A Step-by-Step Guide: How to Measure for the Perfect Lampshade

Are you tired of struggling to find the right size lampshade for your favorite lamp? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. In this step-by-step guide, we will walk you through the process of measuring for the perfect lampshade. By following these simple instructions, you’ll be able to find a lampshade that not only fits your lamp but also enhances its aesthetic appeal. So let’s get started.

Gather Your Tools

Before you begin measuring, make sure you have all the necessary tools at hand. You will need a tape measure, a pen or pencil, and a piece of paper to jot down your measurements. It’s important to have these items ready so that you can accurately record the dimensions of your lamp and ensure a successful search for the ideal lampshade.

Measure the Height

The first measurement you need to take is the height of your lamp base. Start by placing your tape measure at the base of your lamp and extend it all the way up to where you want your lampshade to sit. Make sure to measure along the curve or contour of your base if it has one. Jot down this measurement on your piece of paper.

Next, measure from where the light bulb screws in (also known as “the fitter”) up to where you want your shade to rest. This measurement is crucial as it determines how much space there will be between the bulb and shade. Note down this distance on your paper as well.

Measure the Top and Bottom Widths

Now it’s time to measure both ends of your lampshade – specifically, its top and bottom widths. To measure these dimensions accurately, place one end of your tape measure at one side edge (either top or bottom) and extend it across until reaching the other side edge. Take note of this measurement for both the top and bottom widths.

It’s important to mention that some lampshades have different top and bottom widths. In such cases, make sure to measure each width separately. Also, keep in mind that you may need to measure the widest part of the shade if it is irregularly shaped.

Measure the Slant Height (Optional)

Finally, if your lampshade has a sloped or slanted design, you may want to measure its slant height as well. This measurement is taken from the top edge of the shade down to the bottom edge along the slope. It helps determine how much of an angle or tilt your lampshade will have when placed on your lamp.

To measure the slant height, place one end of your tape measure at the top edge of the shade and extend it down along the slope until reaching the bottom edge. Jot down this measurement if applicable.


Measuring for a lampshade may seem like a daunting task at first, but with this step-by-step guide, you can easily find the perfect fit for your lamp. Remember to gather your tools before starting, take accurate measurements of height, top and bottom widths, and consider measuring slant height if necessary. Armed with these measurements, you’ll be able to confidently shop for a lampshade that not only fits but also complements your lamp beautifully.

This text was generated using a large language model, and select text has been reviewed and moderated for purposes such as readability.