How to Determine the Right Size Chandelier

Adding a chandelier to a room will give the room a visual focal point. For this reason, careful thought should go into the selection of the fixture. A size that is too large for the room will be overpowering. One that is too small will look disproportional and just as out of place as one that is too large. The size of the chandelier will also determine the amount of light that it will provide. Chandeliers can be purchased in specialty lighting stores or home improvement stores.

  1. Calculate the correct size of the chandelier using this formula as a guide. If a room measures 10 by 12 feet, add 10 plus 12. The answer is 22; therefore, 22 inches should be the approximate diameter of the chandelier.

  2. Measure the height of the room to determine the height of the chandelier. A common rule is 2 ½ to 3 inches for every foot of height for a room. An 8-foot room should thus have a fixture that is 20 to 24 inches in height.

  3. Measure the width of the dining room table before selecting a size for the dining room. The fixture should be half the width of the table.

  4. Consider the "visual weight" of the fixture. Some chandeliers will appear larger or smaller, depending upon the style. If the visual weight makes it appear light, then the diameter of the fixture can be slightly larger than the calculated size. If the visual weight appears heavy, choose a smaller-diameter fixture.

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Emma Lee owns a photography website and also works as a freelance writer specializing in home improvement, animals and photography. Her work can be found on various websites. Lee attended Charles County Community College located in Maryland.