Whether you spend your time entertaining friends or enjoying quiet dinners with the family, the dining room holds a special place in the home. Finding the perfect chandelier may be daunting. But the right size dining room chandelier can boost the overall aesthetic and ambiance of the room. Our size and placement guidelines below will help you in picking out the perfect chandelier.
First, it’s important to evaluate your room space and table size before purchasing a chandelier for your dining room. Measure the length and width of your dining room in feet, add these numbers together and then convert the total to inches. The answer in inches should equal the diameter of the chandelier. So for example, a 12' x 12' room can handle a chandelier approximately 24" in diameter.
Next, you’ll want to center the chandelier over the dining table, not the middle of the room. The lighting fixture will create a focal point centered on your dining set. Make sure that the diameter of the chandelier is at least a foot smaller than the width of the dining room table. Or if you want to have more than one chandelier spaced over a longer table, they can be about one-third the width of the table and still provide enough light.
The bottom of the chandelier should be mounted 30" to 36" above the table with an 8-foot ceiling height. If your ceiling is taller, install the chandelier an extra three inches higher. You don’t want your lighting fixture to block your view or hit someone. You also don’t want to place it too high where it doesn’t light up the table or room properly.