Pendant & Chandelier Height Guide
There are a lot of options when it comes to lighting your home, but figuring out how high to hang them is pretty easy once you know the rules for each room in your house. Whether you want to hang something over a table or island in your kitchen or dining room, or if you have high ceilings and want some extra height for an entire living room wall of pendants, there’s no wrong answer!
Pendant lights and chandeliers are great ways to add lighting to a room, but you want to make sure that they are hung at an appropriate height so that they don’t look awkward or unnecessary. If you hang them too high, they can look like something out of an old movie or like they’re just there for show. If you hang them too low, they can look like they are interfering with what’s going on below them—like they’re hovering over the people below like some kind of big dark cloud.
Recommended Height above a Table, Island, or Countertop
A rule of thumb is to center the fixture about one-third of its height above the surface where it will be mounted. If the ceiling is at least 10 feet (3m) high, you don’t need to worry about this rule too much, just put it directly over your head.
If your ceiling is lower than 10 feet (3m), however, the hanging height of light fixture is one of the first things that you should consider when hanging your light. While there are no hard and fast rules, it’s generally considered to be best to hang your pendant between 30 and 36 inches (75-90cm) above a table, island, or countertop. This will ensure that the light hits where you want it to, while still being far enough away so that it’s not too bright.