How High Should I Hang My Pendant Lights?

How High Should I Hang My Pendant Lights?

When chatting with clients about their space, this is one of the most common questions asked. You're not alone. If you have found this blog, I am guessing you don't do this everyday. It can be hard to know the exact spacing and height requirements most suited to your space.

The Basics of Pendant Hanging Height for Countertops

Basics first. Generally speaking, with a standard, 36 in. tall countertop, you should hang your pendant lights approximately 30-40 in. above the surface. This allows for room for you to work underneath the lighting comfortably, without them distracting from your field of vision, and still providing adequate light to the task at hand.

These guidelines are general, so I would start by assuming the average pendant light is hung where the bottom of the light measures 36 in. above the countertop.  From there, if you or someone in your household is exceptionally tall, and your space has very high ceilings, then 42 in. from the countertop to the bottom of the shade may be the perfect height.  If you a shorter person with a space with low ceilings, then 29 in. may be a great height for your pendants to make the room feel taller.

The Basics of Pendant Hanging Height for Tables

Determining the right height for tabletops is a bit different than at the kitchen counter. If you won't be standing to work at a table, then it is more traditional to hang pendants anywhere from 28-36 in. from the bottom of the shade to the top of the table. The closer light allows you a more illuminated gathering space to share meals and communicate around a cozy centerpiece.

Take a minute to sit at the table, look at someone across from you, and see where you think the height is best suited for your space. Get creative. Break out some string, paper, and tape to model the lights before you have them installed. Adjust your plans as you see fit. You might prefer something quite high so you can see the people across from your kitchen island, chatting while you prepare food without the lights obstructing your view. Conversely, maybe you like the look of a dining room chandelier that comes closer to 26" above the table, making your space feel intimate and warm for that Hygge feeling we love in Minnesota. Do you have super high ceilings? No problem! You can configure any Bicycle Glass Pendant Light to have longer cord. Find the perfect fit here. 

It's About You.

Remember that your pendants serve you and the space you are making uniquely yours. Take into consideration anything that might affect the quality of your life, your household, and your guests. Consider how these pendants can best be used to increase the enjoyment of your living space, improve your quality of life, and make for a more beautiful, harmonious home.