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How to Size a Chandelier: 3 Easy Steps

A chandelier adds ambiance, style and of course, general lighting to a room, but selecting the right chandelier can be tricky. A small chandelier can easily get lost in a large space and fail to deliver a strong design element, while a large chandelier can overwhelm a small space. The right chandelier is proportional to the height and width of the room.

Correct Height Measurements To Size A Dining Room Chandelier Infographic

3 Steps to Size a Chandelier

To choose the right chandelier, you need to consider the diameter, height, and purpose of the room. Here are three tips on how to size a chandelier.

1. Determine Chandelier Diameter

First, determine the diameter (width) of the chandelier using the following steps:

  • Measure the length and the width of the room
  • Add the two measurements
  • Convert the measurement unit from feet to inches

The converted sum is the ideal diameter of your chandelier. For example, if your dining room is 10' x 18', a chandelier with a 28" diameter is the best fit for your space.

2. Find Chandelier Height

Next, determine the height of the chandelier using the following steps: 

  • Measure the ceiling height, from the installation site to the floor
  • For every foot, estimate 2.5" to 3" of chandelier height
  • Multiply the ceiling height by the chandelier height
  • Convert the measurement unit to inches

For example, if your dining room has an 8-foot ceiling, then a 24-inch chandelier is the best fit for your space. Click on the image below to print our chandelier sizing guide. 


3. How High to Hang

Your dining room chandelier should hang 30" to 34" from the table top to the bottom of the chandelier.

Once you've found the right chandelier size, you're ready to shop for a new lighting fixture. Shop beautiful Murray Feiss chandeliers and choose from a wide variety of styles and finishes to complement your home's décor.

Were you able to find the right sized chandelier for your home?