How to choose a ceiling fan size

As you replace a ceiling fan or choose a ceiling fan for your room redesign, you might be asking “How big of a ceiling fan do I need?” We have the answers!

Home renovations and redesigns often mean choosing new flooring, new paint colors, new light fixtures, and new ceiling fans. It’s not as simple as picking what you like; you also need to make sure it fits your budget and your space. How do you plan to use your kitchen countertops? How big of a ceiling fan do you need?

It helps to know how ceiling fans work. The general rule to keep in mind is that they cool people not rooms. Fans rotate counterclockwise to push cool air downwards, which evaporates precipitation on your skin to create a “wind chill effect.” (In the winter, change the ceiling fan direction to help push warm air trapped near the ceiling back down.)

Knowing this, here are some simple guidelines to follow for how to choose the right size ceiling fan.

Ceiling fans for small rooms

Small rooms like laundry rooms, fitness rooms, and home offices need a small ceiling fan. A small ceiling fan size is between 32-inches and 48-inches.

Small fans are also a great option for tiny homes looking for a stylish way to keep their home cool and energy efficient. A small ceiling fan with light also helps add light to smaller spaces that don’t have a recessed lighting plan incorporated.

Hunter Loki small white ceiling fan in modern farmhouse laundry room with shiplap

Ceiling fans for large room

Large rooms like bedrooms, kitchens, and living rooms need a large ceiling fan. Large ceiling fan size ranges from 48-inches to 54-inches.

Large rooms benefit from Hunter’s SureSpeed™ Guarentee fans. Our SureSpeed fans deliver 20% higher airflow velocity than the leading competitors. If you buy a SureSpeed fan for your large room, you’ll know you’re receiving the airflow you expect, especially when you put your fan on high speed.

Hunter nursery ceiling fan with light and smart home technology

Ceiling fans for great rooms and open concept rooms

For open concept living rooms or lofts with lots of open space, a great room ceiling fan is what you’re looking for. These large ceiling fans are 56-inches and bigger.

The larger blade span helps circulate cool air to people in larger, open concept rooms. (However, an HVLS fan is going to be too big of an option: These industrial fans are designed for large buildings like factories and warehouses.)

Hunter large ceiling fan size in modern industrial game room

Ceiling fans for low ceilings

For ceilings that are 9-feet or lower, you’ll need a low-profile ceiling fan. These fans are designed and engineered to hug close to the ceiling to provide ample headspace while still delivering powerful airflow.

Our ultra-low-profile ceiling fans like the Minimus and Advocate are specially designed with a compact 10.5-inch ultra-low-profile design to fit tightly to ceilings in rooms with 8 foot high ceilings and without sacrificing design or performance.

Ceiling fans for high and vaulted ceilings

For efficient airflow in your space, your ceiling fan needs to hang between 8 feet and 9 feet above the ground.

f you have a room with ceilings higher than 9-feet, you’ll likely need an extension downrod. We have a handy downrod guide to show you which size extension downrod you need based on your ceiling height.

How to know what size Hunter ceiling fan downrod you need

If you have a vaulted or sloped ceiling that is greater than a 34-degree angle, you’ll need an angled ceiling mount as well as an extension downrod. The angled ceiling mount replaces the canopy that comes with your ceiling fan.

Hunter Pendleton Canyonlands silver modern ceiling fan in Southwestern living room

Need more help choosing the right size ceiling fan for your space? We have you covered in our three-part buying guide series. It walks you through how to buy a ceiling fan, from choosing the right size to the right accessories.