Can Chandeliers be Wider Than a Table?

A chandelier can be one of the best additions to your dining room or the foyer of your home. It can accentuate the overall decor and give a very classy and regal touch to the room.

Chandeliers come in all different shapes and sizes, but it is critical to choose the right one for your particular room.

That said, can chandeliers be wider than a table and still look nice?

Although a chandelier can be wider than a table, it should not necessarily be. It depends on the size of your room. If the room is very large but has a small table, the chandelier should be wider than the table. If the room is small, the chandelier should not be wider.

If you have a large space, smaller chandeliers will get lost in the decor and could even look funny. However, having a huge chandelier in a small space will look really awkward. Therefore, it is always important to choose a chandelier that is proportional to the width as well as the height of the room you plan to put it in.

Choosing the Right Size Chandelier for Your Room (5 Considerations)

If you are thinking about putting the chandelier in your dining room and centering it over your table, the size of the chandelier needs to correspond the size of the table. They should be proportional. However, as with most general rules exceptions do apply.

For example, if the size of your dining room is far bigger than your table, the chandelier can be a bit wider than your table. Likewise, if your dining room is on the smaller side, try to find a chandelier that is not as wide as the table.

If you are serious about purchasing a chandelier, you should consider five important factors before buying one.

1 – Length and Width

Do your research! Believe it or not, there are a ton of sizes out there. Look into all the ones best suited for your room before you take the plunge and installing one over your table. Make sure everything jives well with the overall design and shape of your table.

2 – Volume of Light

Chandeliers give off plenty of light and can illuminate your room beautifully. However, if you want a dimmer light for your dining area, you need be sure to choose one with just the right volume of light.

3 – Style of the Chandelier

The amount of style differences are surprisingly mind-boggling. Chandeliers can be made of traditional crystal that you have seen in the movies or old Victorian homes while some can be very modern. You can find eclectic rectangular-shaped chandeliers that are as wide as your table or the more standard round chandeliers that are 40-45 inches wide.

Chandeliers in your room can create a beautiful ambiance. They also come in various accents like copper, metallic, or chrome. Although the type of chandelier can be different, they almost always have the same parts: the top canopy, candle cup, body dish, candle tube, bottom bowl, and bottom ball.

Whether you want a sleek and contemporary design or more of a traditional style, make sure to take into account the overall look of your home before buying something that will mismatch.

4 – Design of the Room

In addition to matching the overall style of your home, you need to match the look and feel of the particular room you plan to install the chandelier in. If you want a chandelier that is wider than your table, be sure the style of the chandelier (not just the size) coordinates well with the design of your room. Be mindful about rooms with curved walls. Victorian style homes have these walls, and chandeliers are usually placed inside those curves. In this sort of setting, you can have a very wide chandelier looking beautiful in a room with a smaller table.

5 – Shape (Not Just Size) of the Table

When choosing a chandelier, the shape (not just the size) of your table also matters. Whether your table is oval, square, round, or rectangular, it will affect how the chandelier looks in the room. Be sure to use your judgement to determine whether your unique table shape compliments the chandelier you want to buy and vice versa. Most importantly, if it cannot provide the whole room with the desired amount of light due to the shape of your table, do not buy it.

Successfully Measuring and Hanging Your Chandelier (3 Steps)

Whether you opt for a chandelier that is wider than your table or not, there are three steps you need to follow to get your chandelier to fit perfectly in your desired room.

  • First, determine the width of your chandelier. Make sure to measure the length and width of the room. Then, add those measurements together, and convert the measurement unit from feet to inches.
  • Second, determine the height of your chandelier. Measure the ceiling height from where you want to install it all the way to the floor. At this point, ensure that the place you want to install it is at least 4 feet away from any adjacent walls. For every foot, estimate 2.5 inches to 3 inches of chandelier height. Multiply the ceiling height by the chandelier height. Convert the measurement unit to inches.
  • Third, determine the chain length of your chandelier. To measure your chain length, begin by measuring the ceiling to the tabletop in inches. Then, subtract the recommended installation height. (If your ceiling is less than 8 feet high, your dining room chandelier should hang 30 inches to 34 inches from the table top to the bottom of the chandelier and be centered over the table. If your ceiling is higher than 8 feet high, the recommended clearance is 36 inches to 40 inches.) Lastly, subtract the chandelier height.

Buying the Perfect Sized Chandelier

If you are in search for the perfect chandelier, there are many places where you can buy one. Whether you go to Home Depot or search on Amazon, you will find hundreds of options.

For more inspiration, check out the way hotels use them or tour a historical Victorian home. That will give you some ideas about the traditional, rustic, elegant, and modern kinds of chandeliers.

To really get it right, you can also sit down with an interior decorator who can help you find the perfect sized chandelier within your budget and style needs.

Chandeliers Over Conference Room Tables

Worth noting, if you are looking to hand a chandelier above a table in a conference room, going with a wider chandelier usually tends to be a good option. In a business setting, having a wide chandelier tends to give ample light for everyone sitting at the table while adding a luxury look to the office.

Set the Mood of a Room

Chandeliers are perfect for setting the mood of your room. Generally, tables tend to be made out of three main materials: wood, glass, or metal. Wood usually (but not always) tends to create a heavy look while metal and glass do not.

Consequently, it might be easier for you to visualize how a wider rustic chandelier with some wooden accents would look with a wooden table.

Similarly, it would be pretty easy to see how a chandelier with intricate glass globes can span the width of a glass table. When done properly, this look can create an illusion of a more airy room.

Wrapping Up

Chandeliers can be a perfect addition for both living rooms and dining rooms in residential spaces or hotels, restaurants, theaters, and museums in commercial settings.

At the end of the day, whether you plan to purchase a chandelier for your dining room, hallway, or even a conference room, be sure to find the chandelier best suited for the room.

Without a doubt, you can have a chandelier that is wider than your table, but whether it looks good or gaudy is completely dependent on the size of the room as well as the style of the chandelier and room decor.

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