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How high do you hang a chandelier over a Dining Table? How do I figure the size of the chandelier for my dining table?

The general consensus is that a chandelier should hang 5 to 5 1/2 feet off the floor or 30″ above a dining table. Any lower and the chandelier will obstruct sight lines across the table. When it comes to size, figure that the chandelier should measure 1/2 to 2/3 the width of a table. That means a chandelier over a 60″ round table should be between 30-40″ wide.

For a rectangular table, follow the same advice. Many chandeliers are round, so I would use the 1/2 to 2/3 guideline. If the chandelier is oblong, I would make the other dimension no more than half the length of the table. A 44×84 dining table would have a chandelier that is between 22″ and 30″ wide and about 42″ long.

Always wire the dining room for use with a dimmer switch. This way you can adjust the amount of light the chandelier gives off.

How do I figure out the right size dining table for my room?

First you need to know the size of the room. A simple rule of thumb is that there should be three feet from the edge of the table to either a wall or piece of furniture like a sideboard or credenza. Why three feet? To give push back room for a person seated at the table or space to allow someone to pass behind someone seated at the dining table.

Which is better, veneered or solid wood furniture?

There is a common misperception that solid furniture is better than veneered furniture. The truth is that what you want to buy is quality… whether solid or veneered. There is good and bad solid furniture and good and bad veneered furniture. Neither one is better.

Cabinet makers have been making veneered fine furniture for years. Thomas Chippendale made veneered furniture, so did Charles Eames. The finest makers, Armando Rho, Kindel, Karges, Matsuoka, and Theodore Alexander all make veneered furniture. Veneering is used to make things beautiful, not cheap. A finely banded dining table and an occasional table or chest of drawers decorated with marquetry or parquetry can only be achieved with veneers.

Veneering can also stabilize a design. Wood is a natural material that expands and contracts with changes in temperature and humidity. A table made of solid crotch mahogany or of a burl would crack with those changes. Veneer over a stable substrate minimizes expansion.

Are there differences? Sure. The source material for the veneer, a veneer log, can vary both in quality and price. Fine quality veneer logs can cost many thousands of dollars. Thickness of the veneer is also a factor.

We sell both fine solid and veneered furniture @Bograds. We’d be happy to show you both.


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