Buying Guide for Lampshades
Why buy lampshades?
If you have a lamp, but your lampshade feels dated, has a stain, or overall feels meh in your space, you may want to consider replacing the shade. Or, if you have just scored a beautiful lamp at a second-hand sale and need a shade to bring it to life, you’ll want to check out some great lampshade options.
What should you consider in lampshades?
- Fitter: You’ll want to make sure the lampshade you choose is compatible with the lamp base fitter type. Spider or harp fittrs are the most common type, and they attach to a piece above the bulb with a finial. Clip-on fitters directly connect to the bulb.
- Material: Look for a lampshade crafted from durable, long-lasting fabric, such as hand-woven linen. The material can also add to the aesthetic you’re going for in your space. For example, if you love a nautical/coastal style, consider a rope- or jute-wrapped lampshade to fit that aesthetic.
- Shape: There are various lampshade shapes available, like bell, oval, drum, square, or rectangular shades. These can distribute light differently and add subtle style with rounded vs. sharp edges, so choose a design that fits your preferences and space.
What are some tips for taking care of your lampshades?
It all depends on the material of your lampshade. If it is made of fabric, take off the shade and remove as much dust as possible with either a vacuum or soft brush attachment. You can also use a lint roller for lighter cleanings. You can immerse the shade in soapy water for greater stains and quickly rinse it using cold water. After, you will want to pat it dry and let it air-dry before putting it back on the lamp base. If it is made of paper or parchment, you won’t be able to use water; instead, use a microfiber cloth to remove the dust. For glass lampshades, you should be fine to put it in the dishwasher or a tub of warm soapy water with added white vinegar (to remove grease); then, rinse and hand-dry it.
Our Picks for the Best Lampshades
ALUCSET Small Lamp Shade
Made from natural linen, this simple yet beautiful understated lampshade adds texture and style to your table or floor lamp.
Pros: If you have a table or floor lamp that needs revamping, this lampshade is excellent. It uses spider mode and will require a harp for easy installation. This lampshade diffuses light without a yellowing effect, adding a touch of softness to your room. Overall, this lampshade is a fantastic value for the dollar.
Cons: The color of the lampshades vary from the online photos.
Bottom Line: With a wide variety of styles and colors, this lampshade may be just what you’re looking for. The quality details and texture make this lampshade a fantastic understated statement piece.
Brentwood Collection Ivory Pleated Large Lampshade
This well-made retro throwback lampshade is perfect for adding a touch of class to your table lamps or floor lamps without overspending.
Pros: This lampshade will add a bit of visual fun interest to your space with its pleated design. It is made of a cotton-polyester fabric with a white polystyrene inner liner. It has a spider fitting with a brass finish and comes with a harp and finial to complete the lampshade’s look.
Cons: It doesn’t allow as much light to shine through like others.
Bottom Line: If you’re a lover of classic design, these beautiful lampshades may be right for you. The white/ivory color matches traditional lampshades perfectly, making this an excellent replacement for an older lampshade that may be fading.
ALUCSET Metal Lampshade with Pattern of Trees
Made for lamps with harp supports, this beautifully designed lampshade adds a touch of outdoor scenery to your indoor space.
Pros: Creating a cast of shadows, this lampshade transports you to the great outdoors. The outside is black and the inside golden, softening the light. The metal material makes this a durable and long-lasting piece of decor that will make a statement.
Cons: This lampshade does not come with a liner.
Bottom Line: If you’re looking for a beautiful lampshade that creates beautiful shadows on your ceiling and walls, this is a unique and fun choice.
FenchelShades.com Set of 2 Lampshades
Made from quality fabric in the USA, you can choose just about any luxe color lampshade to accentuate your favorite table or floor lamps.
Pros: These lampshades are double boxed during shipping to avoid damage in transit. They arrive true to color—even the whitest white has no yellowish tones, unlike some other lampshades. The 2-pack is a great bang for your buck if you need more than one to match.
Cons: These lampshades are on the shorter side.
Bottom Line: Consider these if you’re looking for a pair of high-quality lampshades that won’t break the budget but get the job done.
HUOKU 3-Tier Drum Fabric Lampshade with Natural Linen
For a luxury modern look, replace your pendant light or chandelier shades with this beautifully made lampshade.
Pros: Unlike some other similar shades, this lampshade requires no assembly. It folds open before your eyes— attach it to the E26 light fixture, and you’re good to go. Plus, there are several neutral tones and patterns to choose from that should suit most everyday living spaces.
Cons: This lampshade is quite heavy. You will need a sturdy base if you’re using it on a floor lamp.
Bottom Line: This elegant-looking lampshade will upgrade your room in minutes. The three-tier style is great for beachy, modern, or industrial-style spaces. Given the quality of its materials, this lampshade is a steal.
Many lampshades on the market range in size, shape, material, pattern, and color, so you’ll never have trouble finding one that fits your style. Some lampshades even make you feel like you’re staring at the stars, basking in a soft sunset glow, or relaxing in the wilderness. The sky’s the limit!