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Chandeliers are often an essential part of dining rooms, since they are ideal for defining the room’s style and tone. Aside from these aesthetic purposes, dining room chandeliers also illuminate a wide area and create a functional dining area. This means that choosing the proper size, height, and structure for the chandelier is a key part in fulfilling both a practical and style need. In order to choose the best chandelier size for your dining room, there are a few facets of the chandelier to consider and how those facets work in your specific room.
No matter what shape or size table you have, your chandelier’s diameter has a direct correlation to the table. The chandelier’s edges should be at least 6 inches away from each side/end. Another way of planning the chandelier’s diameter and length is that it should be between half and three quarters the size of the table’s diameter.
For example, a dining room table that is 48” wide and 60” long would balance well with a 24” x 36” chandelier, since this is just over half the table’s width and length on their respective sides. These principles apply to a multitude of rooms, assuming your dining room table is measured to fit in the room’s space and the ceiling is high enough to display your chandelier.
As stated previously, a chandelier is typically hung about 30-36 inches above the dining room table. If your room has a higher ceiling, then you change the height of the chandelier above the table to showcase that extra height and balance with the room’s scale.
For every foot of additional ceiling space, hang your chandelier 3 inches higher. This means that in dining rooms with 10 foot tall ceilings, the chandelier will hang 36-42 inches above the table.
Round or more traditional chandeliers should be two-thirds of the table’s diameter, or about 6 inches from each side of the table. With rectangular chandeliers and rectangular tables, the chandelier should be between half and three quarters the size of the table’s diameter to ensure that the chandelier is not too large or too small in comparison to the table.
Tables that are 6 feet or 72 inches in length can handle a range of different sizes. 6’ x 36” tables can accommodate 3’x24” chandeliers, although the length can increase a bit as long as it is covering about two-thirds of the table’s length. With wider 6 foot dining tables like a 6’ x 42”, the chandelier can be up to 30 inches wide.
Chandeliers are a beautiful addition to any dining room as they add a unique style and lighting scheme to this essential space. With the sizing guidelines listed above, you may now confidently choose a chandelier that will balance your room’s size and aesthetic.
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