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What are the Different Types of Ceiling Fan Downrods?

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A downrod can be attached to a ceiling fan that is affixed to a particularly high ceiling, allowing homeowners the best chances of feeling the breeze just above their heads. Considering the wide selection of ceiling fans available, it should not be surprising that there are various ceiling fan downrods on the market, as well. Before choosing the best one, it is helpful to keep in mind the downrod finish, as it should match both the room and the fan itself. Of course, it is also important to choose the correct length, which depends on the height of the ceiling. Additionally, consumers should consider whether they need a downrod that is threaded, which allows them to attach a couple of them together, while also creating a snug fit.

One of the most important factors in this decision is the downrod finish, which should typically match both the fan and the surrounding décor, if possible. The majority of ceiling fan downrods are white, black, or brown, though there are varying shades and styles, each of which can create a different effect. For instance, a matte black downrod often results in a modern look, while an oil rubbed bronze finish can create a more rustic appearance. Thus, it is helpful to consider whether the downrod finish matches both the color and style of the rest of the home.

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Another detail to consider is the length of the downrod, which usually depends on how high the ceiling is. For example, a ceiling that is 9 feet (2.74 m) high often calls for a downrod that measures 12 inches (30.5 cm) long. On the other hand, a ceiling that is 12 feet (3.66 m) high should usually feature a downrod that is about 36 inches (91.4 cm) long. Of course, some homes have even higher ceilings, which is why ceiling fan downrods that are longer than 72 inches (182.9 cm) are widely available as well. It should be noted, however, that it is typically necessary to use more than one downrod when over 72 inches (182.9 cm) needs to be added between the fan and the ceiling.

In order to use two ceiling fan downrods on the same fan, it is usually necessary that they be threaded on at least one of the ends. This feature allows homeowners to safely attach the two downrods together, in which case a coupler is also often needed. While it is necessary to use a threaded type to attach two ceiling fan downrods to each other, it is often okay to use this kind of downrod even when only one is needed. In fact, some homeowners prefer the threaded kind since it usually provides a tighter fit than the non threaded type, resulting in less wobble.

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