Do you want a chandelier for your table, bedroom or bathroom. It sounds so decadent in the bathroom. If you are in the market for a chandelier you might be wondering what size you should get.
Chandeliers can hang in so many places and they come in every style and finish. You don’t want your chandelier to look too puny or too large. There are a few guidelines that will help you choose the right size chandelier for your room.
The guidelines for size depend on where you will hang the chandelier. If it’s going to be in an open area or over a table. Believe it or not there’s a simple formula for how big your chandelier should be.
How big of a chandelier do I need in an Open Room?
The math for how large your light fixture should be is pretty simple. Take the width of the room in feet and add that to the length of the room in feet. For example, my living room is 15 feet by 21 feet. The sum of those two is 36. A chandelier for my living room should be 36 inches wide.
You don’t have to use the exact measurement that the calculation dictates, but the formula helps me to know that a 20 inch chandelier would look too small.
How big of a chandelier do I need over a table?
Over a dining table, the math is a little different. You take the length of the table in inches and subtract 12 inches. BUT you also have to factor in the size of the room.
For example, my table is 83 inches long, which would suggest I would need a 70″ chandelier. This is the rule that designers use. That sounds pretty ridiculous right? There are more guidelines that can help based on the shape of your table if the rule doesn’t seem to make sense.
For any table you will want to stick to this rule of thumb – keep the chandelier width 12 inches less than the width or length of the table. You don’t want people to bump into it when they stand up.
Does table shape impact the type of chandelier?
If your table is long and narrow, the width will limit how wide you should go (at least 12 inches less than the table). For a table that is greater than 60 inches in length you should consider a chandelier that is similarly shaped – long and narrow.
Here’s an example with a rectangular table from Ballard Designs and a chandelier from Ballard Designs. The calculation above suggests a chandelier size of 52 inches (64-12). First, this is not really a size that you could find, but it does help you to see that something 24 inches will look way too small. For this type of table something more linear will be a better fit.
The shape of your chandelier should complement the shape of the chandelier. A round table looks best with a chandelier that is either round or square. For long narrow tables you may want to consider a chandelier that is more rectangular than round.
You may notice as you start shopping for your chandelier, that there is no fixture that perfectly matches the dimensions you are looking for. The key is to find a light that isn’t too small or too large. These measurement rules are guidelines to help make sure you get close to the right proportion.
how low should a chandelier hang over a table?
A chandelier hung over a table should be 30 to 34 inches above the bottom of the table. You want the light to be close enough to the table that it will light up the table more than a ceiling light would. But you also don’t want the light to be so close that people hit their heads when they stand up from the table.
If you have a fixture that hangs from a chain, it can be easy to adjust the light’s height after you live with it for a few days.
Choosing the right size light for your room
If you are shopping for a chandelier, consider the size relative to the dimensions of your room. If you’re looking for a chandelier to hang above a table, focus more on the dimensions of your table. Use the formulas as a guide to help you look for something that will be proportional to your table.