Fabric Shades

Since 1972, we have manufactured our own line of lamp shades.  We are able to offer ANY SIZE Lamp Shade you may need!   We stock hundreds of lamp shades ready made for your convenience.    However, with the thousands of possibilities we often need to custom make your shade in the size and fabric you may need.  We offer this service at no additional charge, truly -

Custom Work, without the Custom Price!




How to Properly Measure Your Lamp Shade

Step #1 - Correct Measurements
Step #2 - Determine the correct fitter
Step #3 - Measure the recess of the fitter
Step #4 - Choosing the fabric
Step #5 - Place the order or ask questions

Follow this Easy "Step by Step" Guide

Step #1 - Correct Measurements:

We need to know...   top, bottom, and slant measurements

Note:  When you order your lamp shade try to give us the measurements in the following order to avoid confusion.            Top, Bottom, & Slant

1. Measure the size across the top of the shade.
2. Measure the size across the bottom of the shade.
3. Measure the slant of the shade (This would be from top to bottom on the outside edge).

Step #2 - Determine the fitter:

There are several types of fitters that we offer: (see detailed information on each fitter directly below this list)

1. Washer
2. Regular Clip
3. Candle Clip
4. Uno
5. To fit on a Chimney
6. Slip Washer
7. To fit on a Glass Reflector (size of reflector, usually 6”, 8”, or 10”).

STEP #2,  #1.   "WASHER"

This is the most common lamp shade fitter.  If your lamp uses a harp (see picture), you will need a washer fitter.  

Available in Nickel Finish as well as the traditional Brass Finish.



This is the fitter you need if your light bulb is a standard household bulb as shown in the picture above.     Smaller lamps sometimes require a candle bulb and proper clip, shown below.



This is the fitter you need if your light bulb is the pointed bulb as shown in the picture above.   These shades are normally smaller than the shade that fits on a standard bulb, shown below.


STEP #2,  #4.  UNO

This is the fitter you need if your light bulb hangs down from a floor lamp or table lamp and the socket has threads on the outside of the metal shelled lamp socket.  See "Uno Lampshades" page for more information.

 NOTE:  The Uno fitter that we offer is made to screw onto the threaded end of a metal lamp socket.  Many of the new imported lamps are designed to use a lamp shade with a fitter that looks like a "Uno" fitter, but it does not have threads.  The traditional Uno fitter that we offer will not fit on those lamps.  This Uno fitter is designed to attach a lamp shade to a hanging metal socket, normally on a bridge floor lamp.  The picture below is a good example of a Uno fitter mounted on a bridge floor lamp.



This is the fitter you need if you are using a lampshade that sets directly on a lamp chimney.

A chimney ring fitter lampshade can be used on traditional glass oil lamps as well as on the brass lamps as shown below. Any of our fabrics are safe to use for this application.

Note:  Additional information we need to provide a lampshade with the chimney ring fitter is the diameter of the ring itself. The smaller the ring the higher the shade will sit on the chimney. (See picture below)



This is a fitter that is not as commonly used. This fitter is designed to slip through a loosened assembly, most typically on hanging or "swag" lamps. The assembly is tightened with the shade in place. Designed to add or remove the lampshade without unwiring the unit.



This fitter is designed with lamps that use an I.E.S. Reflector. These reflectors are commonly 6", 8" or 10". The 10" reflector is used as the example in the pictures above.  The shade fitter is made with notches that allow the lampshade to rest on the glass reflector without sliding around. Some table lamps such as lamps made by Stiffel, Rembrandt and others use a reflector and many floor lamps such as seen in the picture examples. We need to know the size of your reflector to provide the correct fit for your lamp.


Step #3 - Measure the recess of the fitter

Measure the recess of the fitter (This is most easily measured by turning the shade upside down on a table top. Then measure from the table surface to the fitter of the shade)  The pictures below show this process.


In the pictures above, we have taken a large lampshade, turned it upside down on our showroom counter, and then placed a yardstick inside the lampshade against the surface and measured directly up to the fitter. This shows that the recess of this shade is 4".

Step #4 - Choosing the fabric

We offer several choices of "in-stock" fabric. Choices include Silks, Linens, Papers, Burlap, Pleated and more.

Or, you may provide us with your own fabric for a complte personal touch!

Step #5 - Place the order or ask questions

We will be glad to answer any questions you may have to make this process painless!  We pride ourselves as being "old-school" business. We are so thankful for the internet and that it allows us to bring our business into your home or office, but when you are ready to place the order, please give us a call or provide us with your telephone number and a convenient time that we can give you a call. We do not suggest that you give us your credit card information via e-mail. We look forward to speaking with you, very soon!







Have Questions? Ready to place an order:

Give us a call at 859-255-5285 or send us an email at shannonlampservice@windstream.net


Don't worry about lampshade terminology!!

Tapered Lamp Shade
Coolie Lamp Shade
Slanted Lamp Shade
Flared Lamp Shade
Drum Lamp Shade
Straight Lamp Shade

Or even Others...

It doesn't matter what you call it, as long as you provide the right measurements, it will be right.

Example: If you need a shade that is 13" top, 14" bottom, and 12" high, it will be a "drum" lamp shade no matter what terminology you use. So don't worry about using the right word, just have the right measurements.