By John Carlstrom

A table lamp can be a permanent decorative item in your room. It can serve you for years. When you change your home motif, you can choose to have it adjust to the style and theme that you want. You only have to do some revisions and your favourite decor will look brand new. You wouldn’t even notice that it is the same one that you had before the make-over.

The best make-over that you can do to a table lamp is to change the fabric shade. It only takes a few steps to be able to come up with one that is best for your lighting tool. You only have to consider the size, shape and style of the base and the style as a whole.

The first thing to do is to select the shape of the lamp shade. The common fabric shades are round, square, hexagon, oval, rectangular, cylindrical or bell-shaped. The shape of the fabric should correspond to the shape of the base. A room with an Asian motif can have a Pagoda style shade.

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The next step is to determine the height of the shade. The general rule is to have a height that is two inches less or more than the height of your lamp. To get an accurate measurement, you have to measure from the edge of the lamp to the stem, a point below the cap of the socket. Use this as the basis for your shade’s height.

This means that a 14 inch tall table lamp can have a 12 or 16 inch bottom diameter for the fabric shade.

The last step is to determine the overall height. The height should not be more than the height of the harp plus half inch and not smaller than the height of the harp minus half inch. For a lamp that is 8 inches high, you should have a shade that is 8 1/2 inch or 7 1/2 inch high.

You should note that the height is necessary because you do not want to cover the base of the lamp since the base also adds to the style and overall effect of the lamp.

After choosing the right shade, bottom diameter, height and shape, you are sure to have one fabric that is a perfect fit for your table lamp.

With these guidelines, you will be able to have a well-designed room with the perfect decorative items. The impact and the impression that your room will create with all the complementing items will project an image of having a well-organized and meticulous homemaker in you. You will surely enjoy hearing people’s appreciation and the more rewarding fact is that you will have a home that can give a relaxing atmosphere that is very useful especially when you come from a long stressful day at work.

Get the right lamp shade and you will enjoy the ambiance and the cozy atmosphere that it will create in that corner where you choose your lamp to stand.

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