Lampshade Shapes & Sizes

All our lampshades are made by hand and as they are bespoke you can choose whatever shape and size you like.

However, these are the standard shapes and sizes you may want to consider (it’s quite a long list so if you’re not sure where to start just get in touch and we can advise you!)

Candle Clip Lampshades

These are our smallest lampshades. They are tapered and the top ring has a clip that fits over a candle bulb. There is only one standard size for these but do get in touch if you would like a different size as we can have bespoke frames made for you.

Top diameter: 7.7cm

Bottom diameter: 14cm

Height: 13cm


Straight Drum Lampshades

Straight drum lampshades come in lots of diameters, from the smallest at 15cm to the biggest at 100cm. You can choose the height or we can recommend the best height for you.

Bear in mind that lampshades 45cm and over will usually need a double seam in the fabric as they aren’t wide enough to go all the way round. We can pattern match though, so the seam will hardly show.

We can also supply diffusers if they are for pendant lights.

Available diameters: 15cm, 20cm, 25cm, 30cm, 35cm, 40cm, 45cm, 50cm, 55cm, 60cm, 70cm, 80cm, 100cm.

Please note: We can also supply US washer fitting rings in the following diameters: 20cm, 30cm, 40cm, 45cm. These can be used for straight and empire drum lampshades.


Empire Drum Lampshades (smaller at the top than the bottom)

The options for these are endless but these are examples.

Be careful when choosing fabrics for tapered lampshades – geometric patterns won’t stay straight as they go round, so it is best to go for random prints.

Small Empire

Top diameter: 15cm

Bottom diameter: 20cm

Height: 17cm

Medium Empire

Top diameter: 20cm

Bottom diameter: 30cm

Height: 21cm

Large Empire

Top diameter: 30cm

Bottom diameter: 45cm

Height: 30cm


Rectangular Lampshades

Rectangular lampshades come in three sizes. You can choose the height or we can recommend the best height for you. These lampshades have neat creased corners but there is also an option for rounded corners (see below).

  1. 15cm x 30cm
  2. 20cm x 40cm
  3. 25cm x 50cm

Rounded Rectangular Lampshades

Rounded rectangular lampshades come in four sizes and have smooth rounded corners rather than creases. You can choose the height or we can recommend the best height for you.

  1. 10cm x 20cm
  2. 15cm x 30cm
  3. 20cm x 40cm
  4. 25cm x 50cm

Square Lampshades

Square lampshades come in three sizes. You can choose the height or we can recommend the best height for you. These lampshades have neat creased corners but there is also an option for rounded corners (see below).

  1. 20cm square
  2. 30cm square
  3. 40cm square

Rounded Square Lampshades

Rounded square lampshades come in five sizes. You can choose the height or we can recommend the best height for you.

  1. 15cm square
  2. 20cm square
  3. 25cm square
  4. 30cm square
  5. 40cm square

Oval Lampshades

Oval lampshades come in three sizes and are great for sitting on a lamp base on a console table where there is less room. You can choose the height or we can recommend the best height for you.

  1. Width: 20cm, Depth: 13cm
  2. Width: 30cm, Depth: 22cm
  3. Width: 40cm, Depth: 29.5cm

I hope you find this guide useful when choosing your bespoke lampshades. Get in touch if you need more advice or if you can’t see the shape and size you require (or if you just don’t know where to start!)

Don’t forget we can always recover your current lampshades for you too – this is a great option when you already have a lampshade you love the shape and size of.

Once you have decided on a shape and size for your bespoke lampshade, head over to our fabrics or linings pages for more options.

Alternatively, If you’d like to commission a gilhoolie embroidered lampshade do get in touch, we’re happy to work on a design from your brief that can be made into a lampshade once stitched.

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