How to Choose a Chandelier for Your Table

Article Posted By: Caroline Inge

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How to Choose a Chandelier for Your Table

One of the best ways to turn a boring dining room into a drama-filled entertaining space is to add a large chandelier over your table. Not only will it give your room the light that you need for dining and entertaining, but chandeliers provide a beautiful focal point for your space. Whether you’re looking for a light fixture that is traditional, over-the-top, or even quite simple,  you’ll want to learn how to choose a chandelier that will work best for your space.

Step 1

The most important thing you should focus on (other than style) is the size. Before you start shopping, measure the length of your dining room table – you’ll want to choose a chandelier with a width that measures one-half of the length of the table.

Let this diagram help you learn how to choose the perfect chandelier for your space:

How to Choose a Chandelier for your Table

Step 2

When you’re ready to hang your new light fixture, be sure the bottom of the chandelier hangs between 30 to 36 inches above your dining room table.

Step 3 (optional)

Another great way to add drama to your dining room is to put your chandelier on dimmers. That way you can control the ambiance lighting when you’re entertaining. You may need to talk to an electrician about putting your chandelier on dimmers if you aren’t comfortable working with your home’s electrical system. If you don’t have an electrician that you’re comfortable with, learn more about our electrical services and have The Home Depot install your chandelier for you!

Did you know that The Home Depot offers a wide variety of showroom-style chandeliers which are available online, including crystal, glass, and even some as large as 45-light chandeliers? Be sure to browse our entire selection of chandeliers online for product reviews, inspiration, and style ideas.