There main factor that will determine what size fan to buy for your bedroom is:
- The size of your room
Let’s start by defining fan sizes.
- small fan = about 30-inch diameter
- medium fan = about 42-inch diameter
- large fan = about 52 inch diameter
- extra large fan = larger than 56 inches
For TINY rooms – smaller than 10 feet x 10 feet
This includes walk-in closets, bathrooms, and small kitchens.
A 30-inch fan is usually sufficient. Obviously, bathrooms and kitchens come in a wide variety of sizes, so the best size fan for your room may not be 30-inches. A kitchen is an EXCELLENT room for a fan because of the heat that can be generated from cooking. When selecting a fan for your kitchen, be sure to measure how far your cabinet doors swing open. Opening a cabinet door into your moving fan is NOT a fun experience.
For SMALL rooms – bedrooms that are LESS THAN 12 feet x 12 feet
Get a medium-size fan, approximately 42 inches in diameter.
For LARGE rooms – at least 12×12, as large as 18×18
Get a large fan, approximately 52 inches in diameter. Most master bedrooms fall into this category, along with many living rooms and dining rooms
Rooms that are larger than 18×18
Great rooms, very large living rooms, etc. Start shopping for a fan that is at least 56 inches in diameter.
What if my room is rectangular and doesn’t fit the sizes you described?
This is a common situation. Many homes have long, rectangular living rooms, or their kitchen, dining room, and living room form one large continuous space. In this situation, you may need to split up your large room into 2 or 3 smaller sections and install multiple fans to keep cool.
- 30-inch fan for 8×8 rooms
- bigger than 8×8, up to 12×12 rooms get a 42-inch fan
- 12×12 or larger, get a 52-inch fan
- 18×18 or larger, get a 56-inch or larger fan
- odd sized room: subdivide it and see if multiple fans will work better
Quick answer: Install your fan so that the blades are 8′-9′ from the floor.
Long answer: Most ceiling fans come with a short downrod (about 3-4 inches in length). Most ceilings are 8 feet high. When you hang a “normal” ceiling fan with a 3 or 4 inch downrod from a ceiling that is 8 feet high, the fan blades will be 7 feet from the floor.
If your ceiling falls somewhere in between the listed heights, try to find a pole that is in between the recommended lengths. Example: on a 10.5 foot high ceiling, see if your fan supplier can get you an 18-inch downrod
Lower than 7′ 6″
Don’t get a ceiling fan. U.S. building codes require the fan blades of any ceiling fan to be at least 7 feet above the floor. If your ceiling is LOWER THAN 7′ 6″, you will not be able to find a ceiling fan that will meet the 7′ clearance requirement.
Between 7’6″ and 8 feet
Get a Hugger, Snugger, or Low Profile fan. Most ceiling fans take up 10″-12″ of space. Low Profile fans mount directly to the ceiling without using a downrod. This reduces space, but usually sacrifices some airflow.
8 foot ceiling
Use the downrod that came with your fan (about 3 or 4 inches long). The fan blades will be 7 feet from the floor.
9 foot ceiling
Use the downrod that came with your fan (about 3 or 4 inches long). The fan blades will be about 8 feet from the floor.
10 foot ceiling
Use a 12-inch downrod. The fan blades will be about 8 1/2 feet above the floor.
Use a 24-inch downrod. The fan blades will be about 8 1/2 feet above the floor.
Use a 36-inch downrod. The fan blades will be about 8 1/2 feet above the floor.
Use a 48-inch downrod. The fan blades will be about 8 1/2 feet above the floor.
Use a 60-inch downrod. The fan blades will be about 8 1/2 feet above the floor.
Use a 72-inch downrod. The fan blades will be about 8 1/2 feet above the floor.
16 feet or higher
Most manufacturers do NOT make downrods longer than 72 inches. Some manufacturers make a coupler to join 2 downrods together. If a coupler is NOT available for your fan, you will have to fabricate a longer downrod to accommodate your high ceiling.
It is possible to use a 72-inch pole on a 16-foot high ceiling, but your fan will be 10 1/2 feet from the floor. A cheap fan may not be strong enough to cool you and your entire room if it is that far from the floor.
A research report made news earlier this week, when it found that over 10% of people that recently purchase a vehicle did NOT take a test drive.
The Maritz Research study surveyed 80,219 buyers of 2012 model-year vehicles and discovered that 11.4 percent — more than one in 10 — didn’t take a test drive.
For most people, the only thing that you will spend more money on than your car is a home. It seems odd to us that over 10% of recent car buyers are willing to make such a large purchase and rely solely on their Internet research and chose NOT to take a brief test drive.
Are you the type of person that would buy a car without test-driving it? Are you the type of person that would buy a ceiling fan without feeling how well it performs? Most of our customers purchase a ceiling fan to keep their home cool. How will you know if a ceiling is strong if you don’t feel it before you buy it?
Come into The Fan Shop and speak with one of our experienced sales staff. Feel the difference between a high-quality 5-star fan and a cheap 1-star fan. We promise that the results will blow you away!