Pro Tip: Hanging Height for Dining Room Fixtures

It’s that time of year again. The air is crisp. Apples are fresh for the picking and those big family gatherings are right around the corner. Which means you might be ready to elevate your dining room decor. Light fixtures are not only  a great decor piece, but in a dining room – they are essential. However, it can be difficult to determine the right fixture for your dining area. Specifically, it can be difficult to determine the proper hanging height for above-table fixtures.


The dining room is a beautiful place to let your design style run wild. Between all of the furnishings, textiles and accessories that bring your space to life – there are still technical requirements that need to be met. For example, the table needs to be the right size. This is not only for your family, but also for the room. The table cloths and napkins need to be durable to hold up against dinner messes. Most importantly, the chandelier needs to provide enough light to illuminate your meal. It needs to be hung at a perfect height – not obstructing your view, but not too high – as it can look odd and obscure the light.

The positioning of your chandelier over your dining room table has a few good rules of thumb to remember.

Dining Room Style

There are so many options to illuminate your dining room. Whether your style is contemporary, traditional or something in between, you want to ensure that your lighting choice reflects your taste.



You want to ensure that your chandelier is at least 12 inches narrower than the width of your table on each side. That way no one knocks their head reaching for turkey at Thanksgiving dinner.

Hanging Height:

In a room with an 8-foot ceiling, the rule of thumb is that the chandelier should be 30-34 inches from the table. For rooms with larger ceilings, the distance of the light from the table will increase by approximately 3 inches for every foot. Therefore, if the room has a 9-foot ceiling then the distance of the chandelier should be 33-37 inches.

Getting the Look:

If you have taken all of the above pointers in to consideration, then there is just one last tip to make sure you get the look you are going for.modern-crystal-dining-room

Check Your View Points:

When hanging your light, take a seat at the table and make sure it is hanging the way you want. Then, take another peek from the entry way of the room. Does your lighting choice add to the overall effect of the room? Is it positioning correctly? Also, make sure the fixture is secured to the ceiling properly – you don’t want it ruining your next dinner party!