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Chandelier Size & Hanging Height

Guide for Selecting & Hanging a Chandelier or Pendant Light

Visualize any size chandelier at any hanging height over any size table.
To draw any size chandelier or table simply divide your measurements by 5.
So a 60" table top is represented by a 12" line and a 30" wide chandelier is represented by a 6" line.
Drawing below shows the correct size chandelier of 24" wide hanging 36" above a 48" wide dining table.
Scale Approx: 1"=5"

Draw the correct chandelier size for any table
A) In the center of a plain sheet of paper, draw a horizontal line (A) 10" long to represent a table top.
B) At each end of the table top line, draw vertical lines (B) downward 3" long to represent the table legs.
C) In the center of the table top line, draw a dashed line (C) 7" long to represent the hanging height above the table.
D) Draw line (D) 5" long to represent the chandelier width centered over the table.
E) Draw lines (E) 1" long to represent the chandelier height.
F) Draw line (F) 5" long to represent the top of the chandelier.
G) Top line (G) represents hanging chain or cord.

The correct Dining Room Chandelier Size width should be 40-50% of a round dining room table and 50-60% of an oblong dining room table as table size is the primary determining factor and room size is secondary. Dining room chandeliers should be hung so the bottom is 30-36" above the table top. This is the optimum height to provide good lighting on the table top while not interfering with line of sight. Chandeliers at this height define the space and provide a cozier welcoming more intimate atmosphere.

The correct Living Room Chandelier size width is determined by adding the room length + width in feet then simply change feet to inches. i.e. If living room size is 10'x20', then 10+20=30" wide chandelier is the ideal size. Hang a living room chandelier so the bottom is at least 7 feet above the floor for 8 foot ceiling. Add 6 inches of hanging height for each additional foot of ceiling height.

The correct Foyer Light size width is determined by adding the room length + width in feet then simply change feet to inches. i.e. If foyer size is 10'x20', then 10+20=30" wide chandelier is the ideal size. Tall narrow entry lights work especially well with a high ceiling foyer that has a smaller length and width.
Foyer chandelier height should place the bottom of the chandelier at least 7 feet above the floor for 8 foot ceiling. Add 6 inches of hanging height for each additional foot of ceiling height.

The correct Pendant Light size width should be a maximum of 50% of the island, bar or table depth and as small as 2" wide for kitchen islands and dining bars.
Pendant lights height should be hung so the bottom is 30-36" above the table top. This is the optimum height to provide good lighting while not interfering with line of sight.

The correct Mini Pendant Light size for the kitchen island or dining bar should be between 2-12" wide for islands up to 30" deep. Hanging height should place the bottom of the pendant 30-36" above the bar top.

The correct Island Light size- Large Wide Styles with Multiple Lights
Island light size width should be about 1/3 to 1/2 the bar length.
Island lights should be hung so the bottom is 30-36" above the island bar or table top. This is the optimum height to provide good lighting while not interfering with line of sight.

The correct Swag Light size width should be a maximum of 50% of a round dining room table and 50-60% of an oblong dining room table as table size is the primary determining factor and room size is secondary.
Swag lamps should be hung so the bottom is 30-36" above the table top. This is the optimum height to provide good lighting on the table top while not interfering with line of sight.

Examples & Comments Below:

The above chandelier is too big and wide for table
This chandelier is too large and is hung too high above the dining table. The hanging height creates a very detached unwelcoming atmosphere. If hung at the correct height, it would overpower the table.

The above chandelier is slightly large for the table but wrong color
The above chandelier is slightly too large for the table and the wrong color.

Chandelier is hung too high over table
The above chandelier is hung several feet too high.

Chandelier is the correct size but hangs too high over table
The above chandelier is the correct size but hangs too high.

Chandelier is too big for table
The above drum pendant light is hung way too big and overpowering.

Chandelier hangs too low over table
The above pendant light is not only too busy and messy looking, it is hung so low that it is directly in the line of sight of anyone sitting at the table.

Chandelier is too big and not centered over table
This antler chandelier is too large, hung too high and it is not centered over the table.

Chandelier is too big and hangs too high over table
This crystal chandelier is hung too high over the table and it is too big.

Chandelier is too big and hangs too low over table
This overpowering chandelier is hanging far too low and far too big.

Chandelier is too big and hangs too low over table
This drum pendant light is far too large and hangs far too low.

Chandelier hangs too high and is off center from table
This crystal chandelier is off center of the table and hanging far too high.

Chandelier is the correct size and hung at correct height over table
This chandelier is sized correctly for the table but it hangs far too high.

Pendant light is hanging too high over the table
This island light is the correct size for the table but hung too high.

Perfect chandelier size and hanging height for the table and the room
This chandelier is the correct size for the table and the room and it is hung at a perfect height.