1. Home

Dining Room Chandelier – How High to Hang a Dining Room Chandelier

Make Sure Your Fixture Isn't Too Low or Too High

By

Dining Room Chandelier – How High to Hang a Dining Room Chandelier

An elegant dining room chandelier hung at just the right height.

flickr.com/IndyAgent

Most dining rooms are illuminated by a dining room chandelier. Whether your taste is traditional, contemporary, or something else altogether it's likely that you'll have a chandelier hanging over your dining room table. The question is how high should you hang it?

When hanging a dining room chandelier it's important to make sure that it's low enough to light up the eating area without interfering with the sight line of the people seated at the table.

Dining Room Chandelier Height

The general rule for hanging dining room chandeliers is that the bottom of the fixture should hang between 30" and 36" from the tabletop assuming you have an 8' ceiling.

Some designers recommend that for each additional foot of ceiling height you should add about 3" to the suspension height. It's important to note however that not everyone agrees with this. Some designers feel that the ceiling height shouldn't affect the distance of the fixture from the tabletop. If this is the case in your home the best thing to do is hold the fixture over the table and move it up and down until it feels right.

Sometimes the style and size of the chandelier will also affect the height from which you should hang it. If you have an elaborate chandelier that takes up a lot of visual space you might want to hang it a couple of inches higher than the standard height. Again, hold it up before committing to a height to make sure it works.

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.