Why We Love Large Ceiling Fans
Big spaces need large ceiling fans if you want to get any real sense of air movement and these big fans can take care of that. If you want to be counted as a large ceiling fan, you will need a blade span (diameter) of at least 52 inches (over 4 feet) or more. Truly large ceiling fan designs get into the 6-foot and even 7-foot range and that means all the more refreshing air circulation for everyone. Whether in a great room, an oversized living room, or a large industrial space, this selection of ceiling fans will suit your needs.
A Large Ceiling Fan for Every Room & Application
Large and tall rooms like the living room or great room will benefit most from this style of ceiling fan. A ceiling size of 15 feet by 15 feet is a good place to start, especially for ceilings 10 feet high or higher. However, this is not to say a standard 8-foot ceiling won't benefit from the use of a large ceiling fan, as there are options that can easily accommodate that height. With advanced efficiency technology, choosing to use a big ceiling fan on a standard 8-foot ceiling will not consume more energy than a traditional fan. Outside of the home, deck and patio spaces are also perfect for large outdoor ceiling fans like the Minka Aire Slipstream or the expansive Fanimation Odyn. Either of these large fan options allows you to tame a sweltering day with your own ready-made breeze. And in warehouses, gymnasiums, restaurants or other commercial locations with high ceilings, you will love the airflow provided by these large ceiling fans.
A Large Ceiling Fan for Every Style
Whether used as a great room ceiling fan or a fan to move a lot of air on the patio, you are guaranteed to find a design that fits your needs and aesthetics. Sleek, modern designs from Minka Aire fit well in contemporary living rooms and great rooms, while Kichler fans fit spaces with more traditional and transitional elements of decoration. Using a combination of bronze and brushed nickel finishes, Kichler fans work well in a transitional living room or great room. Outside, under covered decks, patios and gazebos, look to a damp or wet rated large fan from Emerson Fans. Just be sure the fan is UL listed for locations where the presence of water is unavoidable. And if you love energy efficiency in your home, look to any of the large fan options that are powered with a DC motor or those that use an integrated LED light kit. Large ceiling fans with lights like an integrated LED kit will allow you to successfully accomplish two tasks at once - keeping your rooms cool and well-illuminated. Finally, find a huge helicopter-style fan with any of the options from Big Ass Fans.
How to Choose the Best Large Ceiling Fan
Size matters when it comes to choosing a ceiling fan and this selection of oversized ceiling fans makes understanding fan sizes especially important. To choose the best ceiling fan for your large room, you will want to review the fan's blade span (typically expressed as a diameter), its mounting type and the measurements of your room.
Large Ceiling Fan Sizes
Most big ceiling fan options are available with blade spans ranging from 60" all the way to a massive 99" option. If you are opting for a large fan for your home, it's critical that you understand exactly how big of a fan your room can accommodate. Ceiling fan size is measured from the end of one blade to the end of the opposite blade, giving you a diameter in inches. Standard ceiling fan sizes range between 44" and 52", making anything 60" or larger a big deal.
Before beginning your search for a new ceiling fan, pull out the measuring tape and gather the dimensions of your space. Assuming you'll be installing a large fan on a ceiling that is higher than 8 feet, you'll have a few different mounting options available to you:
Most large blade ceiling fans include a downrod extension that allows the fan to hang far from the base of the ceiling. For rooms with tall and vaulted ceilings, a downrod with your big ceiling fan is a must-have.
Although big ceiling fans require room to stretch out and expand their blades, they can still be mounted relatively close to the base of the ceiling. This style of large flush mount ceiling fan either hugs the fan or includes a short downrod of 3 to 4 inches in length. For some living rooms and master bedrooms in need of a big fan, this is your go-to choice.
With a blade span and mounting style in mind, you're ready to refine your options by colors, finishes and the special features you prefer in a ceiling fan. Take note of the fan's airflow efficiency metrics and consider fans with remote control for added convenience. If you have any questions about the large fans featured here, please call our ceiling fan experts at 877.445.4486.
If your outdoor space isn't quite large enough to fit a ceiling fan with a 7-foot blade span, there are plenty of more petite options included in the assortment of outdoor ceiling fans. Outdoor ceiling fans are also damp or wet-rated, ensuring safe use where the presence of water is inevitable. On the opposite side of the size spectrum, you may prefer small ceiling fans for home offices, bedrooms and breakfast nooks. And consider pairing any fan you choose with floor and table lamps to layer the level of lighting available in the room. Or, if you have too much light in any given room, opt for a ceiling fan without light.