Too-Large Lampshades, Big Problems
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What lampshades are too large for a floor lamp?
Lampshade Guide: Your torchiere lampshade is so large it's hitting your head as you try to read. Ideally, torchiere fabric replacement lamp shades should be the size of the lampshades the lamp originally came with. For example, the Viennese-inspired John-Richard Torchiere lampshade is 12 inches high, 7 inches across the base and 7 inches at the top. The lamp itself measures 68 inches high.
- For a table lamp, the height of a lampshade should be roughly 3/4 the height of the base. Shades for floor lamps can be smaller so as not to overwhelm.
- Chandelier lamp shades can be larger or smaller than the socket of the downlight or uplight, but are smaller than the base of the chandelier. You don't see great huge chandelier lamp shades!
- How far down should a lamp shade extend? It should cover the electrical fittings and the base of the socket, but if you can't see to change the light bulb, you have a problem.
If your lamp shade is too large, it's time to think about switching it to another lamp base.