Chandelier Scale Height Guide

Chandelier Ceiling Height Guide: To-Scale Cheat Sheet

Your vision was primed and ready. Everything fit together in your head like an animation from your favorite HGTV show. Quick measurements reassured you that everything scaled, so you went ahead and purchased the crown jewel of your project – a brand new chandelier. Just after installation, you put the furniture back into place when it hits you… Either your table is too tall, your ceiling is too low, or your chandelier is too big. Where did it go wrong?

Good news! This free guide from Bellacor Professional manages to wind back the clock with a quick-glance chandelier height cheat sheet. Scale your chandelier to three standard ceiling heights and common chandelier sizes with expert precision. For even more detail, be sure to check out our full Chandelier Buying Guide for other useful tips and tricks!


TOUR BY CHANDELIER STYLE AND CEILING HEIGHT

By the Build: 12 Foot Ceilings

If you’re working on a project with a 12 foot ceiling, this slider will help you picture four popular chandelier styles paired with your specific ceiling height – traditional, transitional, contemporary and industrial. Look how quickly 24 inch and 12 inch chandeliers get swallowed up by the room! Clearly bigger is better for rooms with 12 foot ceilings.

Ideal Chandeliers for 12 Foot Ceilings

In general, your chandelier should hang no lower than 30 inches to 36 inches above your table. While these rules can be bent to accommodate the interplay of room elements, this is a tried and true estimate for matching your chandelier to a space.

Quick Height Measurements:

  • If your table is 3 feet tall (36 inches), then all you need to do is add 36 inches to your table height to get the exact height from the floor from which your chandelier should hang: 36 inches + 36 inches = 72 inches
  • Subtract that number from your ceiling height to get the maximum height of your chandelier: 12 feet, or 144 inches – 72 inches = 72 inches

Max Chandelier Height for 12 foot Ceilings:

  • 72 inches tall – for a 3 foot tall table
  • 60 inches tall – for a 4 foot tall table

12 Foot: Traditional, Transitional, Contemporary & Industrial Designs

Below you will find quick links for chandeliers in this height range. Be sure to look at each item closely for precise measurements as they will vary, though all examples linked below will be 41 inches in height or greater.

Example: 63 inches tall

Elk Lighting Hemispheres Polished Nickel Six-Light Chandelier

Example: 51 inches tall

Eurofase Lighting Minuta Sand White Three-Tier LED Chandelier

Example: 72 inches tall

Capital Lighting Fixture Company River Crest Rustic Iron Twenty-Light Chandelier

Example: 70 inches tall

Width Note:

  • If you are concerned with chandelier width interacting with your table width, all you need to do is take the width of the table and subtract 12 inches, leaving 6 inches to work with on each side
  • Since tables run the gamut in width, this metric isn’t included in this in this assessment, but it is a good measurement to keep in mind

By the Build: 9 Foot Ceilings

If you’re working on a project with a 9 foot ceiling, flip through this slider for ideas and different chandelier styles and sizes. Notice what a big difference three feet makes compared to our 12 foot ceiling examples – effectively cutting the optimal chandelier size roughly in half!

Ideal Chandeliers for 9 Foot Ceilings

Quick Height Measurements:

  • With a 3 foot tall table (36 inches), add another 36 inches to account for the gap between the table and the chandelier base: 36 inches + 36 inches = 72 inches
  • Subtract that number from your ceiling height to get your maximum chandelier height: 9 feet, or 108 inches – 72 inches = 36 inches

Max Chandelier Height for 9 foot Ceilings:

  • 36 inches tall – for a 3 foot tall table
  • 24 inches tall – for a 4 foot tall table

9 Foot: Traditional, Transitional, Contemporary & Industrial Designs

Once you’ve picked your style, these quick links will help you peruse your options. Of course our full selection far exceeds what’s listed here – these links will simply help set you on your way.

Austin Allen & Co. Zoe French Antique Six-Light 25-Inch Chandelier

Example: 33.25 inches tall

Kalco Lighting Madison Platinum 6-Light 8-Inch Chandelier

Example: 35 inches tall

Golden Lighting Smyth Gunmetal Bronze Six-Light Chandelier with Clear Glass

Example: 31 inches tall

Kichler Circolo Olde Bronze Nine-Light Chandelier

Example: 35.5 inches tall

By the Build: 8 Foot Ceilings

Many homes and offices come with a standard 8 foot ceiling. Same as our 12 foot and 9 foot examples, this 8 foot ceiling height slider will help you picture four popular chandelier styles for your space.

Ideal Chandeliers for 8 Foot Ceilings

Quick Height Measurements:

  • With a 3 foot tall table (36 inches), add another 36 inches to account for the gap between the table and the chandelier base: 36 inches + 36 inches = 72 inches
  • Subtract that number from your ceiling height: 8 feet, or 96 inches – 72 inches = 24 inches

Max Chandelier Height for 8 foot Ceilings:

  • 24 inches tall – for a 3 foot tall table
  • 12 inches tall – for a 4 foot tall table

8 Foot: Traditional, Transitional, Contemporary & Industrial Designs

Mill & Mason Eastminster French White Five-Light Chandelier

Example: 23.5 inches tall

Currey & Company Nottaway Pyrite Bronze Six-Light Chandelier

Example: 25.75 inches tall

Example: 25 inches tall

Sea Gull Lighting Sfera Autumn Bronze Four Light Single Tier Chandelier with Mercury Glass

Example: 24.5 inches tall

BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER: 12 FT, 9 FT & 8 FT CEILINGS

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