screws Slip on also
Classic silk bell
Uno shade K20362 soft luxury fabric lining, Cream, White
Hexagon silk bell Uno
shade A30113 soft luxury fabric liner, shade colors:
Victorian silk scallop bell Uno
+ 4" fringe
Empire silk Uno
shade A30803 Tan, Cream, Off White
Homespun fabric Uno shade M5326 Hardback Cream, Beige
Uno shade M5026 Cream or White
Mica Uno shade hex amber or silver
Size measured point-point
Natural mica mineral mined from the earth.
Silver mica Uno shade empire
Pleated hardback fits arm
style table lamps |
Uno shade off white hexagon
takes Uno shade
Gooseneck lamp shade
takes Uno shade
lamp takes Uno shade
on fitters available - ask|
Wicker shade converted to Uno shade
We convert any shade to a Uno
Uno SHADE TYPES:
1- Screw On Uno Shade for Floor Lamp: 1.25" wide threaded fitters that screw onto the
2- Slip On Uno Shade for Floor Lamp: 1.25"+ wide unthreaded fitters that slip over the
electrical socket held in place by a threaded ring
3- Slip On Uno Shade for Table Lamp: Deeper drop/recess spiders with fitters that slip
over the electrical socket, may or may not be held in place by threaded ring
Many imported Chinese lamps from big box stores (such as Ikea, Crate and Barrel,
Pottery Barn, Target, Wal-Mart, etc.) have SLIP Uno SHADE FITTERS.
fitter hole measures about 1 3/8" - 1 5/8" wide and slips directly over the
electrical socket to hold the lampshade. Some have threaded rings
and do not. The drop/recess is greater than other types of lamp shades.
We make custom SLIP and custom THREADED Uno shades. We are a comprehensive
full service shop and we do most anything imaginable for lampshades - just
Over the last couple years I have noticed a geometric increase in the number of
requests that we receive for a certain UNO type lamp shades.
They been around for a long time but due to the overwhelming
influence of low priced Chinese imports, it is like a cold virus and spreading very rapidly.
It is unfortunately being used in ways and in areas where
it really does not belong.
First it is important to define a couple of terms. The “SPIDER” is the wire
structure near the top rim of the shade frame which radiate outwards from the
center. The “FITTER” is the very center section of the spider that fits onto the
lamp or lamp hardware. There are different fitter types and each will be
addressed in detail below.
The “HARP FITTER” is the most secure method used to attach a shade onto a lamp.
It is a metal wire and somewhat "U" shaped hardware piece that comes in many
different lengths to accommodate different shade lengths. The harp fits into a
"SADDLE" which is another smaller (3") metal hardware piece which is built onto
the lamp immediately beneath the electrical socket. When the harp is snapped
into the saddle, it creates a very secure and long lasting mount for the lamp
shade. Most harps have a swivel feature near the top which allows the shade to
be tilted at an angle so you can aim the light for better reading and work
The “CLIP FITTER” fitter method is a wire assembly that simply clips onto the
bulb. It is normally built onto and is an integral part of the lamp shade. The
clip adapter is also available as a separate component and can be attached to
any shade to convert any shade to a clip on shade. This lamp shade fitter is
recommended for smaller lamp shades only because it becomes very unstable when
used with larger shades.
The “CHIMNEY FITTER” shade has a very large fitter hole in the center so that it
can slip down over a glass chimney commonly found on oil lamps.
The “UNO FITTER” is the last type of lamp shade fitter although there are some
other specialty fitters which you are unlikely to encounter. The UNO shade is
similar to the chimney fitter shade in that the center hole is large enough to
slip down over the electrical socket or is threaded so it screws onto the rim of
the electrical socket.
The UNO shade has some serious issues to consider. First, it can be an
electrical hazard if disturbed because it rests directly on the electrical
assembly. Second, when you need to replace the UNO shade you are forced to use
another UNO shade. Replacement UNO shades are simply not available except at a
very few full service lamp shops. Even then you are lucky to find even a single
size available. Third, the UNO shade is very unstable and when it becomes
unstable you are not only ready for a new lamp shade but probably a lamp repair.
A genuine antique lamp with a UNO fitter shade is a very special and separate
consideration that can only be addressed on an individual basis. Do not change
anything on an antique lamp without first consulting an experienced antique lamp
Summary: If you have a UNO lamp shade we recommend that you consider changing it to a harp
fitter lamp shade (excluding antique lamps). Simply add a saddle underneath the socket then select your favorite replacement shade. You will need
a harp of the correct size which is usually 3” shorter than your
shade. A lamp and shade shop will fit the shade and harp for you. You will have
a much sturdier and safer lamp and shade plus changing shades in the future will
be very easy.