A guide to choose the right stairs chandelier

The stairs area is one of the most important and one of the most observing areas in a home. Good lighting is one of the best ways to make sure your staircase makes a never-forgotten impression on your visitors. A stair chandelier not only lights up the stairs with decorative style but it can be quite tricky to choose the right diameter and height for a stair chandelier.

Interior designers or home decorators have their own tricks for choosing the right chandelier diameter, height, and wattage for illumination that is in proportion to the area of the stair foyer. One point we always have to remember, that a stair chandelier should generally hang in the exact center of the area of the foyer.



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The Height of the Chandelier

If your stairwell has a good Hight from the base then, it might be the perfect place to hang a chandelier. The selection of the right length from the ceiling is a very crucial part of a stair chandelier.

For a double-height stairwell, the chandelier shouldn’t hang below the second floor. For example, if there are two floors of 10 feet standard height then the length of the chandelier should be equal to the average height of one floor that is 10 feet only.

If there is any table or any sculpture below the stair chandelier then the gap between the chandelier's lower part and the item should not decrease lower than 30 inches.

If it is harder to measure the height for your stairwell then go with the basic rule which is, the average distance between the chandelier and the floor should not be less than 7-8 feet.


For those who believe that mathematical calculation is the best way to calculate the height of the chandeliers properly, there is one more rule that exists which is-


Step 1: Calculate the height of your ceiling in feet Step 2: Multiply the height of the ceiling by 2.5 or 3 inches to determine your ideal height for the chandelier.

If the height of the chandelier is 20 feet, then

Step 1: 20-foot ceilings Step 4: 20 x 2.5 = 50, and 20 x 3 = 60.

50 inches to 60 inches is our ideal fixture height.


As another example, if your foyer is of 10’ ceilings, your calculations would be:

Step 1: 14-foot ceilings Step 2: 14 x 2.5 = 35, and 14 x 3 = 42.

35” - 42” is our ideal fixture height.