Adhesive styrene is perfectly suited for making brand new lampshades, or for repairing old shades that have seen better days. The material is light, sturdy and durable, so it helps a lampshade keep its form over many years. Unlike paper or card lamp shade bases, styrene is flame-resistant, making it especially safe when using a high wattage light bulb. With its adhesive backing and release liner, you can very easily apply it to a fabric to make a professional looking lampshade. From start to finish, making your own custom lampshade out of styrene will take about an hour of your time, whether you're a novice lampshade maker or an expert DIY-er.
How much Styrene do you need?The width of your styrene sheet will be the height of your finished lampshade. The length will be the diameter of your finished shade, multiplied by pi (3.14), plus an additional inch for overlap. For example, if your finished shade is 10” high with a 10” diameter, your styrene sheet will be 10” wide by 32.5 inches long (10 x 3.14 +1).
Styrene pieces with heights over 12” are a special heavy-duty styrene which create a stronger, more durable shade.
Learn how to build a custom lampshade using our Adhesive Styrene, Lampshade Rings, and Lampshade Glue Kit by watching the short video tutorial below.
"Love this stuff! I have a 1990 RV and couldn't find replacement 1/2 shades for two wall sconces. Used this to redo the old ones. Took the old ones apart, used it as a pattern on how to cut the styrene sheet. Used a cutting wheel and exacto knife. Worked perfect. Even if you're not a crafty person, you could use this." - IM, Amazon Customer, April 28, 2016
“I cut the rings out of some lampshades being thrown away at work, and made a pair of pendant lamps easy-as-pie. Very happy this stuff is available outside of the commercial market now. Although I do have to say, Clover Wonder Clips are not only your best friend while sewing, they did a perfect job of helping me hold the rings in place while glueing them. I can't see how even little binder clips would not grip too hard and possibly dent/damage a smaller radius lamp.” - K. Stacey, Amazon Customer, April 25, 2016
“I bought a really cute lamp, but it had a really ugly fabric lampshade. I thought it'd be easy to find a white linen shade to replace it but due to the custom dimensions, no luck. While looking online for a replacement, I found this product and decided to give it a go. I highly recommend this product, it is sturdy and making my new lampshade was very easy to do! However, be sure to pay attention to the height you order if your shade is larger at the bottom (like mine is) you will need to calculate extra width to accommodate it.” - Amazon Customer, September 20, 2015