Renovate a lampshade

Renovate a lampshade

Whether they are made of glued paper or fabric, the lampshades are subject to numerous attacks (sun, dust, smoke, etc.) over time. However, there is no need to throw them away in the trash right away. Everything will depend on their state of wear.

Repair of a lampshade

If the lampshade is very damaged, you can nevertheless keep the metal carcass. You just have to peel off the fabric or the glued paper carefully. Then, a previously painted paper can easily replace it. If the lampshade is conical, you can fold the paper into an accordion. Once pierced in its upper part, fix it on the top of the structure by sliding a wire or a ribbon. To tighten the bottom of the lampshade, you can do the same. The operation is simpler for a circular lampshade. Avoid contact between the bulb and the lampshade at all costs to avoid any danger of fire!

Like a new lampshade

A little cleaning can simply revive the colors of a lampshade. First of all, it is important to check what material it is made of. If it is made of fabric, your lampshade can be washed with soapy water and dried immediately to prevent the metal structure from rusting. For paper or parchment, dusting is sufficient. A plastic shade is also very easy to clean. If the plastic is flexible, you should not press too hard to avoid denting it.


Since customization is fashionable, it is easy to modernize it. Ribbons, stencils, beads or patterns cut and glued, charms can be enough to give a new look to a slightly outdated lampshade and to harmonize it with the decoration of your room. It only takes a little material, a little time and ideas.