So you want to buy a gorgeous chandelier or a pretty pendant light to hang over a table in your dining room or kitchen….but what size of chandelier should you buy?
As an interior design consultant there are many design rules of thumb that I work with….
….and I’m going to share with you the trick on picking the perfect chandelier size for your table!
Chandeliers vary widely in size, shape and weight and tables vary widely in size too. So how do you choose the right chandelier for your table?
These are the things you want to keep in mind: The chandelier must be big enough to provide light to everyone sitting at the table but not too big that you’ll bump into it when you are sitting down or getting up.
A chandelier should be 12 inches smaller than the table width (or diameter if it's a round table).
Table width – 12 inches = Chandelier size
Example: if your dining table is 42 inches wide, your chandelier should be 30 inches in diameter (40 – 12 = 30).
Here’s a handy chart you can print out to keep in your purse or wallet to use the next time you are shopping for a chandelier! (see the end of this post for tips on how to print out this chart!)
Chandelier Size Calculation and Chart:
My Table Width (inches)
Subtract 12 inches
My Chandelier Size (inches)
This is an example of a chandelier perfectly sized to provide light to everyone at the table and it’s not so large that ait won’t be bumped:
How to print the Chandelier Sizing Chart:
1. Click on the green ‘Print’ button at the bottom of this post.
2. When you click on this Print button a pop up window will open up. By mousing over certain sections of the pop up window you can delete elements (pictures and sentences), just click on them to delete…so you can delete specific sentences and images and only print out exactly what you want or just the sizing chart alone! Saves paper and ink!
3. Now click on the Print button in the top left corner of the pop up window to print the Chandelier Size Chart!
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Written by Heather at Setting for Four
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