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How To Select & Hang a Chandelier

Use these 3 simple rules to guarantee the perfect size chandelier for any room -  kitchen, dining, living room, bedroom, foyer, bathroom

1) Table size is the first factor in selecting the correct chandelier size. Use the guide below to chose a chandelier proportionate to the table that it hangs over.
2) Room size is second factor in selecting the correct chandelier size. Use the guide below to chose a chandelier proportionate to the room where it hangs.
3) The correct hanging height is the third factor to provide optimal lighting and balance the chandelier with the room and the table. Use the guide below

Dining Room Chandelier Size should be 40-50% of the dining table and slightly larger for an oblong dining table width. Table size is the primary determining factor and room size is secondary. Hanging height is almost always 30-36" from the bottom of the chandelier to the table top with few exceptions for grand banquet halls and large commercial dining areas. 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.

Living Room Chandelier Size should be the room length + width converted to inches. Example: If the living room is 10 feet x 20 feet, then 10+20=30" wide chandelier is about the ideal size. Hanging height is at least 7 feet above the floor for an 8 foot ceiling. Add 6 inches of hanging height for each additional foot of ceiling height.

Foyer Light Size is determined similar to a living room chandelier with room length + width converted to inches = MAXIMUM foyer chandelier width. Very tall narrow foyer lights fit perfectly with high ceiling or cathedral ceiling entrance rooms. Hanging height is at least 7 feet above the floor for an 8 foot ceiling. Add 6 inches of hanging height for each additional foot of ceiling height.

Pendant Light & Swag Lamp Size should be a maximum of  50% of the island, bar or table width and as small as 2" wide for kitchen islands and dining bars. Hanging height should be 30-36" above the table top.

Island Light Size (Large Wide Styles with Multiple Lights) should be about 1/3 to 1/2 of the bar length. Hanging height should be 30-36" above the island bar or table top.

Examples of Chandelier Size & Hanging Height:

The above chandelier is too big and wide for table

This chandelier is too large and is hangs too high above the dining table. The hanging height creates a detached unwelcoming atmosphere. Even if  hung at the correct height, it would still overpower the table.

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

Chandelier is hung too high over table
Chandelier is hanging too high above the table.

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 drum pendant light is too large and overpowering.

Chandelier hangs too low over table
The messy pendant light hangs too low and 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 and not centered over table.

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

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

Chandelier is too big and hangs too low over table
The drum pendant light is too large and overpowering and hangs too low.

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

Chandelier is the correct size and hung at correct height over table
This is the correct size chandelier but it hangs too high above the table.

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

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