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How high should I hang a chandelier over my dining table? [A Quick Guide]

Chandelier hanging above dining table

It’s often said that a picture is worth a thousand words. And when it comes to home decor, that saying couldn’t be more true.

A beautiful chandelier can really add an elegant touch to your dining room and set the tone for special occasions. But hanging a chandelier can seem like a daunting task if you don’t know where to start.

In this article, we will outline three easy ways to hang a chandelier over your dining room table, and the ideal heights at which you should hang them.

So, whether you’re renting and don’t have any drilling privileges (like me!), or you just want a quick and easy solution, we have you covered.

Let’s get started!

Method One: Use a Chandelier Hook

Chandellier hanging on chandelier hook

One simple way to hang a chandelier is to use a chandelier hook. This is a small metal hook that can be attached to the ceiling without any damage or permanent alterations. You can find these hooks at most hardware stores or online.

To use this method, here's what you'll need to do:

Step #1: Turn off the power to the room

Since you'll be working with electrical wiring, it's always better to shut the power off to the room before you begin. This will help prevent any accidents.

Step #2: Measure the distance from the ceiling to the table

Using a tape measure, determine how far the chandelier will hang from the ceiling. Once you have this measurement, add 3-4 inches to account for the height of the hook.

Generally, you'll want the chandelier to hang about 30-36 inches above the table. But feel free to adjust this according to your own preferences.

Step #3: Attach the hook to the ceiling

Using a drill or a screwdriver, attach the hook to the ceiling where you've marked your measurement. Be sure to use screws that are appropriate for the type of ceiling you have (drywall, plaster, etc.).

Step #4: Hang the chandelier from the hook

Carefully place the chandelier on the hook, and secure it in place. Once it's secure, you can turn the power back on and enjoy your new light fixture!

Method Two: Use a Ceiling Medallion 

Chandelier attached to ceiling medallion

If you want to add a decorative touch to your chandelier, you can use a ceiling medallion.

These are ornamental discs that are attached to the ceiling around the chandelier. They come in a variety of sizes and styles, so you're sure to find one that fits your dining room's decor.

To install a ceiling medallion, first, determine the size you need. Ceiling medallions come in sizes ranging from 8 to 24 inches. To find the right size for your space, measure the diameter of your chandelier. Then, add two inches to that measurement. For example, if your chandelier is 20 inches in diameter, you'll need a 22-inch medallion.

Once you've determined the size you need, select a style. Ceiling medallions come in both round and oval shapes, and they're available in a variety of materials, including plaster, wood, and metal.

When you've found the perfect medallion, position it on the ceiling so that it's centred over the chandelier. Then, use a pencil to mark the location of the screw holes. Next, remove the medallion and drill pilot holes at the marked locations. Finally, screw the medallion into place.

Method Three: Hang It from an Extension Rod

Chandelier with extension rod

If you want to hang your chandelier a little higher off the ground, you can use an extension rod.

Extension rods are great options if you have high ceilings and want to make a statement. Simply screw the rod into the ceiling, and then screw the chandelier onto the rod. You can get extension rods at most hardware stores.

Make sure that the rod is long enough so that the bottom of the chandelier hangs at least 30 inches above the table. You don't want it to be too low, or it will get in the way when you're trying to eat!

If you have a ceiling fan, you may need to remove it before you can install the extension rod. Ceiling fans are usually attached with screws, so you should be able to unscrew them and take the fan down. If you're not sure how to do this, you can always ask a friend or family member for help.

Once the extension rod is in place, screw the chandelier onto it. Then, turn on the power and enjoy your new light fixture! And don't forget to add the bulbs!

No matter what your style or budget is, there's a chandelier out there that's perfect for your dining room. With a little bit of planning and some basic tools, you can easily install one yourself.

Final Thoughts - How high should I hang a chandelier over my dining table?

If you have an 8-foot ceiling, hang a chandelier 30 to 34 inches above the table. If your ceiling is higher than 8 feet, add 3 more inches for each extra foot. This will ensure that the chandelier is the proper height above the table.

Remember, it's important to turn off the power before you begin any of these methods. This will help prevent accidents. And be sure to ask for help if you're not sure how to do something. It's always better to be safe than sorry!

Installing a chandelier over your dining room table is a great way to add style and light to the space. With these three easy methods, you can choose the best way to hang your chandelier based on your own preferences and needs.

And with that, you're all set! Your new chandelier is sure to make mealtime more enjoyable.

Are You Looking for a New Chandelier?

If you're in the market for a new chandelier, we've got you covered. Check out our wide selection of chandeliers here at Cavelights, and find the perfect one for your home. We have options for every budget and style, so you're sure to find the perfect fit.

Happy shopping!