||In the early years The Lamp Company went to
outside vendors exclusively for the lampshades we
used for the lamps we were making. In doing so we
encountered two problems, turn around time and cost.
We were able to make a lamp in half the time it took
us to order and receive the lampshade we needed to
complete the job, and all too often when it finally
arrived it had been damaged in shipping. The delay
and the cost of shipping the one or two lampshades
we needed, made the cost of the lampshades too high.
We began to research how we might become the
manufacturer and then one day a customer came to us
who needed 700 lampshades and we reasoned that after
making 700 lampshades we should know what we were
doing . That proved to be true enough, but the real challenge was making the first lampshade. That was
1992. In the years since we have made many thousands of
- We stock 30 different fabrics and we have about 1500
patterns so we can make you any of 45,000 different
lampshades on a weeks notice
- That number doesn’t include all the possibilities if
we include using the customer’s own fabric.
- The lampshades we make are called hardback shades
because the fabric is laminated to styrene plastic and
then taped to the rings. Another category of lampshade
is the softback lampshade. We keep the largest inventory
of softback lampshades in Utah. A softback lampshade is
made by stretching fabric over a frame.
- We are also involved in recovering customer’s
softback lampshades. This is not a practical option with
hardback lampshades (though occasionally repairs can be
made). Recovery is only economical for unusual shades or
shades that hold some significant sentimental value.
- When buying a replacement lampshade it is most
advisable to bring your lamp with you. In the
accompanying picture you see the same lamp with eight
different lampshades. Maybe only one of these is the
look you want but they all work. You have choices, but
without your lamp in hand choosing anything very
different is going to be very difficult indeed.