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How to Hang Chandeliers at the Perfect Height

A wonderful addition to any home, chandeliers can bring brightness and beauty to the room and create a great atmosphere. These fixtures provide soft and dispersed light that can illuminate a room with the sort of warm glow that focused or task lighting just can’t provide.

However, you do need to choose the right design and mount the chandeliers on the ceiling carefully. If these fixtures hang too low or are too big, they can overwhelm the decor of your home.

Hanging Chandelier

What You Need to Know About Hanging Chandeliers

The rules and techniques for hanging chandeliers vary from one room to the next. You shouldn’t install the fixture at the same location and height in your bedroom as you would in your living room.

The height and placement of your chandelier should be relative to the architecture of your room as well as the overall design. If you need to place a bed or a dining table underneath the chandelier, you will of course have to take the distance between the ceiling and the surface into account. This is one of the most common reasons why people become confused about chandelier installations.

Before looking at where to hang a chandelier in each room, it is worth noting that chandeliers can be heavy. It is extremely to important to ensure that where you plan to hang a chandelier is in fact suitably load bearing. For this, always check with professionals who know exactly what they are doing.

Now, onto looking at each room.

Installation Considerations for Each Room

There are several considerations that go into hanging a chandelier that you need to take into account before purchasing the lighting fixture. The size of the chandelier should be relative to the size of the room, so ensure you measure the length, width, and height of the room before you shop. The sum of the length and width in inches will help you determine the diameter of the chandelier, while the height of the ceiling will help you determine how low you should mount it. Here are some guidelines for you:

Dining Room

This is the most popular place to mount a chandelier. Make sure the fixture is one foot shorter than the width of the table. In the standard 9-foot high ceiling, you should hang the chandelier 30 to 34 inches above the dining table. In a 10-foot high ceiling, you should hang the fixture 36 to 40 inches above the surface of the dining table.


The same rules apply for kitchens; if you intend to place the chandelier over the countertop or kitchen table, you should allow 30 to 40 inches of space between these surfaces and the chandelier. If you want to place it over the floor, make sure there’s 7 to 8 feet of distance between the floor and the tip of the chandelier. That will ensure you and your family can move around in the kitchen without banging your heads against it.

Hall or Lobby

The hall or lobby is also a popular place to hang a chandelier. You can easily calculate the height of the chandelier by measuring the height of the ceiling. For every foot of distance between the floor and the ceiling, you should include 2.5 to 3 inches of the fixture. In a standard 8-foot tall ceiling, you need a chandelier that’s 20 to 24 inches in length.

Living Room

Living room chandeliers should be placed directly in the middle of the room to ensure optimal light distribution. Maintain a distance of at least 7 feet between the floor and the tip of the chandelier. This will ensure no one bumps into it when they move about in the room.

Bathroom Chandelier

If you want to add a touch of luxury and glamour to your bathroom, installing a chandelier will make it feel like you're bathing in a castle! Chandeliers provide ample light and add a decorative element to an otherwise bland room. If you intend to place the chandelier directly above the bathtub, you need to make sure it’s at least 8-feet away from the highest point of the tub, to ensure you don’t collide against it when you get out of your bath. If there isn’t enough room to place the chandelier over the tub, install it at least three feet away from it.

Libraries and Sun Rooms

Chandeliers can be a charming addition to your libraries, sun rooms, offices, and studies. You just need enough clearance overhead to move around freely in the room. The tip of the chandelier should be a minimum of 7 to 8 feet away from the floor. It will ensure that even the tallest person in the room can move about freely without colliding against the chandelier.

If you follow these tips, your chandelier will fit perfectly into your home and you won’t have to worry about it interrupting the flow of movement. If you’re uncertain about the installation process, you should hire a professional to do it for you. They will make sure that the chandelier is installed in the right location and at the right height. They’ll also handle the fixture carefully so you won’t have to worry about breakage.