How High to Hang a Dining Room Chandelier

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Q: What is the correct mounting height for a fixture or chandelier over a dining room table?

A: First off, I’ll provide a guideline: The bottom of the fixture should be 32 to 36 inches above the tabletop. Now that I’ve told you that rule, I’m also going to tell you to disregard it. I really feel that every situation is different. It depends on the size of the table, the diameter and height of the fixture, and the height of the ceiling. All of these are factors in determining what should be the correct mounting height.

Most lighting manufacturers offer additional cord, chain or stem lengths to provide some give-and-take in the overall length of the fixture. I like to have my client sit down in a dining chair while the electrician is there so that we can look at various heights.
I stand at the entry of the dining room to see how the fixture relates to the volume the space. 

Also, when picking a fixture (if you can’t borrow an actual sample), consider cutting out a cardboard template that is the height and diameter of the fixture to give a good idea of how it might look in the space before making a final decision. You may find that two medium fixtures look better than one large fixture, especially with a rectangular table.

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Randall Whitehead is an educator and author on the subject of lighting design. His work has been featured in many magazines, including Architectural Digest, Home & Garden and Esquire. He has appeared as a guest expert on HGTV, Discovery, CNN and Martha Stewart Living Radio.

His Latest book Beautiful Light outlines how to create successful and subtly beautiful LED lighting designs for homes and gardens. It is due out August 2021.

You can see his entertaining 1-minute instructional videos at furniturelightingdecor.com. And you can follow him on Instagram:  @randall.whitehead

 

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