Frequently Asked Questions on Lampshades 

1. How do I choose the right shade for my base?

Have a look at our lampshade Size Guide here. Ideally the height of the shade will need to be approximately around two-thirds of the height of the lamp stand. It’s important to get the proportions right. A shade that is too tall will not look good, and neither will one that is too short. It will make the lamp look to be out of balance. The switch should not be visible when your lampshade is fitted.

2. How do you clean the shades?

Gently vacuum on lower suction or certain shades you can wipe with a lightly damp sponge. Always check the instructions on each shade. 

3. Are the shades and lights fire resistant?

Yes they are backed with a PVC which has been tested in the Lighting Association Laboratories and has passed the glow wire test to conform to Luminaires BS EN 60598-1:2015. Test reports are available if requested.

4. What type of lamp holder will this lampshade fit?

The frame has been designed to fit any UK fitting (Bayonet Cap B22) or European (Edison Screw E27). It comes with a clever little convertor plug which enables it to work with both fittings. If you are unsure don’t hesitate to contact us as we are happy to help.

5. Do you make lampshades for US fittings?

Yes, these can be ordered specifically so please e-mail Karen for a quote.

6. Do you make shades with a diffuser?

Yes, these can be ordered so please contact Karen for further details.

7. What wattage Bulb can be used in the shades.

We recommend the use of low energy bulbs with all your lampshades. Ideally a 60watt bulb. They use less energy and the lampshades are a popular kids gift as they are cool to the touch making them safe for their rooms.

8. Do you recover lampshades.

Yes we do recover if you wish to receive a quote for this service please contact Karen for further details and also check out the blog section of the website as you will see some recovered lampshade images that may be helpful.

9. Interior Designers

We also work with Interior Designers to help create a perfect lampshade for their client’s requirements so if you wish contact Karen for further details and pricing. If you wish to supply the fabric this can also be discussed.

10. Lampshade Commissions.

Here at Fabricate, we love to design and create a unique commissioned piece whether it is a lampshade or a piece of wall art for your home or as a gift. So please do contact Karen for further details if you have a specific idea in mind.

11. Do you have alternate shape Lamp shades?

We certainly do, not all our ranges or sizes are available online so please contact us as we have a wide variety of lampshades available from Hexagon, Tapered, Drum, Square, Coolie & Empire small table lamps & large floor lampshades. We also can alter the length of the shade so if you wish to make the shade longer this can also be accommodated or embellished.

12. Could I come by to have a look at your studio and ask some questions before purchasing a lampshade or booking a course?

Absolutely we would be happy to help you, you may need to check that we have no classes or workshops running, as we would like to give you our full attention.



FAQ for Workshops & Classes


1. How can we find out about upcoming workshops & classes?

If you sign up for our newsletter you will keep up to date with all classes and workshops. You can also follow us on Facebook,  Instagram and/or Pinterest. The links are at the bottom of the page. If you are part of a Craft group or an Education Organisation and would like to host a workshop please contact Karen for further details as she does travel to various locations throughout Ireland. 

2. What is the suitable age for workshops

Fabricate run both Adult & Kids classes & Workshops. We also have a variety of crafts suitable for all ages, Summer & Christmas camps suitable for all children. If you wish to find out more details sign up to our newsletter or pop an email to

3. How many people are there on your courses?

We like to keep numbers small to ensure everyone gets as much individual attention as possible and to provide the best possible quality of teaching. Because of this, we keep our numbers minimum 5-6, with a maximum of 12 places.

4. Can I buy my fabrics from you?

Yes you can! We have a selection of lovely fabrics and craft supplies suitable for all our course projects. Some of our courses kits are included in the price.

5. Do you take card payments?

Yes we do. We also can organise PayPal or Online (Stripe) payments. A deposit is required to secure your place at all our workshops.

6. Deposits

You need to pay a deposit to secure your place on our workshops. Generally this is a non refundable deposit, however if you notify us within 10 working days of your inability to attend your booked workshop and providing that we can refill the space on the workshop, you can transfer your deposit to another workshop date.

7. Is there parking available?

Yes. I am delighted to say we have ample free parking. 

8. Do you receive a Certificate or Qualification after attending your courses.

 No you don’t, Our courses are aimed at providing  Professional skills for the home/ hobby sewist or crafter. Although all of our in-house and outside tutors are industry professionals with the expertise and skills required, our courses are short courses; either a one-day or weekend workshop or a 6-week or 8-week series of classes. 

9. Could I come by to have a look at your studio and ask some questions before booking a course/Workshop?

Absolutely we would be happy to help you, you may need to check that we have no classes or workshops running, as we would like to give you our full attention. Fabricate will also have samples in store so it can help you decide on what course is suitable for you.


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