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Ceiling Fans for Bedrooms: What to Consider While You Shop

Your bedroom is your sanctuary; it's where you sleep, relax, and rejuvenate. You take the time to research and invest in things like your mattress, pillows, and anything else needed to ensure it's the coziest and comfiest space in your house. Choosing ceiling fans for bedrooms should be no different.

The right ceiling fan can help you sleep better, add the perfect lighting, and elevate the design of your bedroom. But how do you find the best one for your space? With seemingly endless options out there, we know shopping for the right ceiling fan can be challenging to navigate. That's why we're helping you get started by sharing the top things to consider when purchasing ceiling fans for bedrooms.

Bedroom Ceiling Fan Size

If a fan is too large or too small for your space, it won't be able to properly circulate air in the room, ultimately defeating the purpose of a ceiling fan. An inappropriately sized fan could also impact the overall look and design of the room, so it's important to accurately measure your bedroom to know which fan size you need.

As a general rule of thumb, the length of your ceiling fan blades should be proportionate to the size of your bedroom. Once you know the square footage of your space, you can determine the best blade length for your fan. Use the helpful chart below to find your perfect fit:

Bedroom Size

Ceiling Fan Size

Blade Length

100 sq. ft. or less


18” - 24”

100-324 sq. ft.


44” - 52”

325 sq. ft. or more


60” - 90”

Bedroom and Fan Style

Once you select the size of your bedroom ceiling fan, you can begin to focus on the more creative (and fun!) aspect: its style. Although its primary function is to circulate air, a ceiling fan can act as a design element to enhance or complete your room. There are several factors to consider when choosing a fan, including design, blade material, and finish.

Fan Design

Because there is a wide variety of ceiling fans to consider, it may help to narrow down the design style you want. If your bedroom already has a specific look and feel, you can find a ceiling fan to match. If you're starting fresh, your ceiling fan can act as the initial inspiration. Some of the most popular ceiling fan styles are:

If you can't quite find the perfect style for your bedroom in an off-the-shelf model, put your creativity to work and design your own ceiling fan.

Blade Materials

Just as blade fans come in all shapes and sizes, they come in the form of different materials, including:

  • Wood
  • Plastic
  • Metal
  • Poly Resin
  • Fabric

Of course, the fan style you choose may help dictate the blade material, but you can also select your material first to find or build a fan that's unique to you and your room.

Ceiling Fan Finish

The right ceiling fan finish can put the right finishing touches in your bedroom. There are tons of options to enhance your fan and, ultimately, your space, like:

  • Brass
  • Bronze
  • Oil Rubbed Bronze
  • White
  • Black
  • Brown
  • Aluminum
  • Nickel
  • Brushed Nickel
  • Chrome
  • Copper
  • Driftwood
  • Steel
  • Stainless Steel
  • Satin Steel
  • Galvanized
  • Green

Bedroom Fan Noise Ratings

Noise is a crucial factor when it comes to choosing a ceiling fan — especially in your bedroom. After all, you sleep in there, and a noisy ceiling shouldn't hinder your rest. If you're worried about a noisy fan, consider purchasing one with a direct current (DC) motor versus a traditional alternating current (AC) motor.

In addition to being highly efficient and more powerful, DC motors don't have voltage spikes or change in frequency like AC motors, helping it remain extremely quiet when in operation. DC motors also typically include more features like a higher number of speed settings and electronic reverse.

Lighting for Your Bedroom

Because bedrooms are smaller than most other common spaces, every square inch of floor and surface space counts. Ceiling fans with lights can take the place of lamps and other fixtures to free up valuable real estate with central lighting. Some lighting options for your ceiling fan include:

  • LED light kits: Low-profile lights that are long-lasting and energy-saving. These are particularly great for smaller bedrooms, as they take up very little space.
  • Fluorescent and compact fluorescent lights (CFLs): Another energy-friendly option that also allows you to control the light temperature in your bedroom
  • Standard base bulbs: Several light kits offer this option as a more cost-effective solution

Convenience Options

Once you've curled up in bed, the last thing you want to do is get back up to turn off the light or adjust the fan speed. For this reason, ceiling fans with remotes are a popular option for bedrooms, making it possible to control light and climate without leaving the comfort of your bed.

If you forget to switch your fan direction or don't like the inconvenience of the manual switch, many DC fans have a reverse feature built right into the remote. Meaning, all you have to do is push a button from the comfort of your bed.

Choosing the Right Bedroom Ceiling Fan

You've worked hard to choose the right bed, the right furniture, and the right decor for your bedroom — now it's time to choose the right ceiling fan. The experts at Dan's Fan City can help you find the perfect fit for your unique space and needs. Stop by your nearest location or give us a call to get started today.

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