Hello, I am thinking of buying a chandelier for my dining room and
have found my 'dream' chandelier at an auction in Virginia (far
away). However, this chandelier happens to be a bit bigger than what
I'm accustomed to and wanted to get your advice as to whether I
should go for it or not.
My dining room is 12' 8" x 13' 5" with 8' 8" ceilings and the
chandelier is a sort of chunky brass thing 30" tall by 32" diameter -
Chapman Brass Chandelier in the Chippendale taste, electrified, with
six scroll arm branches and a central turned and paneled column with
a ball pendant. It is not new or shiny and would go well with my
ecclectic / rustic furniture.
My question is: do you think this chandelier would be too big for my
dining room? And might it be too heavy (27 Ib) for the ceiling (old
Any advice would be very appreciated!
Assuming that your table is full size (at least 40" wide) it should be
OKAY. Your opinion is the only one that really matters.
Mine is 27" wide and about 30" tall in a smaller room with 8' ceiling.
Most people buy and install something that is far too small for the room
because the bigger ones cost too much.
I can't see it from here, you may be able to from the attic; the older boxes
MAY BE far more secure and sturdy than more recent ones. In most 60 year
and older installations a scrap of wood was run between the joist and the
metal box was secured to that. Later installs use a metal bracket and the
newest are just plastic boxes nailed to a joist.
BTW, the "proper height" is 30" above the table. A lot of folks hang them
much too high also.
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