A vaulted ceiling makes a strong architectural statement in a home, but mounting a ceiling fan on an angled ceiling requires more than your standard fan installation tools. When buying a new ceiling fan, confirm the fan is compatible with sloped mounting. Many ceiling fans are designed to fit sloped ceilings with angles, also known as a pitch, up to 30 degrees. However, if your ceiling has a pitch greater than 30 degrees, you will need a sloped ceiling adapter for a proper and secure installation.

A standard sloped ceiling adapter allows the ceiling fan to be installed on ceilings with pitches ranging from 31 degrees to 45 degrees. The Fanimation Fan Company produces a sloped ceiling kit for a 1-inch downrod that allows a fan to mount on a ceiling with a pitch up to 52 degrees.

Select a sloped ceiling adapter in a similar finish to your ceiling fan. To ensure compatibility, choose a sloped ceiling adapter from the same manufacturer as your ceiling fan. See Del Mar Fans & Lighting's selection of ceiling fan mounting systems, including sloped ceiling adapters, for a better understanding.

To determine if a sloped ceiling kit is necessary, gather the following materials and use the steps below to calculate the angle of the ceiling.

The necessities to find the slope of the ceiling

  1. Measure the height of the wall and the highest point of the ceiling.
  2. Measure the total length from the wall to the highest point of the ceiling.
  3. Use our calculator to find the slope or pitch of your ceiling.
  4. Determine downrod length based on installation location height.

Step 1: Measure the Rise

The rise is the height difference between two walls. To find the rise, follow the steps below:

Measure the rise

Using the tape measure, measure the height of the ceiling, from the highest point of the ceiling to the floor. Record this first measurement.

Using the tape measure, measure the height of the wall, from the floor to the lowest point of the ceiling (the spot where the wall and the ceiling meet). Record this second measurement.

Subtract the wall height from the ceiling height to obtain the rise of the ceiling.

Step 2: Measure the Run

The run is the total length from the highest point to the lowest point on the ceiling. To find the run, follow the steps below:

Measure the run

From the same point where you measured the ceiling height, measure the horizontal distance from the floor to wall. This measurement is the run.

Step 3: Find the Slope with a Rise Over Run Calculator

Enter the rise and run measurements into the boxes below to find the slope of your ceiling.




 

After calculating the slope of your ceiling and choosing an adapter kit, consider buying a remote controlled ceiling fan. When you have high ceilings, it can be difficult to reverse the blade direction of your ceiling fan, so remote-operated ceiling fans are ideal, as you can do everything from a handheld transmitter.

Step 4. Determine Downrod Length
for Vaulted or Sloped Ceiling

Determine downrod length based on the angle of your sloped or vaulted ceiling

The downrod length is based of the mounting height either on the sloped ceiling or on a flat ceiling. Choose a long downrod that allows the ceiling fan to hang at least 8 feet above the floor and the fan blades to hang a minimum of 7 feet from the floor. It is best to select a downrod from the same manufacturer as your ceiling fan to ensure compatibility. See Del Mar Fans & Lighting's helpful guide to determine how long your ceiling fan downrod needs to be.

Once you’ve established the angle of your ceiling and have found the perfect indoor ceiling fan for your needs, be sure to watch our DIY ceiling fan installation video and read our step-by-step guide.

Feel free to leave any comments or questions you have about calculating the slope of your ceiling or selecting the right fan for your home!

More Helpful Resources

Diagram explaining the pitch of the ceiling, ceiling fan adapter, and downrod.