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Cylinder Shades

Cylinder Styles
Cylinders are the most contemporary looking of shades - and the most versatile. With their straight sides, they can be fitted one way to fit a table or floor lamp (bulb pointing up) and turned upside down to fit a pendant ceiling light (bulb pointing down).
  • We make three sizes of cylinder – narrow, medium and wide.

  • The narrow is from 13-30cm wide, the medium 16-40cm wide and the wide cylinders are 20-50cm wide.

  • They are all made with round shade rings that screw onto your shade beneath the bulb and are supplied with reducers to ensure a universal fit.

Narrow Cylinder Shade Dimensions

Narrow Cylinder Shade Dimensions

Medium Cylinder Shade dimensions

Medium Cylinder Dimensions

Wide Cylinder Shade Dimensions

Wide Cylinder Shade Dimensions


Cylinder frame
Reducer Ring

What fitting do your Cylinders have?

Our Cylinder shades are made from good quality white card that makes them self supporting. They have a circular wire frame, as shown on the left, which sits at the bottom of the shade, with a second, same sized wire ring fitted to the top. Theshade ring - or 'gimble' - that fits the shade to your lamp base, is fixed around 4 to 6cm up from the bottom (depending on size) and is supplied with a reducer ring, as shown, that can be removed to ensure a universal fit.


Can I use a cylinder as a ceiling light?

All our cylinder shades can be used with a pendant light. The beauty of straight sides is that they can be used one way up to fit a lamp base, and turned upside down to fit a pendant light.

How big should my shade be?

For useful information about sizing shades for a lamp base see our Knowledge Base Guide
  • How to size for a Table Lamp 
  • The width of your shade should be equal to the height of your base.
  • The height of your shade should be two thirds the height of your base (divide the base height by 3).
  • Your shade should be wider than the widest part of your base.

What size do I need for a floor lamp?

For useful information on sizing shades for floor lamps, see our Knowledge Base guide
  •  How to Size for a Floor Lamp.
  • Measure the height of your floor lamp from the floor to the underneath of the bulb holder.
  • Divide this by 4 to get the right height of your shade.
  • The width of the shade should be wider than the base.

How much light will be let through?

Generally, the lighter the colour and weave of the fabric, the more light the shade will allow through. The darker and heavier the fabric, the more the light is channelled through the top and bottom of the shade. For useful information about fabrics andtheir use as shades, see our Knowledge Base guide - Lampshades FAQs

Can I use any of your fabrics?

Yes, we can make any of our shades in any of our fabrics as a bespoke item. Please contact our helpful customer service team to raise a quote.

Can I use my own fabric?

Yes, we can generally make any of our shades in your own fabric, we just ask that you send in a swatch first so that we can be sure it is suitable. For more information, see our Knowledge Base Guide on Bespoke Lampshades.

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