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How to Position Pendants Perfectly

MItchell Elworthy

Pendant Positioning 101

With the application of lighting playing such an important role in modern interior design it is no surprise that pendant lights have become a prominent and essential component when creating a harmonious atmosphere. 

But how do we achieve this? Of course, style matching is fundamental when choosing your pendant. However, when positioning a pendant there are a few tips and tricks you can use to achieve the best possible position for your space. 

Kitchen - Positioning Pendants over a kitchen Island

As a rough rule of thumb, a pendant light should be positioned 75-80cm apart and 75-80cm above an island bench. This is a generally applied rule when symmetry is in place.

A diagram of the above statement. 3 pendants, evenly spaced, above a kitchen island bench

For example, when space is limited a single offset pendant or two offset pendants positioned next to each other at different heights can still achieve asymmetrical harmony. 

A diagram of 2 pendants above a kitchen island, with measurements, detailing how they are asymmetrical

Hallway - Positioning Pendants in a hallway

With hallways if you have adequate room position the pendant roughly 120cm away from any surrounding walls and roughly 215cm from the floor.

A diagram showing the best positioning for pendants in a hallway

For every additional 1/2 meter of ceiling height above standard ceiling height (2.4) add an additional 6-7cm of height away from the floor.  

a diagram showing more detail of the best position for a pendant in a hallway

For ceilings that are 2 stories in height a single hanging pendant/ chandelier should be positioned no lower than the second floor.

diagram of a single hanging pendant no lower than 2.4m

If the pendant/ chandelier has a cascade effect ensure that it sits no lower than 2.4 from the floor.

Diagram of a cascade pendant explaining the best height for positioning

Dining table - Positioning Pendants over a dinning table 

With standard ceiling height (2.4) a pendant should be hung 80cm from a table.

A diagram showing a pendant light 80cm from a table

For every additional 30cm of ceiling height, hang the pendant 10cm higher. Have the pendant sit no more than 15cm off the edge of the table

A diagram showing a pendant light 90cm from a table

To achieve simple harmony, have the pendant shape mimic the shape of the table below.

A diagram showing a pendant light mimicking the table design below

Bedroom – positioning pendants in a bedroom

With bedrooms pendants being hung either side of the bed has become increasingly popular over the last few years. Pendant lighting  should be positioned central to the bedside table and sit anywhere between 40-55 cm above the tables surface.

a diagram of 2 pendants hanging symmetrical beside a bed

For a centerpiece pendant above a bed the pendant should measure roughly 210cm from the floor.

A diagram of a pendant light positioned in the middle of a bedroom

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