The dining room chandelier or other hanging fixture is traditionally placed above the dining table. It is an important design element in the room. The chandelier’s height is crucial not only because it serves as a light fixture, but also because of its role in decorating the room. This may sound complicated, but it is not. You can start with the recommended height and then make some adjustments. It is impossible to go wrong. You have done it right if you love the way it looks and how it works with the lighting.
Standard Height Recommendation
Hanging dining room chandeliers should be hung between 30 and 36 inches above your dining table. This is the general rule. This assumes that you have an 8-foot ceiling. For ceilings that are higher than 8 feet, it is recommended to raise your chandelier 3 inches per foot. If your ceiling is 10 feet high, your chandelier might be 6 inches higher than if you have an 8-foot ceiling.
The average recommendation is, naturally, a range. But before you decide on a height consider the space size and table size as well as the projected light from the fixture.
Adjusting the Room Size
Designers argue that the ceiling height should not be the determining factor in deciding the height of the chandelier. This is logical, considering that the primary function of the fixture’s lamp is to illuminate the table. Why adjust for the room’s ceiling height? The other primary role of a chandelier is to be a design element. The next question is how the fixture will look best in the room.
This question can be answered by looking at how the chandelier appears when you are not seated at the table but also when you enter the room from other positions, such as a chair far away. Consider how the chandelier appears from all angles if the dining room is open-plan.
The style and size of the chandelier can also impact the height at which it should be hung. You might hang a chandelier with a large visual area that is more than standard.
Adjusting the Table Size
For dining room chandeliers, the industry standard is to size them at one-half to two thirds of the table’s width. A smaller diameter than the table width is another way to size a fixture. If the table measures 42 inches in width, the chandelier should not be larger than 30 inches.
This helps to keep the chandelier and table in the right proportions. It also prevents people bumping their heads as they move around the table. To avoid collisions, if your chandelier is too large for your table, it might be a good idea to hang it higher than normal. A series of smaller hanging fixtures such as pendant lights might be better than one chandelier if your table is very small or narrow.
The Right Way to Get the Light
It is easy to forget why a chandelier was purchased: to illuminate the table. Because each light is unique, there isn’t a standard decorating style or industry. Many factors affect how light hits the table, such as the design of the fixture, the bulbs used, and the height of your fixture.
It is best to place the fixture above the table and then plug it in. This will allow you to test the fixture under all lighting conditions, day and night. You can also assess the height of the chandelier for practical and decorative purposes.