How to Size a Chandelier


Selecting an appropriately sized chandelier depends upon its location, the size of the room, the height of the ceiling, and whether it's hanging above a table. There are some quick calculations you can perform and guidelines you can follow to assure that the chandelier size you choose will fit into your space. Always take measurements before selecting a chandelier. An oversized chandelier poses a hazard as people can easily bump their heads on it if it hangs too low or extends beyond the edges of a dining table.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Calculator
  • Measure the length and width of the room in which your chandelier will hang and write these dimensions down. If your chandelier will hang above a table, measure the length and width or diameter of the table and write these dimensions down.

  • Measure the height from the floor to the ceiling and write it down. If your chandelier will hang over a dining table, measure the height from the top of the table to the ceiling and write it down.

  • Evaluate your height measurements. If the height from your floor to ceiling is less than 84 inches, you don't have a tall enough ceiling to hang a chandelier. If the height measures more than 84 inches, subtract 84 inches from your ceiling height measurement, which gives you the maximum height for your chandelier. To determine the height of a chandelier you can place above a table, take the dimension you measured from the top of the table to the ceiling and subtract 30 inches, which is how high the chandelier should suspend over the dining table. The result is the maximum height your chandelier should be.

  • Evaluate your width and length dimensions. Divide the diameter or the width of the dining table by two. The result is the approximate width or diameter your chandelier should be. If you're not hanging the chandelier over a table, add the width and length of the room together in feet, and the result will be the number of inches in diameter your chandelier should be. For example, if your room measures 15 feet by 20 feet, the sum of these numbers would be 35, so 35 inches is the approximate diameter your chandelier should be.

  • Use your judgment and evaluate the overall look of the chandelier in the space. Just because the size of a chandelier fits the guidelines doesn't mean it will be right for your space.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wait until you've fully furnished a space before choosing a chandelier. Sometimes a chandelier will look too small or too large when it's hanging by itself in a room.
  • If you have an extra long dining table, consider hanging two chandeliers. Divide the length of your table by three. Measure out this dimension from the end of each side of the table and hang the chandeliers at those points over the table.
  • Consider the other fixtures and finishes in the room and choose a style that will complement them.

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