Investing in antique glass lamp shades is a wonderful way to give your home that nostalgic look you’ve been after. Replacing an old boring, fabric shade with an art deco, Victorian, or beautiful hand painted lamp shade is such a simple procedure that will leave behind a splendidly noticeable difference that will lead you room by room, throughout your house, replacing every shade in sight.
The design possibilities with antique glass lamp shades go on forever. Whether you’re going for a rustic look, romantic, or elegant you will have no problem finding what you are looking for. You will need to measure your lamp base and your existing shade if available.
You will use these measurements to determine whether or not the glass lamp shade will be wide enough, or too wide, for your lamp base. Typically you can try to match your antique glass shade dimensions with your current shade dimensions.
You will also have to pay close attention to your lamps method of fastening the shade. Some lamps have a “harp”, which is a piece of metal that bends around each side of the bulb that the shade sits on and is then secured with a threaded “finial”. Other lamps require a shade that attaches at the base of the bulb, essentially being held in place by the bulb. Another type of lamp calls for a shade that clips directly to the body of the bulb, though not many antique glass lamp shades use this method.
You can find glass shade for floor lamps also, but this style lamp cannot accommodate just any shade. You will need to be sure your chosen glass shade will balance properly and safely on your floor lamp. Get as much product information as you can, along with photographs, of the antique glass lamp shades you are interested. Compare dimensions with your existing shades and, if possible, email or chat with a specialist at the dealership and explain to them what you have and what you are looking for. No one wants to get stuck packaging and returning antique glass goods if they don’t have to.