Tips on Hanging Lighting

We get a lot of questions about how to hang lighting. To be honest, sometimes we don’t play by any rules and we just trust our gut, but that being said here are some guidelines to get you started.

The general rule for hanging dining room chandeliers is that the bottom of the fixture should hang between 30″ and 36″ from the tabletop assuming you have an 8′ ceiling. This same rule holds true for lighting over islands and kitchen tables.  We recommend that for each additional foot of ceiling height you should add about 3″ to the suspension height. So if your ceiling is 10 feet tall, your lighting fixture should be hung 36-40 inches over the table. It’s important to note however that not everyone agrees with this. Though in some circumstances we feel that the ceiling height shouldn’t affect the distance of the fixture from the tabletop. If this is the case in your home the best thing to do is hold the fixture over the table and move it up and down until it feels right.

While there are no hard-and-fast rules for placing sconces, some strategies create a more welcoming decor than others. It is important to place lighting fixtures where they look most aesthetically pleasing. We usually stand up and take a step back to decide on placement as part of your overall decor.

A fun tip: Try hanging a chandelier in an unexpected place! A chandelier will add character to a little girl’s room, charm to a nursery, or glamour to a bathroom. Side note, the bottom of the chandelier shouldn’t be lower than 7 feet from the ground if people are walking under it.

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6 thoughts on “Tips on Hanging Lighting

  1. stef says:

    Great post! Do you have any tips if the space above your dining room table is open to above – meaning, the entire height of the home? I’m struggling to find a chandelier that works in this space, given how long it would need to be to reach the table!

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