Ceiling Fan Buying Guide

Deciding which ceiling fan is right for your space is no easy choice. You are probably wondering what size it should be and how low it should hang from the ceiling. You also want to know if the fan comes with a light kit or can be used outdoors. Read on below for the answers to the most commonly asked questions about buying a ceiling fan.

What is the right size ceiling fan for my space?

What size down rod should I use for my ceiling fan?

What features should I look for in a ceiling fan?

The size of your ceiling fan will depend on the size of the room. These guidelines will help you with how to choose the right size ceiling fan.

♦ For small spaces such as breakfast nooks or utility rooms, look for a fan with a blade span of 29″ to 36″. 

♦ In bedrooms, kitchens and dining rooms, the blade span should fall in the 42″ to 48″ range.

♦ For larger rooms like master bedrooms and family rooms, aim for a blade span of 52″ to 56″.

Flush mount and hugger fans should be used for rooms with low ceilings (shorter than 8 ft).

♦ The ideal height from the floor up to the blade is around 8 ft or so.

♦ A 9-foot ceiling should use a 6-inch down rod. For every additional foot, add 6 more inches to the down rod.

♦ Most fans will come with different size down rods so the height can be adjusted based on your ceiling height. Reference the chart at the bottom of this page for suggested down rod sizes.

If you’re looking for a fan with a light, make sure it has a compatible light kit. If you’re shopping for an outdoor ceiling fan, be sure it’s wet-rated to withstand the elements of nature. 

♦ Blade pitch is the angle of the fan’s blade measured in degrees. It influences how much air is moved around by the fan. 

♦ The higher the blade pitch, the more air the fan will move around. 

♦ Look for a fan between 12 and 15 degrees, which is the optimal range for blade pitch. The majority of our fans fall within this range.

- Kate Riley of Centsational Girl

Below are just a few options for ceiling fans for different size spaces. Our options range from small and compact to large and grand. Use the tables at the bottom of the page to determine the right size blade span relative to your room size, as well as the necessary down rod size relative to your ceiling height.

CEILING FANS FOR SMALL SPACES

CEILING FANS FOR MID-SIZE SPACES

CEILING FANS FOR LARGE SPACES

Determining the Right Size Ceiling Fan

BLADE SPAN

29″ to 36″

42″ to 48″

52″ to 56″

60″ +

ROOM SIZE

Up to 75 sq ft

Up to 175 sq ft

Up to 350 sq ft

350+ sq. ft

IDEAL FOR

Bathrooms and breakfast nooks

Bedrooms, kitchens, dining rooms

Master bedrooms, living rooms

Very large family rooms

Determining the Right Size Down Rod

CEILING HEIGHT

8 feet or less

9 foot

10 foot

12 foot

14 foot

16 foot

20 foot

DOWN ROD SIZE

Flush mount / hugger fan

6-inch

12-inch

24-inch

36-inch

48-inch

72-inch

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