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Help Determining Shade Size

Need a new shade, but you aren't sure what size?

No problem! Here is the checklist of things I need to help you find the perfect size shade for your lamp and your space.


  1. PHOTO - A photo of the lamp base without a shade - preferably eye level with the center of the total height to help me make the most accurate mock up 
  2. MEASUREMENTS - total height, total width, height of just the base without the harp hardware, height of harp from the very top to where the harp arm sits (where it attaches to the neck), and height of any metal neck (if applicable)
  3. LOCATION - where will this lamp live? In a living room or bedroom? On a narrow table or dresser? Next to a bed or sofa? Knowing how much room we have around the lamp will give me a better understanding of how wide the shade can be. For example, if it’s sitting on a narrow nightstand, that might limit our diameter options.
  4. USE - is this lamp for reading? Is it the main lamp in the room or just an accent lamp? Knowing how often this lamp will get used and how much light is required of it will help me to suggest the best fabric options, or even talk you out of the one you love (sorry, it’s true). Ultimately, I want you to be happy with your shade, and I want it to work for your needs in your space.

Once I’ve got the first two items on the list, I can work on a mock up to show you a couple different options. Oftentimes, the answers to the last two items are what narrow down the choices to the best options for you. Making a mock up can take a couple days, but once it's complete, we can review it together and make sure I will be making you the perfect shade for your needs.

When you are ready, please send you photo and measurements to me via my email kristanhyde [@] or my Etsy page


Need a shade with a non-standard ring? If your shade currently uses a clip-on attachment, an uno ring, or euro fitter ring, there are adapters available online that can modify your lamp with a simple piece of hardware.  A google search for "uno to spider lamp shade adapter" or "slip uno adapter" will pull up hardware options to add a modified saddle (slip) and harp to your existing lamp. Searching for "clip-on to finial adapter" is another option if it's a very small lamp and shade.