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.
For a Single Chandelier in an Open Space
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 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.
For Two Chandeliers in One Room
Some large rooms are better lit by two smaller chandeliers than one large one. Choosing two antler chandeliers for a large ballroom, for example, breaks the room up nicely and creates more even ambient light. In this case, each chandelier will be covering half the room, so you’ll halve the sum of the length and width in feet, and that will give 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 were going to put a single, central chandelier in this room, it could be 104 inches in diameter, or a little 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.
For a Dining Room Chandelier
If your antler chandelier is going in your dining room, you can use your dining table as a basis for the chandelier’s size, as well as the height of the walls. If the walls are 10 feet tall, you can still safely purchase a chandelier that’s 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 diameter of the chandelier, measure the width of your dining table. As a rule of thumb, pick a chandelier that’s about half this width. If your table is 48 inches wide, choose a smaller chandelier with about a 24-inch diameter.
If you have a large dining room table, and you want more even lighting in the room, you can evenly space two chandeliers along the length of the table. In this case, though, you should probably choose diameters of a quarter to a third the width of the table, 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 are placing your new antler chandelier over a table, you won’t have to worry about headspace, as no one will be walking over it. You should probably make sure that it hangs between 2 and 3 feet above the table to make sure everyone sitting down can see each other without a light fixture obstructing the view, but there are no safety concerns here.
However, if you’re hanging a chandelier in the middle of a room or foyer where people will be walking under it, 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, make sure that your chandelier doesn’t fall below 8 feet, 7 at the very lowest.
Finally, if you’re placing the chandelier in a narrow foyer, you should measure the dimensions of the ceiling where you’re going to hang it. You’ll want to make sure that 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!
Content Provided By: Julia Ritzenthaler