Ideas for Choosing, Placing and Hanging a Bedroom Chandelier

Published By: Shades Of Light

Date Published:

Last Updated: September 19, 2019

0 Comments

Choosing a chandelier for a bedroom presents unique opportunities to craft creative looks that embody your personal sense of style. Chandeliers are perfect solutions for adding ambient lighting, as opposed to task or direct lighting, to soften the look in your bedroom. No matter your sense of style, master bedroom chandeliers are sure to add a sophisticated, romantic element to your decor. As you search for bedroom chandelier ideas and inspiration, consider these practical tips for sizing, placement, hanging and safety.


How to choose the right size chandelier for your bedroom


What size chandelier you choose for your bedroom depends on where you decide to hang the chandelier. Here are the sizing formulas for two common bedroom chandelier placements so you can know if you need a small bedroom chandelier or a larger option:

• Centered Placement: Centering the chandelier in your bedroom will most often mean placing it over the foot of your bed. If this is the look that most speaks to your fashion sense, you can use a simple formula to determine how big your chandelier should be. Measure the length and width of your room and add those two numbers together. The result converted to inches equals the diameter of an appropriately sized chandelier. For example, if your room is twelve feet wide and thirteen feet long, the perfect chandelier will be roughly twenty-five inches in diameter.

• Over the Bed Placement: Another popular chandelier placement is to center the fixture over the bed—in this case, the size of the bed will play the biggest role in determining the size of your chandelier, as a large chandelier will overwhelm a smaller bed and a mini-chandelier won't pair well with a king- or queen- sized bed frame. Generally speaking, chandeliers with a diameter of thirty-six inches will suit a king- or queen-sized bed and chandeliers with a diameter of twenty-four inches will look best over a full- or twin-sized bed. In this case, other lighting layers such as sconces, table lamps, or ceiling fixtures should be utilized for larger rooms to ensure your space is appropriately lit throughout and the light sources don't appear unbalanced.


Determining bedroom chandelier height for hanging

Whether you center your chandelier in the room or place your chandelier above the bed, the bottom of the chandelier should hang roughly seven feet above the ground. Be sure to adjust the height of your chandelier over your bed so the fixture isn't hanging too low. It shouldn't impede the view of any TV screens, nor pose a safety hazard as you sit up and climb in and out of bed. For the true trendsetter, two small chandeliers suspended over nightstands on either side of the bed create a striking effect while also serving as functional task lighting. These hanging bedside chandeliers should be sized based upon the size of the nightstands, and as always, other lighting sources should be spread throughout the room to achieve a posh, balanced look.

Determining bedroom chandelier height for hanging



Choosing a kid’s room chandelier

These chandelier sizing and placement methods can also be applied to nursery lighting or kid's room lighting. Consider suspending a small nursery chandelier over a changing station to create soft, diffused light for your baby's late night needs. A kid's room chandelier can be a fun and playful way to subtly up the style factor in your child's personal haven, particularly when considering a chandelier for a girl's room. Crystal mini chandeliers, fun and funky geometric chandeliers and boho beaded and tasseled chandeliers are all solid options for building a vibrant, light-hearted look that'll make your child's bedroom their favorite room in the house.

Choosing a kid’s room chandelier

Finally, no matter what type of chandelier you choose to hang in your bedrooms, always be sure to consult a licensed electrician! Some fixtures will require extra support or modified placement to ensure they are safely mounted.

Top of Page