If you’re replacing an old chandelier, you can install nearly any size of antler chandelier in any room in your house. Just because you can do something, though, doesn’t mean that you should. A large chandelier in a small room is overwhelming. A small chandelier in a large room is too diminutive and won’t give off enough light.
If you’ve been thinking about purchasing an antler chandelier, you’ll want to make sure that it fits well in the room where you’re installing it. In this article, we’ll give you an overview of all of the measurements you need to take before you take the plunge and buy your new antler chandelier.
How to Measure What Size Chandelier You Need?
There are a couple of simple ways to determine how big your chandelier should be. Measure the length of the room and the width of the room in feet. Add those two numbers, and the resulting sum is the largest diameter, in inches, of the chandelier for your room.
For example, if the room is 20 feet by 25 feet, you can easily fit a chandelier with a 45-inch diameter will fit perfectly. If you’re concerned about the height, there’s a rule for that, too. The formula for height is 2 to 3 inches of chandelier height per foot of wall height. If your room has a 12 foot ceiling, it won’t be overwhelmed by a 24 to 36 inch tall chandelier.
How to Measure a Room For Two Chandeliers?
Two smaller chandeliers better light some large rooms than one large one. For example, choosing two antler chandeliers for a large ballroom breaks the room up nicely and creates more even ambient light. In this case, each chandelier will cover half the room, so you’ll halve the sum of the length and width in feet, giving you the diameter of the chandeliers in inches.
If you’re measuring for two chandeliers in a room that’s 64 feet wide and 40 feet long, the sum is 104. If you put a single, central chandelier in this room, it could be 104 inches in diameter or slightly less than 9 feet. For a room of this size with two chandeliers, they could each be 52 inches in diameter, which is still pretty large.
What Size Chandelier Can You Put in a Dining Room?
If your antler chandelier is going in your dining room, you can use your dining table as a basis for the chandelier’s size and the height of the walls. If the walls are 10 feet tall, you can still safely purchase a chandelier up to 20 inches in height. You can even extend it a bit lower from the ceiling, as you won’t have to worry about anyone bumping their head on it, as it will be hanging over the table.
For the chandelier’s diameter, measure the width of your dining table. As a rule of thumb, pick a chandelier about half this width. If your table is 48 inches wide, choose a smaller chandelier about a 24 inch diameter.
If you have a large dining room table and want more even lighting, you can evenly space two chandeliers along the length of the table. In this case, you should probably choose diameters of a quarter to a third of the table’s width so that they don’t overpower the rest of the room’s décor.
Other Measurements to Consider
You won’t have to take a lot of measurements before purchasing an antler chandelier. Mostly, you’ll want to make sure that it fits the room’s décor aesthetically, but you will have to take into account a couple of measurements for safety and to make sure that the chandelier will, in fact, fit.
If you place your new antler chandelier over a table, you won’t have to worry about headspace, as no one will walk over it. You should probably make sure that it hangs between 2 and 3 feet above the table to ensure everyone sitting down can see each other without a light fixture obstructing the view, but there are no safety concerns here.
However, suppose you’re hanging a chandelier in the middle of a room or foyer where people will walk under it. In that case, you’ll want to make absolutely sure that not even your tallest family member or guest can bang their head on the chandelier. As a rule, ensure your chandelier doesn’t fall below 8 feet, 7 at the lowest.
Finally, if you’re placing the chandelier in a narrow foyer, you should measure the dimensions of the ceiling where you will hang it. You’ll want to make sure you don’t choose a chandelier that’s too wide for the space.
Now you should know how to measure for an antler chandelier. Happy light fixture hunting!