Bedroom Ceiling fans – A guide to choosing the right fan for your bedroom

Bedroom ceiling fans are a great tool to create the optimal environment for sleeping. They are cost efficient and the right model can look great in your space.  Trying to choose a ceiling fan can be daunting because of the variety of fans on the market. Although you could choose any ceiling fan for your bedroom, it’s worth thinking about how different features may affect a sleeping environment.
The guide below will assist you to identify features to look for and find the best fit for your bedroom.
Once you’ve decided what style and colours would best suit your interior, consider:

What size or blade span (diameter) is best for bedroom ceiling fans?

To give you a basic idea, a 48-52” blade span is suits most standard bedrooms and for those larger bedrooms 52-56” fans are a good choice.

Size is important for two main reasons:

  1. Aesthetics. For the room to look balanced you need to have a fan that is proportionate to the space: not too big and not too small.
  2. Coverage. How much space do you want to cool? A standard size fan might suit a large bedroom if the fan is positioned straight above the bed.  A larger sized ceiling fan might be a better choice if  you won’t be directly underneath the fan when you’re using it.

If you think a larger fan is too powerful, remember you can choose the speed setting. Most fans have three or more speeds so you can operate it on the lowest speed to create a gentler air flow.

If you need a very small bedroom ceiling fan, have a look at our Small Ceiling Fans category.

Which Blade Material would be better for bedroom ceiling fans?

The main reason customers think about material for bedroom ceiling fans is because they are worried about noise. Blade Material doesn’t always impact the sound a fan makes because there are other contributing factors. That said, we find that our customers choose plastic or timber blades for bedrooms especially if they want fan with high airflow.

AC or DC – Which Motor Type is best for bedroom ceiling fans?

Most people will choose a ceiling fan with a DC motor for their bedroom because they are famous for being a quieter choice. It’s still worth considering an AC motor for the bedroom, especially if it’s very good quality, which may reduce the noise.

DC Motors

  • Slightly quieter
  • More energy efficient
  • 5 or 6 selectable speeds.
  • Usually only come with a remote, not a wall control

Our DC range can be viewed here.

AC Motors

  • Usually come with wall control, may have the option of a remote
  • Usually has less speed options than DC
  • AC motors tend to last longer than DC motors

The Final Question is Light or no Light?

Ceiling fans have three main options for lights:

Light adaptable

These fans will are usually packaged with a light or have a light listed as an accessory to the fan.

 Integrated Light

These are inbuilt fixtures, which means that the customer cannot add or remove a light once they’ve made a decision. Models with lights might have a separate listing to their counterparts without lights.

 Fans with no light option at all.

Some people prefer to have the fan separate from the primary light source. If you like a particular design but can’t find the lighting option you prefer, contact us. Our customer service team can suggest a similar design with the lighting features you want.


LED panels are one of the most popular options for a bulb because they have a longer life expectancy than standard globes. We also have fans which have a traditional B22 or E27 fitting with the option of to purchasing suitable LED or standard globes. It comes down to aesthetics and how you would like the light to fit with the fan.

Visit our Fans with light category to view our full range.