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Posted on March 23, 2015 by Angela V | 0 comments

Having problems with an old and worn out lampshade? As time goes on, these decorative and useful items can lose their color and become torn and frayed. Lamps are meant to be a stylish part of every room, and having an old lamp shade is no way good decorum.

Luckily, you do not need to run out and replace every lamp shade that starts to show a little wear. You can easily recover a lamp shade using a slip-on shade cover to help revitalize the look of the lamp while also serving to protect the shade for years.

Not only can you use shade covers to recover a lamp shade that has become worn, you can use them to protect new shades and add a bit of color and flash to your lamp. Our shade covers come in a variety of colors and designs to conform to any taste, and they are easily removed and machine washable for convenience.

Whether you need to recover a lamp shade to a newer condition or simply wish to protect a shade from damage, this guide will help you in selecting the perfect shade cover for you.


How do I pick the correct size?

    1. Choose from either cone or drum shape to match your existing lamp shade:

      Cone Shape

      Drum Shape
  1. Measure your shade. There are three dimensions you will need:

    a) Top Dimension - measure across the top of your shade.

    b) Bottom Dimension - measure across the bottom of your shade.

    c) Height or Slant – measure from top to bottom of shade along the outside edge in a straight line.
  2. Shade Covers are sized Small, Medium and Large. Once you have your shade measurements, use the chart below to select the closest size and shape:
      Top Bottom Height   Top Bottom Height
    Small 4-6" 10-12" 8-10" Small 6-8" 6-8" 6-8"
    Medium 6-9" 14-17" 10-12" Medium 10-14" 10-14" 8-10"
    Large 8-11" 15-18" 13-15" Large 12-15" 12-15" 10-12"

    For example: You have a drum shaped shade and it's measurements are 10" across the top, 12" across the bottom and 11" slant height. Look at the sizing chart and you will see the drum size you need is "medium".
  3. Now pick the style you would like and order the correct Shade Cover shape & size:
    Zebra print shade cover 

    Zebra Print

Liberty shade cover fabric
    Lady Liberty
    Leopard skin shade cover 

    Leopard Print

How do I use my Shade Cover?

Installing a Shade Cover is easy as putting on a T-Shirt. Remove the shade from your lamp base. Pull the stretchable Shade Cover over the top of the shade pulling down until it is securely in place. Reinstall the shade on your lamp. Instructional video

How do I keep my Shade Cover looking nice?

Lampshade Shade Covers are extremely durable and go on and off with ease. They can be vacuumed in place, taken off and shaken and are machine washable in cold water, NO BLEACH. Tumble dry on low heat and replace on shade.

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