How to Size an Elongated Fixture over a Table

Vintage Chandelier by The Big Chandelier - Atlanta, GA

A customer recently came into the store in a quandary about what size chandelier she should get. There is a rule of thumb that a chandelier should be anywhere from ½ to ¾ the width of your table. This works great for round or even oval chandeliers. But she was looking for an elongated fixture! Linear and elongated fixtures are very popular now. Instead of looking at the width of the table you should be looking at the length of your table when deciding how big of a fixture to get. Elongated fixtures typically are not very wide therefore you don’t have to worry about feeling like you could hit your head on them.. The concern is whether it visually fills the space above the table.

One way to do size an elongated fixture is to split the table into thirds with the middle third being occupied by the chandelier. Getting an elongated chandelier that is 1/3 the length of your table works well for long tables and chandeliers that have a fair amount of weight to them. If something is more light and airy I would say you should go with a fixture that is up to ½ the length of your table.. That leaves you ¼ the length of your table open on either end. In my opinion that is as long as you should go. But, hey, what really matters is do you like the way it looks?