How High Do You Hang a Chandelier?

Roger Pontes  |  July 24, 2015  |  5 Min. Read

Lighting  |  Chandeliers

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'How high do you hang a chandelier?' Is the most commonly asked lighting question at Yale. 

It all depends on your space.

For example, a chandelier above a dining room table can hang lower than a chandelier that’s in a living room or bedroom.

There are a few considerations such as the size of the room, the ceiling height, and where the chandelier is being placed.

chandelier in dining room

Chandeliers can be installed in many different areas of a home for a more distinctive and personalized look.

The most common area for a chandelier to hang is in a dining room. You can also hang chandeliers in foyers, kitchens, bedrooms, family rooms, living rooms, and even in bathrooms.

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Chandeliers above a Table or Counter

chandelier in kitchen above table or counter

When installing a chandelier above a table or counter, you want to hang the chandelier 30”- 36” from the tabletop or countertop to the bottom of the chandelier.

When you‘re sitting down, the chandelier should be above your head. When standing the light should be above your eye level. Hanging the chandelier at this height allows you to look past it when talking to someone or just looking across the room.

Same rule works pendant lights above a counter. If you have higher ceilings you may to hang the chandelier a little higher than normal.

Chandeliers in a Foyer or Great Room

chandelier in foyer or great room

When installing a chandelier in a foyer or a great room, the chandelier cannot be lower than 7 feet from the floor to the bottom of the chandelier.

In a foyer, most chandeliers are installed at window level where you can see the chandelier from outside your home.

In a two story foyer or great room with stairs, try hanging the chandelier at a height where it doesn’t sit below the second floor.

Chandeliers in a Bedroom

chandelier in bedroom

Chandeliers can add an unique element to your bedroom. The standard height for a bedroom chandelier would be 7 feet.

If the chandelier is going above your bed you may hang it a little lower. Don’t go too low, you don't want to accidently bump your head.

If you have a corner table or nightstand that you want to hang a chandelier above, you can hang it 36” above the table top.

Chandeliers in a Bathroom

chandelier in bathroom

More and more people have been hanging chandeliers in a bathroom above a tub to for an elegant look.

Depending on where you live, some cities and towns may not allow you to hang a chandelier above a tub unless it’s rated for wet location.

Same for chandeliers in a bathroom as it should not hang less than 7 feet from the floor.

Final Thoughts

These measurements are basic guidlines. You can adjust to your particular taste or height accordingly.

Chandeliers can really personalize a room. You want it proportional to the room size and ceiling height.

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Roger Pontes

Roger Pontes has been with Yale Appliance for over 10 years. He’s worked in both the lighting and appliance department over the years. Roger truly enjoys helping people. He’s a married father of 2 kids, a boy and a girl. On his spare time Roger enjoys spending time with his family and playing sports.

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