Asked by: Reta Hermansen
home and garden interior decorating

How do you determine the height of a chandelier?

Last Updated: 18th May, 2020

37
Determining a Chandelier Size
A simple way to determine a chandelier size is to add the dimensions of the room together in feet and then convert the answer to inches. The answer in inches should equal the diameter of the fixture. So if your room measures 10' x 14' the diameter of the fixture should be about 24".

Click to see full answer.

Similarly, you may ask, how do you measure the height of a chandelier?

Regarding chandelier height, we recommend 3" for every foot of space between the floor and ceiling. You can find this number by multiplying the height of your ceiling (in feet) by three. For example, if your ceilings are 8' high, your chandelier should be 24" tall (8 x 3 = 24).

One may also ask, how high should light be above table? Standard Height Recommendation The generally accepted rule for hanging dining room chandeliers is that the bottom of the fixture should hang between 30 and 36 inches above the top of the dining table. This range assumes you have an 8-foot ceiling.

Correspondingly, can a chandelier be too big?

A chandelier that is too large can easily overpower a room and its inhabitants; one that is too small becomes insignificant and decreases the perceived value of the entire space. By following a few interior design guidelines for choosing the correct size, you will maximize the impact of the fixture.

How big should entryway chandelier be?

For higher ceilings of 11 to 16 feet, an entryway chandelier can range between 27 inches to more than 40 inches tall. If a ceiling is two stories tall, the foyer chandelier should be larger and composed of two or three tiers to properly wow your guests visually.

Related Question Answers

Abderrezzak Maeusel

Professional

Should chandelier be centered over table?

A chandelier makes as much of a decorative statement as a functional one, setting the tone for the room where it is placed. While a chandelier may be centered over a table, in some situations it may not be over a table at all, such as when used in a foyer.

Lingzhi Barzallo

Professional

Can you put a round chandelier over a rectangle table?

A chandelier, pendant/suspension, or non-linear multi-pendant light fixture make sense over a round table. A linear suspension or linear multi-pendant light fixture make sense over a rectangular table. While you wouldn't want a linear light over a round table, you could use two round lights over a rectangular table.

Tania Schmideke

Professional

How tall is a table?

The standard dining room table height is around 28–30 inches (71–76cm) from the ground to table top surface. Formal dining tables tend to be closer to 30 inches, while informal dining table heights average around 29 inches tall. Older tables also tend to be lower, around 28–29 inches.

Zafira Mattia

Explainer

How do you measure for a chandelier over a table?

A good rule of thumb is to make sure your chandelier is one-half to three-quarters the width of your table. For the right hanging height, position the bottom of the chandelier about 30-32 inches above the table, adjusting to work with the size of the table and the overall scale of your space.

Mujer Querzoli

Explainer

How do I choose a chandelier?

Choosing Chandeliers:
  1. Determine the Correct Diameter. Measure the length and width of the room in feet, and add those two numbers together.
  2. Measure for the Length.
  3. Decide Where to Hang Your Chandelier.
  4. Pick a Style That Matches the Room.
  5. Adjust the Height of the Chandelier.

Heidy Oudemans

Explainer

Can you put a chandelier in the living room?

Chandelier Height in Living Room or Entryway
Hang chandeliers at least 7 feet above the ground in living rooms and entryways with standard 8-foot ceilings, and hang them around 8 feet high with taller ceilings. If the chandelier hangs from a 2-story ceiling, don't let it hang lower than the height of the first floor.

Yngrid Tost

Pundit

How big of a light fixture do I need?

A general rule of thumb formula can be used to determine an appropriate diameter for ceiling fixtures. To determine this, measure the length and width of the room. Add those two numbers together and then convert the total into inches. So if your room is 10 feet by 12 feet, the ceiling fixture should be 22 inches wide.

Lamiaa Gunzel

Pundit

How do you update a chandelier?

Upgrade an Outdated Chandelier
  1. Apply Spray Paint. If you have a dated chandelier (Image 1) that you'd like to give a distinctive and classic look, begin by spray-painting the chandelier using a nice antique paint finish (Image 2).
  2. Add Decorative Candle Sleeves.
  3. Add Hanging Crystals.

Ganka Hermannskirchner

Pundit

How wide should a chandelier be over a dining room table?

Dining Room
We generally recommend that the width or diameter of the chandelier should be between 1/2 and 2/3 of the width of the dining table. For example, let's say that you have a dining table with 32 inches in width and 66 inches in length.

Edur Montanchez

Pundit

What is the proper height to hang a chandelier?

Hang a chandelier approximately 30 to 34 inches over a table with an 8 foot ceiling height. If your ceiling is higher than 8 feet, mount the chandelier an additional 3 inches higher for each foot of ceiling.

Parthenia Dasch

Teacher

Efe OrdiƱana

Teacher

How do I choose a dining room chandelier?

Chandeliers for a Dining Room:
  1. Your chandelier should be about 12 inches narrower than the dining table surface.
  2. The design should also have at least 4 feet of distance from the room walls. Making sure that your chandelier 'floats' with enough breathing around it is key.

Aurelija Vicedomini

Reviewer

Where do you hang a chandelier?

Height and Location
When hanging the chandelier, make sure to hang it at the proper height. The bottom of a chandelier over a dining table or kitchen island should hang 30 to 32 inches above the top of the table or island. Most rooms call for at least 7 feet of space between the bottom of the chandelier and the floor.

Dacio Belem

Reviewer

How do you adjust the height of a pendant light?

Feed end of the pendant cord through the cap, and cord grip into the canopy. Adjust the fixture height (from bottom of the fixture shade to top of the canopy) by moving the cord up or down. When desired height is achieved, slightly tighten the cap.

Raimondas Bokenbrink

Reviewer

What is standard ceiling height?

Today's standard ceiling height is nine feet.
Newer houses are often built with nine-foot ceilings on the first floor (and, sometimes, eight-foot ceilings on the second story).

Lakita Aincioa

Reviewer

How do you measure the height of a lamp?

First determine the perfect height range for your lamp; sit in the space next to where you are going to place the lamp. Measure from the surface you are placing the lamp to eye level. This is your base measurement. To find the average height of the shade, divide the base measurement by three.

Aparicio Mylene

Supporter

Should dining room lights point up or down?

A central chandelier with its shades directing light downwards will cast a much more focused, clear light into the centre of the room, which is particularly useful for illuminating dining room tables and the like. Downwards-facing wall lights can also provide effective task lighting when positioned over desks.

Yacoub Leidiger

Supporter

How high should pendant lights be from the counter?

As a general rule, pendant lights should hang between 30 and 36 inches from a countertop or island, according to Thom. Your height and the height of your ceiling should be taken into consideration as well, he explains, because you want to be able to see across the counter without the light being in your way.

Benedikt Ajona

Supporter

How do you hang a light?

Let's get to it!
  1. Turn off power to the old fixture.
  2. Remove the canopy to expose the wiring and fixture hardware.
  3. Unscrew the three wires: black, white, and copper.
  4. Remove old light fixture.
  5. Install new bracket (sometimes).
  6. Connect new fixture wires.
  7. Secure the new fixture and adjust length (if there's a chain).