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LAMPSHADE LESSON: The height of the shade itself should make up one-third to one-half the total height of the lamp. Use the lamp's total height measurement to get the appropriate proportions for the width. The width, measured at the bottom of the lampshade, should fall between one-half to three-quarters the height of the lamp.

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Height As a rule of thumb, choose a shade that's two-thirds the height of the base. That proportion assures that the lamp won't look top or bottom heavy.