4 steps to choose a ceiling fan

With such a huge range of ceiling fans to choose from in the market, shopping for fans can become quite a daunting task.


Here’s a quick 4-step guide to help you narrow down your choices and pick the right ceiling fan for your home quickly.


Step 1: Location

First of all, where will the ceiling fan be placed? Do you need an indoor fan or an outdoor fan or a coastal fan?


Indoor fans are suited for rooms or spaces within your home, such as the bedroom, living area, or study. With so many styles and designs available, you can use your ceiling fan to make a bold statement and to complement your decor. Whether you are going for a classic, modern, country or industrial look, there is a ceiling fan that will fit your interior design.


If you need a fan for your yard, alfresco area or any outdoor setting, be sure to pick an outdoor ceiling fan. These outdoor fans are usually slightly bigger than normal indoor fans, and will keep you and your family nice and cool outside. Our 56” Trinity ceiling fan or the XL Eagle are among some of the great options.


We also stock a range of coastal fans, that are specially designed to withstand the weather conditions. These fans can sustain salt air, salt spray or high humid temperatures with lots of moisture. They also come with rust proof aluminium housing, stainless steel screws, and UV resistant blades. The Maribel ceiling fan is IP44 rated, wet listed and able to stand up to mother nature’s worst. If you live very near the beach or coast, go for the Aqua ceiling fan. With an IP66 rating - the highest on the market - the Aqua offers unrivaled water protection and is powered by an extremely efficient DC motor.


You should also remember that, while outdoor fans can take wet and damp environments, they should not be intentionally exposed to water. Outdoor fans are usually only recommended for alfresco or undercover areas.


Step 2: Size

The next thing to consider is the size of the room. Aesthetically, a big room with a small fan may look unbalanced, while a big ceiling fan in a small room might make the room look crammed up. Functionally, a large room needs a larger fan or perhaps two small fans for optimal air flow.


The general guide is:

  • Small to medium rooms (4m x 5m or less) – 122cm fan
  • Large rooms (6m x 6m or more) – 132cm fan or above


For example, large spaces like the living, family or master bedrooms may need a ceiling fan with an overall diameter of 130cm or larger. For other small to medium rooms such as kitchens or kids’ bedrooms, fans that are 120cm or less should be sufficient.


What about ceiling height? The basic rule is to ensure the bottom of the fan be at least seven feet off the floor. If you have a high ceiling, you can use extension rods to lower the fan so that you achieve the right height.


Step 3: Style

Do you like modern, traditional, or architectural styles?


Modern ceiling fans are perfect for contemporary homes and apartments that go for sleek, minimalist designs, such as the Noosa, or the Azure.


For those who prefer something more timeless and elegant, you should consider classic or traditional ceiling fans, such as the Hunter Low Profile III Ceiling Fan and the Savoy Ceiling Fan.


Architectural ceiling fans are sleek and modern designed, with slim profiles. These energy efficient models make great statement pieces, and will accentuate any living space. If this sounds like a good option for you, try the Eagle XL, the Irene 3 Hugger, or the School House Rubbed Bronze and Maple Blades.


Step 4: Colour

Most ceiling fans come in multiple colours, materials and finishes, and generally, you’ll get to choose from black, white, steel, bronze/brass, and wooden. Some fans, such as the Spitfire 2 Timber Ceiling Fan, allow you to mix and match blades and motors too!


Some considerations to keep in mind when choosing materials and finishes:

  • Ceiling fans with metal blades tend to generate a slightly high level of noise, and may not be ideal for bedrooms. They are, however, more powerful and can provide stronger airflow, and will be ideal for larger areas, places with higher than normal ceilings, or outdoors.
  • Fans with timber blades are much quieter than metal blades, and are therefore recommended for bedrooms and other spaces that require a level of quietness.

With these four steps in mind, you should be able to pick the right fan for your room! For more assistance, use our Fan Selector to narrow down your choices, or drop by any of our stores.