Hello, my friends! How are you? Lacey and I just “took our exercise” as my sweet father-in-law likes to say. But while it’s on my mind, I want to share with you my tricks and tips on how high to hang a chandelier!
Have you ever walked into a room and felt like something was a little off? Was it a chandelier that was hung too high or too low? I do that sometimes. Like the one in our master bedroom. I wasn’t here when it was hung and I regret it. The chandelier that hung in here originally was removed according to plan. It was a completely different style fixture so how it was hanging looked perfect. Ours was hung at the same height but it looks too high to me. Thus, I’ve scheduled our electrician to come and lower it by about a foot and a half. It’s a heavy fixture, so I dread even asking. Plus, since the light is so high, you miss out on the pretty details. This one is also going on a dimmer switch once it’s lowered.
I know this is not a scientific way to hang a fixture but I like to see if I can reach the bottom of the chandelier when it’s hanging from the ceiling. The “official” rules state a chandelier should hang approximately 7 feet off of the ground. (which is about the height of me reaching up and touching the bottom of the chandelier so it does work for me!) This beauty is hanging in our powder room. We bought it at an estate sale and the seller said it was from Paris. I’m not sure if that’s true, but that’s the story and I”m sticking to it. It is lovely. We hung this one 80″ off of the floor so not quite 7 feet. I wanted to be sure I could see it easily when I walk into the room. We had to put a chain sleeve on it to disguise the fact the chains are two different styles. I bought this one from Ballard Designs years ago. You can find one similar here: ( Chandelier Chain Cover )
I added the clear crystal ball on the bottom of the chandelier. All we need now is a dimmer. Well, and a different vanity. More on that later…
Je t’aime ma chère! <3
And how high to hang a chandelier over a dining table? It really depends on how large the fixture and your personal preference. Again the rule of thumb is to hang a chandelier 30-40 inches off of the top of the table for a room with an 8 foot ceiling. If the ceiling is taller than 8 feet you should add an additional 3 inches higher for each foot of ceiling height. We hung ours 37 inches above the table surface. (mainly because that’s how much wire and chain was already on the fixture)
The lowest crystal is about 33″ above the top of the table. At first I thought it was too high, but because the chandelier is so large and ornate, now I think it’s fine. My husband put it on a dimmer and we adore it! I leave it on almost all of the time as a result.
The bottom of the lowest crystal is 33 inches off of the table. The light is high enough so you can mostly see through it when you are standing. But, personal preference is key especially if you are very tall, etc.
For the kitchen island we hung our double crystal chandeliers 40″ above the counter top. (The lowest crystal is about 38″ from the counter top.) Our ceilings in this area are about 10 feet high so we wanted to make sure we had good task lighting and people could see underneath the lights while standing in the kitchen. I admit I am totally in love with my double white chandeliers. (See that unsightly hole in the ceiling in between the chandeliers? I’m about to remedy that very soon!)
We used 25 watt bulbs and 81 crystals per chandelier. And they too are on a dimmer switch for perfect lighting anytime of the day! (Is it wrong to love chandeliers so much? I think not.)
This beauty hangs in our great room. I can’t take credit for this one since the previous owners chose it but we absolutely love it! The ceilings in this room are about 15 feet high and the chandelier hangs 7 feet 4 inches off of the ground. My husband put it on a dimmer and now it’s perfect!
This is simply a guide on how high we like to hang our chandeliers. Some folks may have differing opinions but I think it helps to have a ball park figure in mind especially when the electrician is standing there asking you how high you want to hang a particular fixture. Then you can say, I want it to hang X-number of feet or inches off of the table or floor. Or in my case I reach my arm high over my head and say “this high”. 😉
I’m so glad you stopped by today! Please feel free to comment, write to me and share me with your friends! I hope you have a lovely day! xoxo Dell
P.S. This is Lacey taking an unscheduled dip in the water fountain on our walk today. She found it quite refreshing!