Select a chandelier based ceiling height. The length of the fixture should be proportionate to the height of the ceiling. Generally, a chandelier should be equivalent to 2 1/2 to 3 inches for each foot of a room's height. For example, in a dining room with 8-foot ceilings, the best choice would be a chandelier no larger than 20 to 24 inches high. In a home with 10-foot ceilings, the dining room can accommodate a fixture between 25 to 30 inches tall.
Size the width chandelier to the table top. You can create excellent symmetry in a room by selecting a chandelier that is half the diameter or width of the tabletop. For example, if a rectangular table is 52 inches wide, a chandelier that is 26 inches wide would be a suitable choice. For circular tables measuring 72 inches in diameter, a chandelier should be no wider than 36 inches.
Size the chandelier based on the distance from the base of the fixture to the tabletop. A chandelier will be most aesthetically pleasing if the base of the chandelier is 30 inches higher than the tabletop.
Things You Will Need
- Tape measure
- Chandeliers look best when hung over the direct center of a table.
- If you are unsure of table width or diameter, measure the width and length of a table. The sum is the diameter.