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How to Pick the Right Ceiling Fan

Choosing a new ceiling fan can be a headache for any homeowner. You need to find something that will go with your decor. Your new fan needs to be the right size for the space it’s going into, and it needs to have the right features so you can enjoy full functionality from it.


It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the range of choices available, by the many sizes and styles of fans on display in any home store. But don’t panic. Choosing a new ceiling fan for your bedroom, living room or porch isn’t as hard as it seems, as long as you know how big your room is and how high your ceilings are. Here’s what you need to do.


Measure Your Room


Before you go to the home store or start shopping for ceiling fans online, you need to know the dimensions of the room in which you’re planning to hang the ceiling fan. If your ceiling fan is too small for your room, you won’t feel a difference in the temperature of the room. If it’s too large, on the other hand, you’ll feel like you’re about to blow away in the stiff breeze it creates.


  • For a small room, like a laundry room or mudroom that is less than 50 square feet, you need to look at small ceiling fans that are 29 inches wide or smaller.

  • A room larger than 50 square feet but smaller than 75 square feet requires a fan that’s about 36 inches wide.

  • A 75- to 100-square-foot room - like a living room - requires a fan of about 42 inches in diameter.

  • A room 100 to 225 square feet needs a fan about 52 inches in diameter.

  • A room larger than 225 square feet requires a fan of about 56 to 80 inches wide – the larger fans should be reserved for rooms larger than 400 square feet.