How To Size Your Ceiling Fan

It’s summertime, you’ve got the air conditioning cranked, but it just can’t seem to keep up. What do you do? Invest in a ceiling fan! Not only will they start to circulate your cool air to provide fuller coverage for the summer, but they can even save energy in the winter if you reverse the way the blades spin.

Light Palace is here to help keep you cool this summer and start saving you money on your energy bills. Each room is different, and today we’ll look at the ways you can tell what size your ceiling fan should be. We have a huge selection of fans for any design style, so we can match the look of your home with ease. Visit our showroom in Omaha or shop online today to explore all of our available ceiling fans!


Determine Blade Span

The most important thing you will need when choosing a ceiling fan is to determine the span of the blades. To do this, you’ll need to know the square footage of the room you are placing the fan in. Here is our recommended blade span guide based on various room sizes:

  • Less than 75 square feet: 29-36 inch span
  • 76 to 144 square feet: 36-44 inch span
  • 144 to 225 square feet: 44-54 inch span
  • 225 to 400 square feet: 50-72 inch span
  • More than 400 square feet: multiple fans with 54-72 inch span

To determine the blade span for fans with an even number of blades, you simply measure the distance between opposing blades. If your fan has an odd number of blades, measure the distance from the center of the fan to one blade tip and multiply that number by two.

Determine How High To Hang The Fan

Once you have your ceiling fan picked out and it is the right blade span to fit your room, you’ll need to figure out how high you should hang it. Too high and you won’t feel the benefits of the cool air it’s blowing. Too low and you risk smacking into it. Ideally, you want to have at least seven feet of clearance between the fan blades and the floor. You also should keep at least 18 inches between the blades and the closest wall. If your ceiling is sloped, don’t worry! You can use a sloped mount with a downrod to easily attach your fan.

Determine The Size Of Downrod You Need

Since you need at least seven feet of clearance, you’ll need to choose the right size downrod for your space. If your ceiling is eight feet or less, you should consider a flush mount or low-profile ceiling fan that will keep it as close to the ceiling as possible. For other size ceilings, use this guide:

  • 9 foot ceiling: 3 or 6 inch rod
  • 10 foot ceiling: 12 inch rod
  • 11 foot ceiling: 18 inch rod
  • 12 foot ceiling: 24 inch rod
  • 13 foot ceiling: 36 inch rod

For each foot after 13 feet, you will need to extend the rod that same distance, otherwise the fan will be hanging too high.

Find A Fan Today

When you’re ready to add a new ceiling fan to your home, you can count on The Light Palace! We have been serving Omaha and the surrounding areas for many years and we are here to help you find what you need. Visit our online store today to have your fixtures shipped directly to your home or come visit our showroom to see our fans in action and get help from our staff. We have a huge selection and various styles of fans, downrods, and other accessories to explore!