What height should I install my pendants at?

September 15, 2018

If you are like many people you've looked and looked and looked and finally found the perfect pendant light for your space.  Everything was right about it and you pulled the trigger and now finally you unpack it and start to install it and a question so basic and mundane now needs to be answered immediately and you haven't given it the slightest thought.  

How high should I hang this thing?  

If you are like many people you might wonder if there are any hard and fast rules about this. 

The short answer is no, but there is a very simple and pragmatic place to start.

It's About the People 

Who is going to use this space regularly? What would be a good height to hang it at that they would not hit their head on it or not be able to look across the room without craning their neck to look around the pendant light?

After you find the answers to these questiosn, you can set the height of the lights there leaving some extra length of cord so that you can make minor adjustments from there.  You will know immediately if the height is off or if there are other considerations that you need to take into account, but this usually gives a great starting point for the conversation and usually with a few quips of conversation and some horse trading back and forth, the lights generally seem to find the right height from there.  

Now for the Standard Recommendations

So as far as the standard and generally accepted rules of the road here.  A good place to start depends on where you are hanging the pendants.

Over an Island or Countertop:

You'll need some headroom here since you'll be standing at this work surface preparing meals etc.  A good place to start is 30 - 40" above the height of the work surface to the bottom edge of the glass on the pendant light.

Over a Table Top

For over a table, you don't need quite as much height here.  A general guide here would be to hang your pendant lights between 28" - 32" above the table surface to the bottom edge of the glass on the pendant light.

Need Help?

It's very common for people to call us and ask questions.  That's why we're here.  Feel free to reach out to us at 1-833-245-4448 and we will be happy to talk about your unique space with you.