How to Measure for a Chandelier or Hanging Light Fixture


Chandeliers are one way to add light to a room with a bit ambiance. Chandeliers come in a variety of designs from simple hanging fixtures to elaborate works of lighting art. When considering a chandelier or hanging light fixture, you want to add to the room without overpowering it with the fixture. Taking the time to measure for a chandelier or hanging light fixture helps to ensure you choose fixtures of an appropriate size.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Measure from the ceiling to the top of the table with a tape measure, if installing the chandelier over a dining room table. Subtract 30 inches from the measurement. For example, subtract 30 inches from a table to ceiling measurement of 72 inches. This determines that you should look for a chandler with a total hanging length of 42 inches.

  • Take a measurement of the length of the dining room table. Look for a chandelier that is 8 inches less in diameter than the table.

  • Place the end of the tape measure at the ceiling and measure to the floor, if considering a chandelier in a hall or foyer. This will help determine whether to purchase a flush mount chandelier.

  • Calculate the perimeter of a room to help determine the diameter of the chandelier. A room that is 12 feet wide and 12 feet long has a perimeter of 24 feet. Look for a fixture with a diameter of no more than 24 inches.

  • Take all measurements with you when ordering your chandelier. The representatives from the place you purchase the chandeliers will use the measurements to help you choose the correct size chandelier for your home.

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