Are you wondering how to accurately measure a lampshade? Below is a quick guide for measuring your lampshade correctly. This information is necessary for building a custom lampshade or during the discovery process of having an existing lampshade refurbished.
The three dimensions for lampshades are usually listed as top x bottom x slant. The top is the diameter of the top, the bottom is the diameter of the lampshade’s bottom opening, and the slant is the length of the side of the lampshade. Most shades are labeled by their bottom diameter. For example, a lampshade that is 6 X 14 X 11 would be called a 14” lampshade.
A fourth measurement to consider is the “fitter drop.” In general, your fitter drop is the distance from the very top of the lampshade, measuring straight down, to the middle of the ring or “fitter” that attaches to your lamp’s harp. The easiest way to measure your fitter drop is to turn your lampshade upside down on a table or flat surface and measure from the table to the fitter.
Please contact us with any questions or concerns when you are measuring your lampshade, and we will be more than happy to assist you!