How Long Should a Chandelier Swag Be?



Use a Formula for Chandelier Swag Length

  • Swag chandeliers should hang 35 inches from the tabletop. Subtract 35 inches from the amount of space between your table and the ceiling. Add this number to the space between the spot on the ceiling above the outlet to the spot on the ceiling from which you'll hang the chandelier. Add that amount to the space between the ceiling and the wall outlet.

Differing Formulas for Different Locations

  • Sometimes swag chandeliers are hung over an end table or sideboard. Use the same formula for these as you would use for a dining room table. Hang an entryway chandelier at least 7 feet from the ground, leaving plenty of space to walk beneath. If your entryway is taller, you should go higher.

Bottom Line

  • Several factors determine the appropriate chandelier swag length. Always factor in the amount of space between the wall outlet and the ceiling, the space between the ceiling over the outlet and the spot over the table and the length from the chandelier to the ceiling.

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