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.

Pendant & Chandelier Height Guide


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.

Recommended Height above a Island
Recommended Height above a Table

Hanging Height In Living Room

If you’re hanging a chandelier or pendant light in your living room, there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to how high you hang it. Ceiling height is something that must be considered.

  • If the ceiling is lower than 8 feet (2.4m), then you’ll want to hang your fixture about 6 feet (1.8m) from the floor. This will allow for some visual variety in the space and give enough room for people to walk around comfortably.
  • If your ceiling is taller than 8 feet (2.4m) but less than 10 feet (3m), then you’ll want to hang your fixture about 7 feet (2.1m) from the floor. This will keep it at eye level for most people and will also allow for some visual variety in the space.
  • If your ceiling is higher than 10 feet (3m), then you’ll want to hang your fixture about 9 or 10 feet (2.7 or 3m) from the floor. This way, everyone will be able to see it without having to crane their necks!
Hanging Height Living Room

Hanging a Chandelier in the Bedroom

If you’re looking to hang a chandelier in your bedroom, The first thing to consider is the height of the room, and whether or not there are any beams or other obstructions that will prevent you from hanging your chandelier where you want it. Here are 2 other points about the hanging height of light to note:

  • Firstly, you’ll want to make sure that you have enough room above the seating area where you’ll be placing it. A chandelier will look best when it’s placed at least 6 feet above the seating area. This helps give off a more relaxed vibe and allows for better lighting in the room.
  • Secondly, think about whether or not you’d like to create an intimate atmosphere with a smaller chandelier or make a bold statement with a larger one. Chandeliers of different sizes can change the pattern and style of the entire space.
Hanging Height Bedroom

Adjustable Length of Light Fixtures are Available

Tonsda Lighting offers adjustable length of chain or rigid stem for their lighting fixtures. The length of the chain or rigid stem is adjustable and can be adjusted according to the hanging height of light. This allows you to install your lights how you want them, without having to worry about the length of the chain or rigid stem being too short, or too long. This is great because it makes sure that your fixture will work perfectly for your space.