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December 13, 2010

Chandeliers, End Tables, Lamps, etc.: How High?

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Written by: Donna Dazzo
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How high should a picture be hung?

How low should a chandelier hang over a dining room table?

What’s the appropriate height for an end table?

Here are some useful guidelines:

photo 1Hanging Pictures – generally, pictures should be hung at eye level, but whose eye level? Hang it so that the center is at 5’8″ to 5’10”.  But it should relate to the height of the furniture (and the objects on it) and not be hung too high. Also, the width of a piece of art or group of art should be a minimum of 2/3 the length of the piece of furniture it is hanging over.  If hanging two or more pictures next to each other, the ideal spacing is 3 to 4 inches between them but no more than 8 inches. photo2


Dining Table  Chandelier – the bottom of the chandelier should be 30 to 36 inches from the tabletop.chandelier2



coffee table 1Cocktail/Coffee Table -should be 2/3 to 3/4 the size of the couch or loveseat they are in front of and should be placed 12 to 16 inches from the edge of the seat to allow for table 2




end tables

End Tables - for comfort (and so not to knock things over), the height of an end table next to a sofa or chair should be within 3 inches of the height of the arm of the sofa or chair.



table lamps

Table Lamps - the bottom of the shade should be within 2 to 4 inches of your eye level.


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About the Author

Donna Dazzo
Donna Dazzo
President of Designed to Appeal, LLC, design work and staging skills have recently been featured in The New York Times, Hamptons Magazine, Dan’s Papers, LINewsday, Vox Hamptons Magazine and on TV’s NY1 News and “Getting Your Money’s Worth” and on WFUV-FM (90.7 in NYC). Donna is an HSR Certified Professional Home Stager and Redesigner and a Staging Diva graduate. She has studied Interior Space Planning at the Parsons School of Design in New York City and has her MBA from Fordham University.

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