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Anatomy of a Floor Lamp


Are you getting ready to purchase a floor lamp for one or multiple rooms in your home? If so, understanding the various parts of a floor lamp can be helpful. Keep reading to learn the basic terms and how each of the structures function. Here are the six basic parts of a floor lamp. (photo at bottom)


  1. Shade

The lampshade directs and controls light from the bulb. There are a variety of different lampshade styles and fittings.


Some lampshade styles include:

  • Classic drum
  • Tapered drum
  • Shallow drum
  • Shallow tapered drum
  • Classic oval
  • Classic empire
  • Pembroke empire
  • Gallery empire
  • Bell
  • Horn
  • Cut corner inverted square bell
  • Sharp corner square
  • Sharp corner square tapered
  • Sharp corner rectangle


 Some styles of lampshade fittings include:

  • Regular bulb clip
  • Candle bulb clip
  • Washer & spider filter
  • Hurricane or chimney fitter
  • Threaded UNO fitter
  • Reflector bowl fitter
  • Nardi or slip UNO fitter
  • Euro fitter


  1. Pole

The pole is the structure that provides height for the lamp. It is also where the shade and bulb attach.


  1. Adjuster and/or Swivel

Depending on the type of floor lamp you select, your lamp may have a swivel and adjuster feature. Together, these allow you to modify the direction of the shade, which in turn adjusts where the light is shining without having to move the lamp base.


  1. Break

The break is the part of the lamp that secures or loosens the top of the pole from the bottom of the poll. This feature allows you to adjust the height of the floor lamp. Generally speaking, floor lamps usually between 58 and 64 inches tall, and the bottom of the lampshade is generally not lower than the eye level of a seated individual.


  1. Husk

The husk is the part of the lamp that attaches the poll to the floor lamp base. You’ll mostly utilize this part of your floor lamp when assembling it, and you’ll want to make sure it’s screwed in tight to ensure your floor lamp is secure.


  1. Base

The base of your lamp will usually be the heaviest and widest part of your lamp. It helps to anchor it to the floor and keep it upright. Depending on the type of space you’re putting your floor lamp in, you’ll likely want to choose the base carefully. Some types of bases take up less space than others. For example, a small circular base is generally better for tight areas than a tripod base.


Final thoughts

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