What Size of Lampshade Shoud I Buy?

Need help choosing the best Dawn Maciocia shade to buy? No worries, we've made this guide to try and help you decide which one is the best for you. If you still require more help please contact us.

Choosing a lampshade is never easy and buying online can make this even more of a challenge. There are so called 'rules' that can help guide you but here at Dawn Maciocia we're great believers that if you find it pleasing to the eye, then it can't be wrong. We don't want it too big or it can look top heavy and clumsy, then again too small and it just looks....well, silly!

I see an image I like on your website but I can't see it as a lampshade in your shop. Can you make one for me? Most of our images can be made into lampshades with a few exceptions. Contact us with the image you would like to see on a shade and we'll see what we can do for you.

 

 

 

Small, large, shallow or deep - which size?

What size are your lampshades?  Our lampshades are offered in 6 different sizes so you are sure to find one that suits. All sizes can be seen in the image above.

Which size of lampshade should I buy? As much as we can suggest which lampshade would be best for you in this guide, ultimately it's all down to your personal choice. However we have put together some guidelines to help you choose:

  •  20 x 18cm shade: suits small bedside lamps or as ceiling lights in very small boxrooms etc.
  •  30 x 21cm shade: ideal for small to medium table lamps or as a ceiling light in small/medium sized rooms.
  •  40 x 22 cm shade: ideal for large table or floor lamps or in medium/large rooms with lower ceilings for a contemporary look.
  •  45 x 25cm shade: ideal for larger table or floor lamps or for medium/large rooms with lower ceilings for a contemporary look.
  •  40 x 31.5cm shade: ideal for large table or floor lamps or for medium/large rooms with higher ceilings.
  •  45 x 35cm shade: idesal for larger table or floor lamps and large rooms with higher ceilings.

Which shade fitting do I need?

  • Lamp: Choose this fitting for a table or standard lamp.
  • Pendant: Choose this fitting if you'd like to hang it from your room ceiling. However, there some floor lamps that require this type of fitting.

What Size of Shade will fit my Table Lamp?

If you already have a table lamp and are looking to match it with one of our shades,  the first thing you should do is measure the height of your lamp (A) from the base to the top (don't include the lamp holder). Then measure the base width (D).

Diameter/Width: When choosing a shade it's width/diameter (C) should be roughly the same measurement as the height of your lamp (A) - anything plus or minus 5cms should be fine. So if your table lamp is 35cms tall, a shade width/diameter of anything between 30 and 40cms should look fine. Remember, this is only a rough guide and the look of your actual lamp will be the deciding factor. TIP: If you're unsure, try cutting out a piece of thick paper the same diameter and height of the shade size you have in mind, roll into a cylinder and tape the joins. Hold this over your lamp base for a rough idea of as to how it will look. 

Our lampshade diameters, or widths (C) come in a choice of 20, 30, 40 and 45cms.

Height: The height of your shade to lamp ratio should be ideally 40/60. So if your lamp is 40cms high, a shade height of around 26cms is ideal.  the of your shade should be about equal to the height of your lamp base. 

Where are your lampshades made? All or our lampshades are hand made in our Scottish studio. Each lampshade is designed and printed onto the softest faux-suede before being hand rolled and tucked. We then individually quality check each one so you can be rest assured you are buying a quality product made by our very own hands in Scotland.

 

I see an image I like on your website but I can't see it as a lampshade in your shop. Can you make one for me? Most of our images can be made into lampshades with a few exceptions. Contact us with the image you would like to see on a shade and we'll see what we can do for you.

 

 


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