Designer and maker of beautiful traditional and contemporary lampshades

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Bespoke, Traditional and Contemporary Lampshades

Gorgeous, individually-designed, traditional (soft) lampshades and contemporary (rigid, card-backed) lampshades, beautifully made by The Lampshade Lady at her studio in Bilting (between Ashford and Canterbury) in the heart of Kent. 

Please make an appointment if you would like to visit the studio

Traditional Lampshades

The Lampshade Lady's bespoke, traditional lampshades are made in the traditional way - the frame is bound and then the outer, lining and trim are individually fitted and hand hand-sewn to the frame. The Lampshade Lady makes traditional lampshades with plain, pleated, swathed or gathered covers (usually made of silk, linen or cotton) and lines them with silk - a natural fabric that looks sumptuous, reflects the light and is naturally fire resistant.

There is a good selection of traditional lampshade frames (new and pre-loved) suitable for table lamps, standard lamps, pendants and chandeliers as well as full lampshade frames and half lampshade frames for wall lights and chandeliers at The Lampshade Lady's studio. Traditional lampshade frames can made to your requirements. 

Some hand-sewn, traditional lampshades can be designed and ordered using The Lampshade Lady's bespoke lampshade designer: please select the "shop" tab at the top of this page and follow the instructions - you can opt to supply your own fabric for your bespoke, traditional lampshade. If you prefer a different shape or size you can make an appointment to visit The Lampshade Lady's studio or telephone or email with your requirements.

Contemporary Lampshades 

The Lampshade Lady's custom-made, card-backed lampshades are made by hand, using specially-designed lampshade lining card. Card-backed lampshades can be made with fabric or wallpaper outers and can have card or fabric interiors.

The Lampshade Lady's bespoke, contemporary lampshades can be made in shapes including circular lampshades (shapes range from drum to cylinder to coolie); rectangular lampshades, square lampshades, oval lampshades. Bespoke lampshade shapes can be made to your requirements. Candle-clip lampshades for chandeliers and wall lights are also available.

Some hand-made, contemporary lampshades can be designed and ordered using The Lampshade Lady's bespoke lampshade designer: please select  the "shop" tab at the top of this page and follow the instructions - you can opt to supply your own fabric or wallpaper for your bespoke, contemporary lampshade. If you prefer a different shape or size you can make an appointment to visit The Lampshade Lady's studio or telephone or email with your requirements.

Lampshade Diffusers

The Lampshade Lady has a range of translucent lampshade diffusers. Lampshade diffusers can be covered with fabric to match, or contrast, with your lampshade or left plain and can be ordered in person, by telephone or email.

Lampshade Repair Service

Re-covering traditional lampshades

Great lampshade shape? Great size? Shame about the colour or condition? The Lampshade Lady can re-cover your traditional lampshade! Your traditional lampshade will be stripped and, if necessary, re-enamelled before being re-covered in the traditional way: first the frame is bound and then the outer, lining and trim are hand-sewn to the frame. 

Re-lining traditional lampshades or changing the trim

Some traditional lampshades look good on the outside but need a new lining - The Lampshade Lady offers a lampshade re-lining service for traditional lampshades. 

Perhaps your traditional lampshade is in good condition but the trim is letting it down - The Lampshade Lady can change your traditional lampshade's trim. 

Re-covering contemporary (card-backed) lampshades

The ring-set or frame can be re-used so your contemporary lampshade keeps the same fitting and is the same shape as before. The contemporary lampshade will be stripped and, if necessary, re-enamelled before being re-covered.  

Lampshade Fabrics and Trimmings

There is a good selection of carefully sourced fabrics and trimmings for traditional and contemporary lampshades at The Lampshade Lady's studio or you can supply your own "Customer's Own Material" (COM) if you prefer. Sample fabrics and trimmings are available.

Ready-Made Lampshades, Lamps and Accessories

The Lampshade Lady has a limited selection of one-off, ready-made traditional and contemporary lampshades and pre-loved table and standard lamps available to buy at the studio. Shade carriers; round pin plugs and other lamp and lampshade accessories are also stocked.

Re-wiring, Converting Objects into Lamps, Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)

If you have an object you would like converted into a lamp, or if you have a lamp that needs re-wiring, please bring it to the studio. The Lampshade Lady is PAT certified and tests most types of standard and table lamps.