Choosing a Shape

COOLIE – EMPIRE – DRUM – CYLINDER

Selecting the right shape and size for a lamp base stays personal. If the main criterion is your personal favorite, there are lampshade shapes that are more suitable depending on the lamp base.

If you have difficulty in choosing the right shape and size lampshade, why not go to a lighting shop with your lamp base and try on different lampshade shapes and sizes and let your eyes and your imagination guide you.

Here is some advice to help you calculate the size with the shape the most suitable for your lamp base.

For a Coolie shape, the basic rule on proportions is that,

  1. The bottom width of the lampshade (a) is equal to the height of the lamp base measured below the socket (b).
  2. For a larger lamp base (c), increase the bottom width of the lampshade (a).
    For a more slender lamp base
    (c), reduce the bottom width of the lampshade (a).
Advice on measuring for harmonizing the size of a coolie shaped lampshade on a lamp base.

For Empire, Drum and Cylinder shapes

favor a smaller bottom width than for the measures taken for the Coolie shape, as the top opening of the lampshade is larger making the lampshade bigger.

Sizing an empire shaped lampshade in harmony with a lamp base.
Sizing a drum shaped lampshade in harmony with a lamp base.
Sizing a cylinder shaped lampshade in harmony with a lamp base.

CYLINDER SHAPE LAMPSHADES

All fabric prints are suitable for cylinder shape lampshades. The cylinder shape is even recommended for certain pattern-prints. Cylinder shape lampshades give a maximum of light because the top opening of the shade is larger. Images of cylinder lampshades and the positioning of the pattern-prints :

Different sizes of cylinder shape lampshades in stripe, toile and check fabric print designs in a variety of yellow colors.

PENDANT CYLINDER LAMPSHADES

(only available for European E27 references)

Possibility of having your lampshade as a pendant shade (ceiling shade) in the cylinder shape. For a pendant cylinder shade, please specify in the field “Message” at the time of your request (for the direction of the print).