Though not as big as most living rooms or as attention-grabbing as many bedrooms, the dining room is still one of the best rooms for decorating. There's no end of options for furnishings. Tables and chairs come in all shapes, sizes and eras, ready to fit into whatever look you choose to create. And once the furniture is in place, there's any number of textiles choices for tablecloths, napkins and placemats to bring color and texture to the room.
Even the accessories, such as plates, flatware, and china all offer an amazing variety of choices. And yet, amid all of the creative freedom, there are still a few technicalities that have to be addressed. The table has to be the right size for the amount of space the dining room offers, table linens need to be durable enough to stand up to the level of use they're likely to see, and the chandelier must be hung at just the right height.
Most dining rooms are illuminated by a chandelier. Whether your taste is traditional, contemporary, or something else entirely, it's altogether 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.