Stairways and staircases are often neglected when choosing interior lighting, but we’d argue they are one of the most essential areas of the home to light—and can easily be one of the most dramatic. Two of the most critical considerations when choosing staircase lighting are the size and weight of the fixture. If it’s too large, it may upstage other aspects of your home’s design. Too small, and it may not provide enough light. Weight can also be an issue, depending on where you intend to hang the fixture.

Today, we’ll discuss choosing lighting fixtures for your stairways and guide you in determining the right size and dimensions for your space.

Determining the Height of Staircase Chandeliers

If you have high ceilings in your staircase foyer, it’s an excellent place to hang a chandelier. The higher your clearance, the greater the length you can choose. Designers use this basic calculation to determine the ideal length for a staircase lighting fixture:

Ideal Fixture Length Calculation

Ceiling height in feet x 2.5 - 3 inches = your fixture’s ideal length (in inches).

For example:

  • 12-foot ceiling: 12 x 2.5 = 30”; 12 x 3 = 36”
  • 20-foot ceiling: 20 x 2.5 = 50”; 20 x 3 = 60”

Some other points to think about regarding height and clearance, based on suggestions by interior designers:

  • If your staircase rises two floors, the fixture should not hang below the second floor.
  • The bottom of the fixture should clear any table or object beneath it by at least 30”.

Calculating the Diameter of Staircase Chandeliers

Getting the diameter right for your staircase fixture is equally as important as its height. It will make the foyer and stairwell look small if it’s too big for the space. If the fixture is too small, it may not light up the area adequately or be aesthetically balanced.

Diameter Calculation Methods

Method 1: Measure the length of the stairway, the width of the foyer, and the ceiling height (in feet). Add all these numbers together to arrive at your diameter in inches.

For example: 15’ stairway + 12’ foyer + 18’ ceilings = 45” diameter.

Method 2: Measure the length and width of the stairway in feet. Add the numbers together to arrive at your diameter in inches.

Example: 15’ stairway + 10’ width = 25” diameter.

Determine Your Ceiling’s Load Capacity

The last step before choosing a fixture is to check your ceiling’s load capacity. You might need to consult with a contractor to learn this, but it’s vital to do so before you buy. Standard ceiling electrical boxes are generally rated for 35-50 pounds and unsuitable for heavy fixtures.

Depending on the fixture you choose vs. the load capacity, you may need to replace the box with something that can handle the weight.

Choosing a Staircase Chandelier

A staircase chandelier can be both practical and stylish. Just because it’s functional doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful! Your stairway fixture can be a focal point, or it can be quite subtle and understated. Choose a fixture that blends well with your décor, and don’t be shy about making a statement.

Stunning Chandelier Options from Metavaya

Let’s explore some exquisite chandelier options from Metavaya that are perfect for your staircase:

1. Flying Flowers Fluttering Chandelier

This chandelier is a work of art with delicate flowers seemingly fluttering in mid-air. It’s perfect for adding a touch of whimsy and elegance to a spiral staircase, creating a focal point that will captivate every guest.

2. Gingko Chandelier Q

The Gingko Chandelier Q features a design inspired by the beautiful ginkgo leaves. Its organic form and soft lighting make it ideal for spaces aiming for a natural, serene ambiance.

3. Leo Bubble Chandelier

This chandelier is composed of various sized glass bubbles, offering a playful yet sophisticated look. It’s a versatile piece that works well in both modern and transitional interiors.

4. Harvest Chandelier

The Harvest Chandelier boasts a design reminiscent of bountiful harvests, with elements that evoke a sense of nature and abundance. It’s perfect for rustic or farmhouse-style interiors.

5. Gwen Pendant Light

For a minimalist yet striking option, consider the Gwen Pendant Light. Its sleek design and warm glow make it a great addition to contemporary staircases.

6. Luxury Diamond Crystal Chandelier

This chandelier exudes opulence with its diamond-like crystals. It’s an excellent choice for adding a touch of luxury and glamour to your space.

7. Villa Forci Chandelier

The Villa Forci Chandelier combines classic design with modern elegance. It’s a versatile piece that complements a wide range of interior styles.

8. Ball Crystal Pendant Light

This pendant light features crystal balls that create a dazzling display of light. It’s perfect for creating a sophisticated and enchanting atmosphere.

9. Allure Suspension Lamp

The Allure Suspension Lamp is designed to captivate with its sleek lines and modern appeal. It’s a perfect choice for contemporary spaces looking for a statement piece.


Selecting the right chandelier for your spiral staircase involves careful consideration of size, style, and lighting needs. Metavaya offers a range of stunning chandeliers that cater to various tastes and interior designs. Whether you’re looking for something whimsical, luxurious, or minimalist, you’ll find the perfect piece to illuminate and elevate your staircase space.

Illuminate your staircase with style and sophistication—explore Metavaya's chandelier collection today!