How to Determine the Right Chandelier Size for Your Room

When it Comes to Chandeliers, Size Matters

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Determining the right chandelier size for a room can be a bit tricky. If you get one that's too small it will get lost; if you get one that's too big it can completely overwhelm the space. Here are a few tips that will help you get the right size chandelier for your room.

Determining a Chandelier Size

Before following the guidelines below remember that the style and visual weight of the chandelier will also affect the size you should get. A visually heavy light fixture can be a little bit smaller while a visually light fixture can be a little wider.

A simple way to determine a chandelier size is to add the dimensions of the room together in feet and then convert the answer to inches. The answer in inches should equal the diameter of the fixture. So if your room measures 10' x 14' the diameter of the fixture should be about 24". Here are a few more quick guidelines to help:

  • If the room is smaller than 10' x 10' the fixture should be 17" to 20" wide.
  • If the room is around 12' x 12' the fixture should be 22" to 27" wide.
  • If the room is around 14' x 14' the fixture should be 24" to 32" wide.

Remember that if you're buying a dining room chandelier to hang above a table you'll also have to take the size of the table into account.