Ceiling Fan In The Bedroom: Yay Or Nay?

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So you’re wondering if a ceiling fan in the bedroom is a good idea and you wanna check a selection of expertly picked ceiling fans? Then you’ve come to the right place!

In this article, we will discuss all the pros and cons of a ceiling fan in the bedroom, as well as check out some of the coolest and trendiest ceiling fans in the market right now.

Let’s dive into it!

Ceiling Fan In The Bedroom

Overall, a ceiling fan in the bedroom is a great idea! Although some consider them dated or bulky, ceiling fans can be modern and blend in seamlessly with the bedroom. By maintaining a cool temperature in the summer or recirculating warm air in the winter, they can help save on the electricity bill. If you don’t mind the extra noise, go for it. However, I don’t always include them in my lighting plots. Let’s see when you should or shouldn’t use one.

Top 3 Pros Of A Ceiling Fan In The Bedroom

1. Temperature regulation

Well this is an obvious one but still worth talking about.

A ceiling fan in the bedroom can help you regulate temperature both in the summer and winter.

During the summer, some places around the world can get away with only using a ceiling fan. Hotter places might need a combination of AC and ceiling fans but this still comes cheaper, as the fan circulates the cool air of the AC and so reduces the need for high AC usage.

It may come as a surprise to some of you, but ceiling fans can also be useful in the winter! Warm air from your heaters gathers near the ceiling, and a ceiling fan can easily redistribute it throughout the room, thus reducing the need for too high heating.

So, unless you live in an extremely cold environment, you can most likely benefit from installing a ceiling fan in the bedroom.

However, at this point, keep in mind that a properly designed home should not require ceiling fans. What I mean by that is that if there is proper heating/cooling, insulation, and ventilation, a ceiling fan is not a must.

2. Better sleep

A ceiling fan in the bedroom can help you sleep better for two reasons: temperature and noise.

Studies have shown that the ideal temperature for a good night’s sleep is 65 degrees Fahrenheit (or 18.3 degrees Celsius), which is quite a bit lower than many of us would expect.

In essence, we don’t sleep well in warm environments, and that’s why a light breeze can improve our sleeping routine and therefore our circadian rhythm.

The second way in which a ceiling fan in the bedroom can help you sleep better is because of its noise. I know, I know…noise and sleep don’t go well together.

But ceiling fans don’t make just any noise…they make a soft humming noise that resembles white noise. You know, the type of frequencies that help us unwind and sleep better?

(To be precise, research is still inconclusive as to whether white noise actually improves our sleep or if it simply works by masking annoying background noise. Either way, ceiling fans can recreate this effect.)

Read more: Best Bedroom Lighting For Sleeping: 6 Top Tips

3. Lower electricity bills

The energy consumption of ceiling fans is about 36 times cheaper than that of AC!

That means they won’t only save you electricity money but also they’re more eco-friendly.

Just make sure to up your thermostat or even keep the AC off when the fan is in motion, otherwise, there’s not really any gains.

Top 3 Cons Of A Ceiling Fan In The Bedroom

1. Insufficient lighting

More often than not, ceiling fans come with weak flush mount lights.

If you want a ceiling fan in the bedroom, you must make sure that your bedroom is properly lit in other ways. For example, you must make sure that you follow a proper distribution of lumens and that you have plenty of task and accent lighting.

An example of task lighting would be the light on your bedside table. I have written an extensive guide on that which you can follow to balance out the lower light output of the ceiling fan.

2. Noise

For some people, the noise created by the fan is more so annoying than anything else. Are you one of those people?

Even though we discussed some of the benefits of a low humming noise during a night’s sleep, many people prefer dead silence.

So this one is up to you. If you have never slept with noise similar to that of a fan, I would suggest using a device to recreate the noise for a few nights before making a choice.

However, I must admit, the noise of a ceiling fan is really easy to get used to. Just a couple of nights in and you won’t be able to tell the difference.

On my end, noise is not a dealbreaker.

Extra Tip: If you decided that a ceiling fan is not your cup of tea, then you can go through my selection of the best ceiling lights for the bedroom!

3. Style

Some may argue that ceiling fans are a bit dated. The truth is that, while they may not go well in many bedrooms, gone are the days of huge clunky ceiling fans.

To figure out if a ceiling fan in the bedroom is a good choice for you, we must start with the overall style of your bedroom and then check the available options.

Is your bedroom, traditional, transitional, or more modern? Does it have earthly materials (stone, wood) and colors (brown, green) or more contemporary materials (steel, concrete, glass) and colors (gray, black and white)?

See where I’m getting at? The style of your bedroom will dictate which ceiling fans do or don’t match.

So, style is only a true con of ceiling fans if you don’t know how to choose one. Which is where I come in.

Best Ceiling Fans For The Bedroom

Let’s see some of my picks for the coolest ceiling fans for the bedroom. Get it? “Coolest”? Anyway, not the most original pun.

Pro Tip: Keep in mind that, for most bedrooms, ceiling fans with a wingspan of up to 54 inches (135 cm) is a safe choice.

Follow the table below to figure out your ideal size.

Bedroom’s square footageFan blade span (inches)
up to 14542
400+60 or two smaller fans

For the metric system:

Bedroom’s area in sq. meters.Fan blade span (cm)
up to 13105
40+150 or two smaller fans

Okay so now you have a rough estimation of your ideal fan size. Before you go buy it, take note of this:

Pro Tip: Open your closets and extend all other permanent installations. Make sure nothing gets in the way of your fan’s blade!

Now what?

Choose a fan that you like and fits the overall bedroom style.

Wrapping up

A ceiling fan in the bedroom is overall a good choice.

Make sure you are okay with some of the cons as well as that the ceiling fan you pick fits the overall style of your bedroom and you are good to go! Just remember to follow the table above so that you choose the right size.


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