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Chandeliers: Hang ‘Em High?

Installing a <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/chandeliers_89.html?linkLoc=topnav" target="_blank">chandelier</a> is definitely harder than screwing in a light bulb, but it’s not a task that should keep you out of the Chandelier Club … if there is such a thing. In fact, the entire process is much easier to navigate if you know beforehand – like now – that you’ll probably need assistance in getting most chandeliers off the ground. Just a few things that make these marvels a challenge are: <strong>Weight</strong>                             <strong>Size</strong>                               <strong>Fragility / Materials</strong>                           <strong>Shape</strong> Then there’s the size of the room and the height of the ceiling, both of which must be taken into account before buying and hanging a chandelier. But, let’s say you’ve already got the fixture and <em>all you need to know is how high you should hang it</em>. With regard to chandelier installation height, these will be your three biggest questions: <ol style="list-style-type: none;"> <li><strong>1.       </strong><strong>Will the chandelier hang over the floor or over a piece of furniture (like a table)?</strong></li> </ol> If your chandelier will hang over empty space, the minimum safe clearance distance for the bottom of the chandelier is 7 feet from the floor – to keep it off of people’s foreheads. For taller ceilings you may want to use a reference point beyond the 7-foot rule. Upper-story windows, additional stories and banisters may provide guidelines, and you should also consider the view from outside and whether you want the chandelier centered and visible from particular windows when approaching the home. If you’re hanging the <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/dining-room-chandeliers_89.html?&amp;option0=optionA=226633|16085~Valu" target="_blank">chandelier over a table</a> in a room with standard 8-foot ceilings, a distance of at least 30 inches from the table top will ensure the fixture is out the way, but still close enough to provide adequate light for dining. <ol style="list-style-type: none;"> <li><strong>2.      </strong><strong>How big is the chandelier, both in height and diameter?  </strong></li> </ol> Generally speaking, the bigger the chandelier the higher up it has to go. If you’re hanging a really big chandelier it stands to reason that you’re hanging it in a really big room or foyer. If so, take into account the other defining lines that are occurring above the 7-foot minimum distance and use them to achieve balance. <ol style="list-style-type: none;"> <li><strong>3.      </strong><strong>How does it look?</strong></li> </ol> Don’t let inexperience get in the way of your gut instinct. If you’ve followed the general rules above you might be surprised to find that your natural eye will take you the rest of the way. <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> invites you to share your chandelier-hanging tips and tricks, and welcomes everyone to browse our selection of thousands of chandeliers.
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