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.
To choose the right chandelier, you need to consider the diameter, height, and purpose of the room. Here are three tips to help you size a new chandelier.
3 Steps to the Right Chandelier Size
First, determine the 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.
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.
Finally, determine the location of the chandelier. This will help you determine the hanging height of the chandelier.
A bathroom chandelier adds everyday glamour to your morning routine. Make sure you hang the chandelier at a safe height. The National Electric Code (NEC) states that luminaries in a bathtub or shower area must be at least 3 feet horizontally and 8 feet vertically from the top of the bathtub rim or shower stall. The NEC also states that luminaries must be rated for damp locations.
Replace your table lamps with mini chandeliers, also known as chandelettes, placed 12 to 20 inches above the night stands. If you're placing a chandelier above a bed, you may hang it below the recommend 7 feet - just allow enough headroom so you don't bump your head in the morning.
If you're hanging a chandelier in a dining room, place it at least 30 to 34 inches from the tabletop and at least 4 feet away from the walls. Use the picture below as a guide.
If you're hanging a chandelier in a foyer, place it at least 7 feet above the floor. Pair a foyer chandelier with wall-mounted sconces, placed 6 to 8 inches apart and 5 feet above the floor. A large wrought iron chandelier adds curb appeal when centered in the foyer window.
If you're hanging a chandelier over a kitchen island, hang it at least 30 to 34 inches from the kitchen island.
If you're hanging a chandelier in a two-story room, hang it at least 10 to 11 feet above the floor.
Once you've found the right chandelier size, you're ready to shop for a new lighting fixture. We offer a variety of chandelier, styles and finishes from leading brands like Troy Lighting.
Were you able to find the right chandelier size for your home?