Looking for a custom chandelier or custom lighting?
Here are some tips when considering a custom chandelier:
Determine the Spatial Dimension of the Space: Measure the Height, Length and Width of the room in which the chandelier will be placed. If the chandelier will be placed above a table, counter, island or area that people do not walk around, measure the Height and Length of this area as well.
- Calculate the Chandeliers Height: If the space is over a dining room table, continue with your measurements. If in an open area is less than or equal to 84 inches high…stop! Consider alternate sources of lighting such as sconces, a wall lamp, desk lamp, table lamp or other type of lighting.
- If the lighting is to hang in a foyer or entryway and there is a window present, the lighting design should take into account the visibility of the chandelier from the window. A good design will enhance the space providing balance and symmetry to the area with maximum visibility.
- The overall height of the chandelier includes the chandelier from the top to the bottom including all hardware used to hang the chandelier.
- Design of the chandelier includes the focal point of the chandelier without the necessary hardware to hang the chandelier. However, custom hardware can be included in the main design and compliment the overall aesthetics of the lighting.
- Sizing a chandelier to be placed over a table or stationary area in a room with a height of 84 inches, it is best that the bottom point of the chandelier hang 30 inches above the stationary area. For every 12 inches of additional height of the room above 84 inches, add 3 inches to the measurement between the tabletop and the bottom point of the chandelier.
If you want to do the math and are comfortable with basic algebra the formula looks like this:
Hr – Ht – (30” + x) = OAHc
Hr = Height of the Room
Ht = Height of Table
X = 3” for every 12” of Hr above 84”, OAHc = Overall Height of the Chandelier
Now it’s time to Calculate Chandelier’s Width
- If the space measured is not a dining room, add the Length and Width measurement in feet. The Sum will be the measurement of the Width of the chandelier in inches. If a room is 12 feet long by 20 feet wide, the chandelier ‘s width will be 32 inches wide.
Lr + Wr = Wc
Lr = Length of Room in feet
Wr = Width of Room in feet
Wc = Width of Chandelier, Interpreted as inches
When sizing a chandelier to hang over a table, island, countertop or stationery area, ½ the length of the area is perfect width of the chandelier.
Chandeliers are not always the best option. In these situations, wall sconces or a floor lamp might better serve the purpose. Regardless, custom lighting can be yours, created to meet your design needs and room requirements. Noble Forge works with all types of metal: Bronze, Brass, Iron and Steel. Our artisan craftsmen work with design professionals and art collectors to create stunning custom lighting as well as other pieces.
We hope if you are shopping for custom lighting or just needed more information about chandeliers, you found this article helpful.