  I fell in love and came home with a lamp shade from World Market for the awesome price of 10.00.  It now is giving my spare room some kaboom!

room with shade

close up

side view sideview 1

Now that I look at the pictures the lamp shade feels a bit small but that’s okay.  I’m still loving it and going to keep it.  I originally wanted to put in in the living room, but I need to get a different size spider harp and possibly some clips.  I got curious what I should have been looking for when buying a lamp shade and  went to the internet for advice from Lamp  Plus.  Here’s what they say

How to Measure a Shade

When shopping for new lamp shades on our site or in our stores, you’ll see shades listed with different measurements. These measurements are always listed the same way; the distance in inches across the top, across the bottom, on the slant (if applicable) and height. If you are replacing an existing shade, measure the old shade using this same method with a ruler or retractable tape measure.

How to Measure a Lamp Shade Photo

Here are the four shade measurements you’ll need:

A – Measure the top diameter.

B – Measure the bottom diameter.

C – Measure the vertical slant.

D – Measure the vertical height.

Once you measure your shade, you can match shade width and shade height or look for a completely new size.

What Type of Shade Fitting Do You Need?

In addition to the size of the shade, you’ll also need to know what type of fitter your lamp uses to attach the shade to the lamp body. There are three types of lamp fitters: spider lamp shades, uno lamp shades and clip-on lamp shades.

Lamp Shade Spider and Harp Photo

Spider with Harp – This is the most common type of fitting for table and floor lamp shades. At Lamps Plus, the correct size harp is included free with spider lamp shades.

Uno Lamp Shade Fitter Photo

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.

Clip-On Lamp Shade Fitter Picture

Clip-On – Found on smaller accent lamps and chandeliers. Clip-on lamp shades clip directly onto the light bulb with no additional hardware. My lovely lady neighbors and I were out scouting .

Have you purchased any lampshades lately.  Would it have been easier if you had read this information first?


One response to “How To Buy A Lamp {Shade} Love

  1. Thank you for including World Market in your blog. If you’d like, you can link to our website ( or to our lighting section on our website (

    Thanks again!
    ~ World Market

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