How to Choose the Correct Size Chandelier For a Dining Room

Updated on July 21, 2022

Are you wondering what size chandelier to buy for your dining room? It can range from a simple chandelier that centers over the dining room table to a more elaborate one that is the centerpiece of the room.

So, what sized chandelier should you buy for your dining room? If you have a small dining room and table, then you should buy a smaller chandelier to hang over the table. If you’re fortunate enough to have a larger dining room and table, you should buy a large chandelier to match.

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Measure the Room

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As with most tasks, bust out the handy measuring tool and jot down the dimensions of the room. You will need to measure the length, width, and height of the room. In order for your room to receive the best lighting from your chandelier, you’ll need to know this.

Double-checking your measurements is never a bad idea.

Chandelier Placement

A general rule is to measure the length and width of a room, in feet, and then add them up for the diameter of the chandelier. Then just use inches instead of feet.

Although it’s a simple process, it can be easy to overlook when doing it for the first time.


  • 10 feet + 12 feet = 22 inches; Replace feet with inches

Measure the Table

If you’re interested in hanging the chandelier over the table, you’ll need to know the table’s dimensions to optimize the placement of it. The length, width, and even table height have an effect on the type of chandelier you choose.

Having the best proportions for the chandelier and table is a must if you want to create the proper setting in your dining room.

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Hanging the Chandelier

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In order to get a general height for your chandelier, you will need to multiply the height of the room by 2.5. Just like with the chandelier placement, you will replace feet with inches for the total.

Even after measuring and calculating the distance to hang the chandelier, you might have to readjust it. After all, the equation only provides you with the suggested height to hang the chandelier.


  • 10 feet x 2.5 = 25 inches; Replace feet with inches

Over a Table

If you’re hanging your chandelier over a table, it’s recommended to leave between 2 to 2 ½ feet in clearance. Ensure that you measure the table and chandelier beforehand to get the best proportions.

Over Open Floor

If you’re hanging your chandelier over the open floor, it’s suggested to leave about 7 feet of space from the bottom of the chandelier and the floor. While easier, it might be harder to do in a smaller dining room.

Chandelier Shape

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A chandelier’s shape plays a pivotal role in how well it illuminates the room. While some of the modern chandeliers available look interesting, they can be useless you buy them in multiples. Although not a concern for some, more chandeliers means more work putting them up.

Weigh your options and needs before rushing into a purchase that you’ll later regret.

Chandelier Size

Small Chandeliers

Why not set the mood by having a strategically placed chandelier with a light dimmer switch. The allure of a dimly lit dining room while enjoying a meal might have you considering a smaller-sized chandelier that’s centered over the dining room table.

Large Chandeliers

Having a chandelier as the centerpiece of the room is a dream for many – optimal lighting, a means to draw the eye and start a conversation, what’s not to like?

As mentioned above, it’s important to keep several things in mind when considering a large chandelier for your dining room.

  • What are the dimensions of the room?
  • Is the chandelier going above the table?


  • Undersized chandeliers make the room poorly lit and
  • Over-sized chandeliers make the room
  • Check out photos and videos to get an idea for your chandeliers
  • Check out some of the software online that allows you to simulate your preferred chandelier before purchase, it’ll just ask for dimensions, lumens, etc.

What’s Best for You

Picking the right size chandelier for the dining room is an essential part of decorating your house or apartment and if your lease agreement permits replacement, consider your price range and desired look before making a purchase you might later regret.

Chandeliers have been a central part of décor and, oftentimes, a symbol of status and power since the 18th century. First constructed for royalty, chandeliers were originally composed of gold and other precious metals. Although it’s not the Versailles, picking the right chandelier for your dining room might be just as important to you.