Thursday, September 15, 2016

What Is A Lamp Finial?

Lamp finials set on top of a lamp harp and hold a washer fitter shade to the top of a lamp. Any specialty lamp shops often offer a variety of unique lamp finials. It is an easy way to change the look of a lamp or give it a little more flair.


They are often decorative or ornamental but can also be plain. A large finial would be 4 inches and a small finial would be about 1/2 inch.

Small Antique Bronze Lamp Finial

Large Resin Lamp Finial
Finials screw on the top of a lamp harp. Most all finials are tapped 1/4-27F thread just like the top of a lamp finial. Some specialty lamps have a cluster and their finial could be a 1/8IP or 1/4-27F tapped thread.




Finials are made from a variety of materials. Most finials are cast metals like steel and brass. Other finials might be made from resin, wood, and acrylic. Sometimes finials have multiple materials like when a glass prism sets on a metal base.

Glass Cube on Nickel Base Lamp Finial
Using a finial base, you can make a custom finial out of almost anything.

Cup Shaped Nickel Plated Finial Base

6 Prong Oil Rubbed Bronze Lamp Finial
Next time you are looking at your decor with contempt consider easy changes like new lamp shades or a different lamp finial.