How to Choose a Suitable Chandelier | Size, Hanging Height, Mount on Various Ceiling and Dimmers

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Are you looking for the best way to choose right size Chandelier for your home? This article will help you find the right chandelier for your needs from different aspects like size, hanging height, mount on various ceiling and dimmers. Related article: how to choose the right light for your home>>>

Chandelier Size

To look and function at its best, your chandelier needs to be the proper width and height. That’s the most important thing to pick up a proper chandelier. A wrong size proportion will waste the room space, sometimes, it may cause wired vide. Here's how to figure out both. To figure out your chandelier width, measure the length of the room. Next, measure the width. The length of the room plus the width equals the most appropriate chandelier width in inches.

For a small room, consider a chandelier size that is 13 to 22 inches wide. If you have a medium size room, select a chandelier that is 23 to 30 inches wide. And if you have a large room, look for a chandelier that is 31 inches wide or larger.

Small Medium and Large size chandelier with hanging height

Once you know the chandelier width, it's time to pick the right chandelier height. To determine the chandelier height, first, measure the room height. Next, multiply the room height by three. This equals the suggested height of your chandelier in inches. Keep in mind, the chandelier size should also be in scale and proportion to room furnishings.

room height and chandelier height

Chandelier Hanging Height

The hanging height of your chandelier depends on where it goes. If you're hanging it above a dining room table, the bottom should be 32 to 34 inches above the tabletop.

For chandeliers hung over the open floor, the bottom should be at least 7 feet above the floor. Over a kitchen island, a height of 32 to 34 inches over the counter is recommended.

In an open foyer, hang the chandelier at eye level or slightly below when viewed from the second floor.

Chandeliers: Mounting on Various Ceilings

For low ceilings, simply remove most of the chain, or use the shortest downrod to install your chandelier. With sloped or vaulted ceilings, gravity will ensure that chandeliers with a chain or a cord will hang straight. Those with a downrod will need a special ceiling mount adapter. If you have extra high ceilings, purchase an additional chain or downrod to accommodate your ceiling height.

chandelier hanging on various ceiling

Chandelier Dimmers

Most chandeliers can be used with a dimmer. If your're buying an LED chandelier, look for compatible dimmers and bulbs. A dimmer lets you easily change the light level from bright to soft.

dimmer light


Now you can choose the perfect chandelier for your space. It’s unnecessary to ask questions in different interior design inspiration groups online anymore. If you want to know more tips, trick, hacks about home decoration, please follow our social media @laluzhomeofficial.