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Chandelier Height - What is the Proper Ceiling Height for These?

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Deciding on how high your chandelier should be hung is dependent on where you are thinking of hanging this. This just means that the height of your bedroom chandelier is different from the height of your dining room chandelier, and your living room chandelier, for that matter. The placement of your chandelier in these different parts of your home is also relevant to the height of your lighting fixture therefore you should also determine where you will be putting this before worrying about the hanging height.

To help you with this dilemma, here are some of the rooms that commonly see a chandelier installed in them, and where these hanging lights are often placed in them, as well as the suggested hanging height for each:

Dining Room – this is often the place where you find a chandelier being installed, and the most common area where these can be found is directly above the dining table, as it should be. Some of the things you need to remember when you are thinking of getting a chandelier for your dining room include the following:

  • Make sure your chandelier is about 12 inches thinner than your dining table.
  • When you hang your chandelier, make sure that it is around 4 feet away from any wall.
  • If your dining room ceiling is 8 feet high, make sure that the distance between your lighting fixture and your table is around 30 to 34 inches. If your ceiling is higher, add 3 more inches for each foot over 8 feet.


Bedroom – this is the second place some people choose to have a chandelier in, and they add this lighting fixture for an element of romance and elegance. The placement of this chandelier is dependent on what effect you want it to have, as well as its main function.

  • If you are thinking of a more utilitarian yet eye-catching effect, hang this in the middle of the room.
  • For a more romantic effect, above the bed is a good idea.
  • If you want a functional light that is also decorative for your bedroom workspace, then a small one over your desk is a good idea.
  • For the height, consider the height of your bedroom ceiling plus where this lighting fixture is to go, and make sure that there is enough headroom underneath once you hang this.
  • An average of 6 to 12 inches above your head for all areas is ideal.


Living Room – when you purchase a chandelier for your living room, you won’t have to worry about its size, as long as it is proportionate to the size of the room. As with the dining room, you need to ensure that this lighting fixture is hung at least 4 feet away from any wall.

  • Hang this fixture in the middle of the room, or if the room is rather large, situate it above the coffee table of your main living room seating fixture.
  • Make sure that these are hung at least 7 feet from the floor, and higher for ceilings that are taller.

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