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Lamp Shades: A Comprehensive Guide to Selection and Care

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When it comes to creating the perfect ambience in your space, the right lampshade can make all the difference. But with so many options available, how do you choose the perfect one for your needs? Look no further. In this ultimate guide, we will walk you through everything you need to know about choosing and caring for your lampshades.

Whether you’re after a classic and timeless look or a bold and modern statement piece, we’ve got you covered. We’ll explore different styles, sizes, materials, and patterns to help you find the lampshade that perfectly complements your decor. From traditional fabric shades to contemporary metal or glass shades, we’ll discuss their unique benefits and drawbacks, ensuring you make an informed decision.

But it doesn’t end there. Caring for your lampshades is equally important. We’ll provide you with expert tips on cleaning and maintaining your shades, so they continue to shine brightly for years to come.

Ready to illuminate your space in style? Let’s dive into the world of lampshades and elevate your lighting game.

Table of Contents

Introduction – Lamp Shades in Interior Design

Lamp shades are an essential element of interior design. They offer both form and function, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere while providing the necessary lighting to read, work, or relax. Lamp shades can also be used to accentuate the overall design of a room, adding texture, colour, and depth.

When choosing a lampshade, it’s important to consider the purpose of the lamp and the style of the room. For instance, a lamp in a bedroom might require a different type of shade than one in a living room. A bedside lamp might need a shade that diffuses the light, while a reading lamp might require a shade that directs the light downward.

Choosing the Right Lampshade

Selecting a lampshade is more than just picking out a covering for your light bulb. It’s about creating an ambience, complementing your room decor and expressing your personal style.

Consider the shape of your lampshade to start, matching round bases with drum or empire shades and square or angular bases with rectangular or oval styles. If you have a round base, opt for round shades like drum or empire styles. On the other hand, square or angular bases pair well with rectangular or oval shades.

The size of the shade matters too. A general rule to follow is that your shade should be two-thirds the height of its base. However, always trust your eye – if it looks right to you then go with it.

Lamp Shade Materials

Lampshades come in various materials such as fabric, glass and metal each providing unique lighting effects. Fabric shades are popular because they soften light producing cosy atmospheres.

Glass lampshades, although delicate, give off brilliant illumination perfect for task lighting areas like desks or reading corners. For industrial vibes, metallic options would do wonders

Determine what form of lampshade will work best with your lamp base before thinking about colour, pattern, material, or even size. This seems like a good place to start because it serves as the foundation for all the other aspects.

What is generally regarded as the most aesthetically beautiful lamp and shade combination? We advise looking at the base’s shape before looking for a shade with a comparable contour. Make your lampshade match the lamp’s shape. Lamps in the shapes of bottles and urns typically look best with tapered shades, whereas square lamps look best with straight-sided shades. Column lighting complements both.

Drum Shades

Drum lampshades provide a modern touch to a space and go well with broader or rounder lamp bases as well as floor lamps. A drum shade is exactly what you might imagine – formed like a drum with vertical edges and a cylindrical contour.

Oval Shades

Oval shades are best suited to traditional designs, have a similar appearance to drum shades but are longer, pair well with wall lights and tiny column lamps, and are frequently used in restrooms, hallways, and on windowsills.

Empire Shades

An empire lampshade is a traditional ‘frustum’-shaped shade, manufactured by cutting off the top of a cone while keeping the cut parallel to the base. Empire lampshades are frequently used to compliment traditional interiors or floor lamps because of the way they are designed, more light is cast downward than upward.

Cone Shades

Because of their narrow proportions, cone-shaped shades are a smart option if you’re trying to squeeze a lamp into a small space. Cone lampshades have a tapering top and thin base. They match well with long or tall lamps because the sizes even out.

Square Shades

Square lampshades can fit in with both classic and contemporary homes because of their similar style to empires yet square base.

Rectangular Shades

They go well with narrow lamps; modern or geometrical lamps are appropriate. Rectangular lampshades have straight sides, some of which are tapered.

Bell Shades

Popular in the Victorian era, it goes nicely with classic decor.

Coolie Shades

Any base with this shape has a modern appearance.

Hexagon Shades

This unique design has a rustic, early 20th-century feel.

Light Diffusion and Purpose

You also need to think about how much light diffusion you want from your shade. This can greatly affect the mood setting in different rooms. For instance, a sheerer material would offer a bright but diffused glow suitable for workspaces while denser ones create soft mood lighting ideal in bedrooms. Always remember, the purpose dictates choice.

Colour and Pattern

The colour or pattern of your lampshade can also play a key role in the overall aesthetic. Neutral tones such as whites, beiges or greys offer versatility while bolder patterns make great statement pieces. Just remember to keep a balance between your lampshade and the room’s decor.

Lamp Fittings

Last but not least, don’t forget about lamp fittings. You’ve got spider fitters that sit on top of harps, clip-on fitters for smaller bulbs and UNO fitters which fit over sockets. They each require different attachments.

Lamp Shade Materials

Lamp shades come in a wide range of shapes, sizes, materials, and designs. Here are some of the most common types of lampshades and their characteristics:

Fabric Lamp Shades

Fabric lampshades are the most common type of lampshade. They come in a variety of materials, including cotton, linen, silk, and polyester. Fabric shades can be plain or patterned, and the fabric’s texture can add depth and interest to the room.

Fabric shades are popular because they soften light producing cosy atmospheres. One of the advantages of fabric lamp shades is that they come in a wide range of colours and patterns, making it easy to find one that matches your decor. They also diffuse light well, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.

However, fabric shades can be difficult to clean and are not as durable as other types of lampshades. They can also fade over time, especially if exposed to direct sunlight.

Paper Lamp Shades

Paper lamp shades are an affordable and lightweight option. They are usually made from rice paper or other thin materials and come in a range of shapes and sizes.

Paper lamp shades are ideal for creating a soft and diffused light, making them perfect for bedrooms and living rooms. They are also easy to clean and replace, making them a practical choice for households with children or pets.

However, paper shades are not as durable as other types of lamp shades and can tear or rip easily. They are also not suitable for rooms with high humidity or moisture, as they can become damaged.

Glass Lamp Shades

Glass lamp shades are a popular choice for both traditional and modern decor. They come in a range of styles, from clear glass to coloured or frosted glass.

One of the benefits of glass lampshades is that they are durable and easy to clean. They also provide excellent light diffusion, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Glass lampshades, although delicate, give off brilliant illumination perfect for task lighting areas like desks or reading corners. For industrial vibes, metallic options would do wonders.

However, glass lampshades can be heavy and fragile, making them difficult to move or transport. They can also be expensive, depending on the quality and design.

Metal Lamp Shades

Metal lamp shades are a popular choice for industrial or modern decor. They come in a range of finishes, including brushed nickel, brass, and copper.

One of the advantages of metal lamp shades is that they are durable and easy to clean. They also provide excellent light direction, making them ideal for task lighting.

However, metal lamp shades can be heavy and expensive, depending on the quality and design. They can also become hot to the touch, making them unsuitable for households with children or pets.

Silk Lamp Shades

Choosing a designer silk lampshade in a neutral tone could work well if you’re looking for a minimalist, contemporary accent to your decor. Silk lampshades give the room a warm, natural glow.

Rolling or “gathering” silk lampshades can produce a textured, pleated impression. This gives off a more conventional vibe and begs to be matched with a classic basis, naturally placed in spaces with a vintage vibe.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that silk absorbs dust a little bit more readily than other fabrics, so be ready to give your new lampshade some routine maintenance to keep it looking clean.

Cotton Lamp Shades

Cotton is a perfect material for lampshades. It is highly durable, easy to clean, and flexible. Depending on the design and colour of the cotton lampshade you choose, you can create the ambience you want.

If you prefer the fibrous feel of textile lampshades, we also have a great collection of natural jute shades. Jute is a great choice for individuals looking for a more environmentally friendly appearance. Soft, beige tones should also look fantastic in any neutral space because they add a rustic touch.

Linen Lamp Shades

Compared to materials like velvet, linen is lighter in weight and has a somewhat rougher texture, giving your space a more relaxed, natural vibe. A stonewashed linen hue would be a fantastic option for some more character.

Velvet Lamp Shades

From sensuous pink to deep, forest green and mustard yellow, velvet lampshades are available in a variety of striking and stunning hues. These tones are sensuous and sensual, and they will quickly give your environment an opulent feel.

One of these hues could not provide as much light diffusion in space as other materials because velvet has a tendency to be an opaque material.

Instead, they create an ambient, and occasionally dramatic, impression by diffusing light from above and below. Similar to silk, velvet requires constant maintenance to keep it dust-free.

Lampshade Colour or Pattern

neutral or flamboyant? plain or decorated? These are the inquiries that many of us will make when thinking about lampshade finish. Each choice typically includes advantages and disadvantages. Plain shades are excellent if you have a really dynamic lamp and are concerned about it being overshadowed by a flamboyant shade. They also go well with just about any décor style. Contrarily, simple patterns can be used to produce a distinctive focal point, particularly when combined with standalone floor lights or a patterned lamp base. For the latter, use a colour that unifies the lamp and shade designs and keep prints simple.

Make sure the prevailing hue is repeated elsewhere in the design, such as on cushions, throws, curtains, or rugs, if you choose a colourfully patterned lampshade. Additionally, remember that pattern isn’t only about colour; textured patterns can produce a subtler impression while maintaining a statement.

It’s important to think about your lighting goals when it comes to hue. Darker colours can be used with far greater freedom if aesthetics are your only consideration. But if you’re designing a reading nook where ambient light is important, focus on a soft-coloured shade because more light will pass through it.

You can also change (or switch) the colour of your lampshade to suit the season. For example, in the spring and summer, you might choose light, neutral tones like off-white and cream, then change to darker hues in the autumn to create a cosier, more cosy atmosphere.

Key Takeaway

Picking the right lampshade is all about setting the mood and showcasing your personal taste. The shape of your base matters – round pairs well with round, while angular bases look great with rectangular shades. As a rule of thumb, aim for a shade that’s two-thirds the height of its base. But don’t forget to trust your instincts. Materials can also make a big difference: fabric gives off soft light, glass offers bright illumination, and metal brings an industrial vibe. Consider how much light you want diffused too.

Lampshades for Table Lamps

Here are three guidelines to keep in mind when selecting a lampshade for a table lamp:

  1. The lampshade’s breadth ought to match the height of the lamp base.
  2. The lampshade’s height should be two-thirds that of the lamp base.
  3. The lampshade should be wider than the lamp base’s widest point.

Lampshades for Floor Lamps

Measure the height of the lamp base from the bottom to the top of the bulb rod, then divide that measurement by four to get the approximate height of the lampshade you need for your floor lamp. Don’t forget to consider the space you have around your shade; if it’s too close to other pieces of furniture, you can easily choose a smaller size. Also, trust your eye.

Keep in mind that the ideal shade for a table or floor lamp should conceal the fittings beneath it without covering the light base.

Now that you have all the necessary technical knowledge, you can confidently embark on your search for the perfect lampshade.

Lampshade Factors to Consider

Choosing the right lampshade requires careful consideration of several factors, including size, shape, style, and function. Here are some tips to help you choose the perfect lampshade for your needs:


If there is one circumstance in which you can be certain that size is important, it is when selecting a lampshade. A size that is either too small or too large will result in an undesirable bottom-heavy condition. Even if the size of your lamp’s lampshade is in the middle, go for the largest shade that the space will allow. This is because more light is dispersed when the shade is larger. Contrary to assumptions, big designs will generate the illusion of space even in smaller settings.

The size of your lamp shade should be proportional to the size of your lamp base. A shade that is too small or too large can look awkward and unbalanced. To determine the right size, measure the height and width of your lamp base and choose a shade that is roughly the same size.


Lamp shades come in a variety of shapes, including drum, bell, empire, and square. The shape of your lampshade should complement the style of your room. For instance, a drum shade is ideal for modern decor, while a bell shade is better suited to traditional decor.


The style of your lampshade should match the overall style of your room. For instance, a lampshade with a bold pattern might look out of place in a minimalist room. Consider the colour, texture, and pattern of your shade and how it will complement your decor.


Consider the purpose of your lamp and choose a shade that provides the necessary lighting. For instance, a bedside lamp might require a shade that diffuses the light, while a reading lamp might require a shade that directs the light downward.

Paolos Top Lampshades

We provide a broad selection of stunning and fashionable lampshades in different colours and sizes. Whether you choose a lampshade for a table lamp, a standing lamp, or a pendant light, you can be confident that it will match our variety of high-quality lampshades.

Please get in touch with our sales staff if you don’t see what you’re looking for; they are willing to go over other choices.

Measuring your Lampshade

Finding the right lampshade can be as tricky as tracking down a perfect pair of shoes – it needs to fit just perfectly. This can seem daunting but don’t worry. Here’s an easy guide that will help you measure with precision.

The Base Diameter and Height

To start, we need to look at two main factors: base diameter and height. The shade should be about twice as wide as the lamp base and roughly one-third of its total height (including bulb fitting). Grab your tape measure, note down these dimensions and keep them handy.

Lampshade Dimensions

Next up is measuring your existing lampshade if you have one. For this task, we’re interested in three figures: top diameter (across), bottom diameter (also across) and slant height (the angled side).

If there’s no shade yet or you fancy a change from what you’ve got now, here are some great suggestions on sizes according to different room settings.

Avoiding Common Mistakes

Beware of common mistakes when measuring for a new lampshade. Make sure not to mix up the top/bottom diameters or misjudge where the slant starts/ends.

You also want to avoid getting a too small or large shade – think balance between light output and aesthetic appeal.

Tips & Tricks

  • An overly narrow or short shade might make things brighter but could dazzle unsuspecting readers nearby.
  • A wide, tall shade can be dramatic and atmospheric but may also darken your space.
  • Lastly, if you’re struggling with sizes or have a uniquely shaped lamp base – don’t despair. Custom shades can be made to fit, ensuring the perfect harmony between your lamp and its hat.

So, sizing up a new lampshade isn’t as tough as you might think.

Key Takeaway

Picking the perfect lampshade is a game of balance and exact measurements. Jot down your base’s diameter and height, keep in mind that the shade should be double the width of the lamp base, about one-third its total height. Don’t fall into common traps like confusing top/bottom diameters or getting slant start/end points wrong. Also think about how it’ll fit with your room’s setup when deciding on size.

Types of Lampshade Fittings

Lamp fittings are the unsung heroes of your lamp’s design. They connect your shade to the base, ensuring it sits correctly and securely.

There are three primary types: Spider, Uno, and Clip-On fittings. But don’t worry – no arachnids or chips involved.

Spider Fittings

The most common type is the Spider fitting. It gets its name from its spider-like appearance with ‘legs’ that extend outwards. This one needs a harp (metal wire) for support.

Uno Fittings

Uno fittings, on the other hand, directly attach to the socket. Easy peasy. They’re perfect if you like simplicity as there’s no need for extra hardware like a harp – not even a siren song can distract them.

Clip-On Fittings

Last but not least, we have Clip-on fittings. These guys literally clip onto light bulbs making installation super easy – ideal if you often change up your décor (like me.).

They’re best for small lamps or chandeliers, adding a bit of vintage glamour. I’ve used them in my bedroom to create a soft and inviting ambience.

Picking the Right Fitting

To pick the right fitting, measure your lamp’s harp size if you have one. For clip-on and uno fittings, get familiar with your bulb type – but more on that another time.

The type of fitting can change how your shade hangs – affecting not just aesthetics but also light distribution. So choose wisely because it’s these little details that turn good designs into great ones.

In my experience as an interior designer at Paolo Moschino (and believe me there has been plenty.), knowing about lamp fittings is crucial.

Key Takeaway

Choosing the right lamp fitting is key to achieving your desired look and functionality. Spider fittings are adaptable, Uno’s offer simplicity without extra hardware, while Clip-Ons add vintage glamour and are easy to install. Remember – it’s not just about aesthetics but also how your shade distributes light.

Lampshade Safety

Don’t laugh, but safety—specifically, heat generation in relation to shade size—is an important but frequently ignored factor in choosing a lampshade. Higher-wattage bulbs produce more heat and necessitate more ventilation, necessitating the installation of larger or broader shades. Simply put, the greater the shade, the higher the wattage.

The “critical radius,” or distance measured from the centre of the light bulb to the inside border of the lamp shade, is essential information you must ascertain in order to decide whether the shade is large enough for the bulb strength you intend to use. For instance, for a 60-watt bulb to function safely, there must be at least 2-7/8 inches between the filament and the inside edge of the lamp shade.

For safety reasons, you should strictly abide by the Underwriters Laboratories rating (UL rating) indicated on the socket, which will show the highest wattage bulb permitted for the lamp. UL has established the following safe critical radius ratios after conducting thorough testing:

Heat Ventilation Guide

Lamp Base / Bulb SizeWattageCritical Radius
Medium0-25 Watts1 5/8″
26-40 Watts2″
41-60 Watts2-1/2″
61-75 Watts2 7/8″
76-100 Watts3-1/2″
101-150 Watts4-3/4″
Candelabra0-25 Watts1-5/8″
26-40 Watts2″
41-60 Watts2-1/2″

If you don’t have a measuring tape at hand, you may easily check a lamp shade’s ventilation capacity by turning on the light for five minutes and then feeling the top of the shade. If it feels warm to the touch, there isn’t enough ventilation and the shade’s opening is too small.

Lampshade Components and Assembly

After determining the right size for your lamp shade, you must think about how it will adhere to the base. Spider, uno, and clip-on lamp shade assemblies are the three most popular varieties.

The most common type of lamp is the spider shade lamp, also known as a basic assembly lamp. It has several spokes that are positioned at the top of the shade and come together in the middle. The harp, the arched element that wraps around the light bulb, is connected by a tiny ring in the middle of the spokes. The base is included with the harp, which can be adjusted to raise or lower the shade. The spider fitter’s ring rests on the harp’s flat surface. Put a finial on top, tighten it, and hold the shade in place by rotating it clockwise.

Hanging lamps are the majority of shades with an uno installation. The lamp is positioned upside down, and they lack a harp. Instead of the lamp harp, the uno assembly fastens to the lamp base. The centre is marked with a ring. In the shape of a “V,” the wires exit the shade and join the ring beneath the lightbulb.

The least popular lamp shades are clip-on ones. Metal pieces in the form of teardrops slide over the light bulb to create these shades. To hold the shade in place, some include two curved sections that glide down and around the light bulb. Some contain four components known as clips. Round clips are made for normal bulb shapes, whereas candelabra clips are made for candelabra bulbs.

The majority of lamp shades have spider assemblies, however they can also be used with clip-on or uno assembly if the shade and bulb are the right size. To use the harp with a different shade assembly, just take it out of the lamp base and clip the lamp shade over the bulb (for clip-on lamp shades) or insert the uno ring fitting (for uno assemblies).

How to Measure a Lampshade

It can be challenging to interpret lamp-shade dimensions, but if you understand what the numbers signify, the system makes sense. Lamp shade sizes are essentially described in terms of three dimensions: the top diameter, the bottom diameter, and the length of the slant.

For instance, 6 12 10 denotes a top opening that is six inches wide, a bottom opening that is 12 inches wide, and a slant on the shade that is 10 inches long. If you see a fourth number, you’ll know what it is because the fitter recess depth (or “drop”) is occasionally taken into account and stated fourth.

Lampshade Finials

After choosing a lampshade, you can think about adding a decorative finial to the top. This fastener secures the shade in position. The finial can give your fixture a completely new dimension; it doesn’t have to be plain or flush with the shade’s top.

Finials are available in a wide range of styles, proportions, and personalities, from sumptuous, dazzling star-cut crystal to a whimsical, life-sized porcelain golf ball. A decorative finial can completely change the appearance of your lampshade or bring its design to a close. Like changing the lamp shade, changing the finial is a simple and affordable way to modernise a fixture and a space.

Installing a Lampshade

Getting the ideal lampshade for your lamp may appear a straightforward job, but it’s not as easy as it looks. Let’s demystify this process together.

Fitting Your Lampshade

The first step is understanding how your shade fits onto the base of your lamp. Some shades use clip-on fittings that attach directly to the bulb, while others need harp-and-saddle or spider fitters which sit atop the lamp base. Lamps Plus provides an excellent guide for understanding these different types of fittings.

A wrong fitting can lead to wobbly and unstable shades – not something you want when trying to enjoy some evening reading. So make sure you have chosen correctly before proceeding with installation.

Putting It All Together

To install a clip-on shade, simply pinch open its clasp and snap it over your lightbulb – just remember not to touch hot bulbs. For other types of shades though, start by removing any old fixture from your lamp. Next up: insert the new one in place. A helpful tip here is making sure everything lines up neatly without forcing anything into position.

If you’re dealing with harps and saddles (sounds like horse riding gear.), fit them together as instructed by their manufacturer then secure them onto the top part of the light bulb socket using the finial (that fancy knob). Then carefully slip the new shade down until it is resting comfortably on the saddle; screwing the finial back in will hold all the pieces securely together.

Troubleshooting Installation Issues

Sometimes even following the steps exactly won’t prevent problems from popping up. If your lampshade still wobbles or leans to one side, it might be a sign of mismatched fittings. Try adjusting the harp size or switch out for another fitting type.

If all else fails, don’t hesitate to ask for help at your local lighting store or check in with an online community like the Interior Design subreddit. Remember that patience is key when installing lampshades – getting frustrated will only make things harder.

Cleaning & Maintenance for your Lampshade

Lampshades soften the harsh glare of an exposed bulb while also making a visual statement in the space. A lamp’s appearance and the mood it creates in a space can be greatly altered by changing the shade. You want to keep your lampshades clean and look their best for as long as you can because many of them can be expensive.

You can quickly and effectively clean fabric, paper, plastic, and glass lampshades with only a few simple items.

When Should Lampshades Be Cleaned?

Every week, lampshades need to be dusted. By doing so, you may get rid of spiderwebs and prevent dust from being too deeply lodged in the lampshade fabric. A lampshade may require more thorough cleaning due to dust buildup, airborne grease, nicotine, and other air pollutants.

How to Clean Fabric Lampshades (6 Easy Steps)

What You’ll Need

Equipment / Tools
  • Lint brush
  • Fresh, soft-bristled paintbrush Upholstery brush for vacuuming
  • Large bathtub or washbasin
  • Microfiber towels
  • Hanger with clips for the skirt
  • Linen gloves
  • Eraser for art gum
  • Disposable duster
  • Gentle detergent
  • Dishwashing liquid

01. Remove Dust

Each week, you can dust a cloth lampshade in a variety of ways. Dust the inside and exterior of the lampshade while keeping it attached to the lamp. It’s preferable to turn the light off before starting.

Clean disposable duster, microfiber cloth, lint roller and vacuum upholstery brush attachments are all options. If using a hover, be careful not to apply too much suction or touch the decorative trim. A clean, soft-bristled paintbrush works well to reach the dust in confined spaces on pleated shades.

02. Prepare a Cleaning Solution

Lampshades made of fabric can be cleaned to remove dirtier stains. If the manufacturer of the shade has provided care instructions, abide by them. If not, try washing the shade by hand. If at all feasible, take off any glued- or sewn-on decorations, such as beaded trim or tassels, that might not stand up well to washing.

Lukewarm water should be added to a big washbasin or bathtub until it is at least halfway up the height of the lampshade. Add one or two teaspoons of a mild detergent you would use to wash delicate garments or lingerie, such as Woolite or Castile soap. To spread the detergent, swish your hands in the water.

03. Wash the Lampshade

Remove the shade from the lamp’s base after unplugging it. This is crucial for lamps with a light source in the base. Dust as usual to get rid of any loose dirt.

Lower the lampshade into the soapy solution while holding it by the top wire supports. Give the shade around ten minutes to absorb. If necessary, rotate the shade to provide each surface with an equal amount of time to soak.

Wash the lampshade inside and out from top to bottom using a microfiber cloth dipped in the soapy water. Use a tiny bit of detergent on the cloth to remove any food or insect stains that may exist.

04. Rinse the Lampshade

To drain the soapy water, remove the lampshade. Fill the bathtub back up with warm, fresh water. To remove any soap residue, lower the shade back into the tub and gently swish it about in the water. If there are still too many suds, drain the water and start over with fresh water.

05. Dry the Lampshade

After draining the rinse water, give the lampshade a gentle shake to let out as much water as you can. To dry, place the lampshade upright on a large towel. Alternately, hang the shade to drip dry from a shower rod or clothesline using a skirt hanger with movable clips.

06. Reattach the Lampshade

Before being reattached to the lamp base, the lampshade needs to be entirely dry.

How to Clean Paper Lampshades (2 Easy Steps)

The oils on our hands, the residue from hand lotions, or cleaning chemical stains are easily transferred to paper and parchment lampshades. Wear cotton or rubber gloves while working with paper shades to help avoid stains.

01. Remove Dust

Regularly remove the paper lampshade from the base and carefully wipe it off from top to bottom with a clean, dry microfiber cloth in addition to routine dusting. Carry out both the interior and exterior of the shade. As the dust is spread, keep moving to a clean part of the cloth.

02. Remove Stains

Use an art gum rubber to scrub away any insect spots or other blemishes. To avoid dents, always use a soft touch and support the lampshade with your other hand.

How to Clean Plastic and Glass Lampshades (4 Easy Steps)

01. Remove the Lampshade

Remove the glass or plastic shade from the lamp and unplug it. Before beginning the cleaning process, always make sure the shade is absolutely cool. When washing, a sharp temperature fluctuation could result in cracking.


Use a damp microfiber cloth to remove dust and fingerprints off lamps or lanterns with permanent shades, such as the Infinity X1 lamp or lantern. Allow to air dry or use a fresh microfiber towel to finish drying.

02. Remove Dust

Clean the lampshade’s interior and exterior using a dry microfiber towel to get rid of any lint or loose dust.

03. Handwash the Lampshade

Add a few drops of dishwashing liquid to a big sink of warm water. Hand-wash the lampshade’s interior and exterior with a microfiber towel or sponge. To prevent scratching or harm to a printed design, do not scrub the shade or use abrasive cleaners on it.


Lampshades should never be washed in the dishwasher. The lampshade could be harmed by too much heat and the abrasiveness of the dishwasher detergent.

04. Rinse and Dry

In lukewarm water, thoroughly rinse the lampshade. To dry the shade, apply a dry microfiber cloth. Once it has dried completely, replace it on the light base.

Key Takeaway

Maintaining clean lampshades is easier than it seems. A quick dust-off with a soft brush or microfibre cloth keeps fabric shades tidy, and for harder materials like glass or metal, a damp cloth does the trick. For any stubborn stains, use mild detergent on fabric shades and vinegar solution for hard ones. Using low-heat LED bulbs also helps to extend their lifespan.

Lampshade FAQ’s

What are the 3 types of lampshades?

The three main types of lampshades are drum, empire, and bell. Each has a distinct shape that affects light distribution.

What is the rule for lampshades?

The golden rule for lampshades: they should be about two-thirds the height of your base and roughly twice its width.

How do I know what size lampshade to buy?

To get a fitting shade, measure your base’s height from bottom to socket. The shade’s width should match or exceed this.

What is a spider fitter lampshade?

A spider fitter sits atop the harp with an attached finial. It’s common in UK homes due to its versatile design.


In this comprehensive guide, we’ve explored every facet of lampshades, shedding light on the art of selection and care. From their pivotal role in interior design to the nitty-gritty details of lampshade materials, colours, and fittings, we’ve covered it all.

Lamp shades are not merely functional elements; they are design statements that can transform the ambience of any space. Our journey began with understanding their significance in interior design, emphasizing the vital role they play in creating the desired atmosphere.

Choosing the right lampshade was our next step, where we delved into the factors that influenced this decision. We discussed the materials that lampshades are crafted from, highlighting how each one can add its unique character to your lighting scheme. Whether you prefer a subtle hue or a striking pattern, we explored the nuances of lampshade colours and patterns.

For those with table lamps, we provided insights into selecting the perfect lampshade to complement your decor. Likewise, if you have floor lamps, we guided you through the considerations specific to these fixtures.

Intricate details matter when it comes to lampshades, and we discussed the factors to consider, from size and shape to the type of fitting your lamp requires. Safety is paramount, and we covered essential tips to ensure your lampshade is installed securely and responsibly.

To make your lampshade selection foolproof, we offered a practical guide on measuring your lampshade and understanding the various types of fittings available. We also addressed common questions in our FAQ section, providing clarity on frequently encountered lampshade dilemmas.

Finally, we considered the longevity of your lampshade investment. Proper care and maintenance are essential to keep your lampshades looking their best, and we shared valuable tips on cleaning and preserving their beauty.

In conclusion, lampshades are not just functional accessories; they are integral elements of your home’s aesthetic. Armed with the knowledge gained from this comprehensive guide, you are now well-equipped to select the perfect lampshade and ensure its longevity through proper care. So, let your creativity shine and illuminate your living spaces with style and sophistication, one carefully chosen lampshade at a time.

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