What size should my ceiling fan be?

What size ceiling fan do I need?

The size of your ceiling fan is important for looks, performance and safety.  

A common mistake to be aware of when searching for the right ceiling fan for your space is the very fact that the actual size of the fan is not what you need to consider. The main factor the take into consideration is the power of it's airflow, otherwise know as CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute). A fan that has a 60" diameter but gives off an airflow of 3500 CFM is very inefficient for it's size will not have the desired effect in a large room. It is true that usually the larger the fan the higher the CFM but there are a few other factors that effect it as well, such as RPM (number of Rotations Per Minute), Blade Pitch, number of blades and distance of blades from the ceiling.

As such we have provided a chart below based not on fan size but on CFM.

Room Size


Small Space (100 - 200 sq. ft)

2000 - 3000

Standard Bedroom, Kitchen etc. (200 – 300 sq. ft.

3000 - 4000

Large Bedroom, Living Room etc. (300 – 450 sq. ft.)

4000 - 6000

Very Large Spaces (450 sq. ft. and up)

5000 - 9000


Ceiling fan height 

For a ceiling that is lower then 7.5 feet, for safety reasons you'l need to get a hugger/flushmount fan.

As a general rule, for the strongest air flow, your ceiling fan should hang not more than 8 or 9 feet from the floor. For high or vaulted ceilings, purchase a downrod that will bring the fan down to the right height and make sure the fan has a long enough pull chain or comes with a wall switch or remote control

If you don't need a hugger fan we do not recommend it because the air flow is usually not very strong being that it's so close to the ceiling



1 Response


July 11, 2016

Thanks for this article, it was really helpful!

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