How to Measure a Drum Lampshade

Measuring a Drum lampshade is easy. All you need is a ruler or tape measure, and measure the four dimensions shows in the diagram.

Measurement Tip – For each measurement, you take, make sure you are measuring rim-to-rim or point-to-point.  For the width across the top and bottom of the lampshade, your ruler or measuring tape should pass through the center of the lampshade to ensure the maximum measurement is taken.

Four Dimensions

Lampshades are measured and sized using the diameters of the top and bottom as well as a side measurement:

A – Length and width across the top of the lampshade
B – Length and width across the bottom of the lampshade
C – Slant height measured from top to bottom along the side of the lampshade
D – Vertical height is the straight up and down measurement from the top of the lampshade to the bottom of the shade


The width across the bottom is what is referred to as the size of the lampshade. The top dimension is only important to the shape of the shade – it does not contribute to how the lampshade will fit the lamp. The side dimension is important in fitting the shade to the lamp. However, with the availability of harps in different heights, shades of varying heights can be adjusted / changed to allow for a proper fit to the lamp.

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