What is a spider lamp shade fitting?
A spider lamp shade fitting gives the lampshade structure and provides space for you to insert the electric cord. It holds all of your lamp components together, like silk or paper lanterns, shade fabric, and metal harp. Spider fittings are generally made out of brass. They come in either 1-1/8th or 1-1/4 inch widths (and sometimes in half-inch). The most common varieties have six arms coming out from a central point, but they can vary in size and look depending on how many components they have. Most styles fold down flat when not in use.
Generally speaking, you install a spider fitting inside the harp. It will have either a horizontal or vertical slot for installation. You insert it into the open space, then tighten down the screws on both sides to keep everything in place and your lampshade intact and easy to use.
While there are many different lamp shade fittings, this article will focus on four standard spider fittings: single contact point, double contact point, split design, and swivel design.
Single contact point
The single-contact-point method is like an anchor that only provides support in one direction (like a wall anchor). This lampshade fitting has two arms coming out from one central point with screw holes on each arm. To install, slip it into the open space in your harp and tighten.
Double contact point
The double-contact-point method provides support through two points (like a wall anchor). This lampshade fitting has four arms coming out from two central points with screw holes on each arm. To install, slip it into the open space in your harp and tighten.
The split design gives you more room to work within your lamp shade than other faster methods do. This type of spider fits snugly inside the interior part of the lampshade, securing itself by having one end attached at an angle that can be adjusted. The other end is then able to stand freely without needing any attachment. The angled end will give you enough room to attach the electric cord without the shade fabric getting in the way. To install, slip it into the interior of your lampshade and secure it so it can stand freely by turning its angled end upwards at whatever angle you need.
The swivel design can rotate 360 degrees around an axis point for added flexibility. This type of spider fits snugly inside the interior part of the lampshade, securing itself by having one end attached at an angle that can be adjusted. The other end is then able to stand freely without needing any attachment. By allowing this part to swivel, you’ll have more freedom when working with different lamp shades materials (like silk or paper), which might make it challenging to work around the fixed end. To install, slip it into the interior of your lampshade and secure it so it can stand freely by turning its angled end upwards at whatever angle you need.
What are some common uses?
Spider fittings are most commonly used with a harp, a metal wire frame that holds together a lampshade. Spider fittings allow you to quickly attach a shade fabric or silk material to the harp without fasteners like tape, staples, or zippers. In addition to providing support for the entire piece, spider fittings also give structure and stability and an option for installing electrical cords without having to worry about ruining your finished product once everything gets assembled.
What are some common materials?
Spider fittings can be made from a few different materials, but the most common types are metal and plastic. Each one has its benefits and disadvantages. Metal is sturdy, easy to use, and will give your lampshade a more polished look.
However, it may rust over time if exposed to excess moisture or humidity in the room where you hang it up. Plastic spider fittings come in various shapes, sizes, and colors, including clear for a see-through effect on your lampshade fabric. They’re generally less expensive than metal but less durable as well. Make sure you pick a quality product that won’t warp or break down when exposed to temperature fluctuations in the home (like an air-conditioned room).
What should I consider when using a spider lamp shade fitting?
Because a spider-style lampshade support system provides more overall support for your lampshade, it should be used with shades made from silk or other delicate fabric materials. If you use one with a heavier material like paper or canvas, it could rip the shade and cause damage to the frame of your lamp. To avoid this problem, make sure your chosen fabric is thin enough to allow you to work around the fittings without damaging the shade itself.
How do you use a spider lamp shade fitting?
To assemble your spider-style lampshade support system, follow these steps:
1. Turn the frame of the lamp upside down and place it on a flat surface where you can get easy access to all sides. In addition, make sure there’s nothing fragile or breakable located underneath it if something falls during installation.
2. Pick out one of your metal spider fittings and slide one end into the middle of the harp part on one side of the frame that holds up your shade fabric material. You might need to wiggle around a bit to get it inside. Since most spiders have a small opening at their narrowest point, position each one so that this area is facing upwards to make it easier for you to insert the fabric shade material.
3. Secure the spider in place by turning its angled end downwards. This will allow it to stand freely once inserted into your shade so you can attach your lampshade material around it without any complications.
4. Repeat this process on the other side of the harp frame with another spider if needed, which should be positioned so both ends are free and you’ll have more room when working with different types of lampshades (like silk or paper).
What tips do I need to know?
– Keep in mind that most spider fittings only work with lampshades made from thin fabric because these materials are flexible enough to fit around their small openings and be supported securely by the spider itself.
– Make sure each spider insert is inserted as far as it can go without pushing too hard, or you might damage the material of your lampshade.
– Be careful if you use a metal spider support system with a silk or organza shade because these delicate fabrics may rip or tear around their opening if they’re stretched out too much over time. In this case, consider getting a plastic spider that won’t put as much pressure on your shade’s fabric materials.
How much do they cost?
Spider fittings can range in price based on their size and type (metal vs. plastic). So you’ll pay anywhere from about $1-$50+ depending on where you buy them and what materials they’re made from.
There we go. I hope this answers your question, and now you know what a spider lamp shade fitting is.