Dear Ballard Designs,
I have a 44 inch wide dining room table. Picture of my dining room is attached. Is the 9 arm chandelier too big for this area? Or should I go with the 6 arm?
Thank you for your questions about what size chandelier your need. Looking at your Dining Room and the height of the ceiling, we think the 9-Arm Claire Chandelier would be the best choice. So many people “guess” at a chandelier size, and end up with either an overpowering monstrosity or something way too small for the space. There are a few ways to determine what size chandelier you should use. The first is to measure the length and the width of the room, add the two numbers together (say the room is 10 x 14 feet, then you want a chandelier that is no bigger than 24” in diameter (10 + 14 = 24). Another way to determine size, is to measure the width of the table and the chandelier should be between 50 to 75% the width of the table. As far as how low to hang it, the chandelier, it should be between 30 to 32 inches above the table.
Because the width of your dining room table is 44” wide – your chandelier should be between 22” to 33” in diameter. This means that either Claire Chandelier will fit (6-Arm is 26 ∏” diameter and the 9-arm is 30 ∏” in diameter). Another dilemma you think… but we chose the larger 9 Arm Claire because the ceiling is much higher than the standard 8 feet. So the 9- Arm has two rows of candles making it a more substantial chandelier visually. We do hope that you understand why we made that choice. If all of this seems a bit complicated, you can go onto Style Studio – How To’s/How To Select the Right Size Chandelier and find additional information. If we can answer any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Send us a picture of your new Claire Chandelier and we will post it on Style Studio Customer Homes.
The Style Studio Team