Five Benefits of a Low-Profile Ceiling Fan

So, you’ve decided to install a ceiling fan in your home. But you don’t want just any old regular ceiling fan; you want something unique and interesting. Preferably, it’ll be a fan that not only looks good and ties the room together but also has an array of practical functions. Low profile ceiling fans—also known as a hugger or flush mount fans—are an excellent choice that combines the best of both worlds. Whether you’re working with a smaller space or just want something that blends a bit better with the overall look of the room, a low-profile ceiling fan just might be the way to go. Here are a few key benefits of installing a low-profile ceiling fan in your home:

They Can Be Stylish

Nothing says a small ceiling fan in a small space can’t look good or show off some style. Even the most diminutive fans can be sleek and well-designed. Casual, rustic, farmhouse, modern, industrial, nautical, and tropical styles. Their looks range from simple to elegant and everything in between. One of the most popular and prominent styles are probably transitional featuring smooth lines and a subtle design to the blades. The style sort of combines the traditional look with a more modern static to be the best of both worlds. Rustic fans are another popular style renowned for their wooden fan blades and meticulous construction. Modern designs are also quite stylish but hinge more on a minimalist design construction for more metal/modern materials. Regardless of the style of fan you choose, your room will look just as good with a low profile, smaller fan as it might with any other decorations and/or appliances. Small fans are available in more varieties and styles, but these are the best place to start when selecting a stylish new ceiling fan for your small space.

They Feature Flush Mounts

The sheer variety of ceiling fan mounts can be daunting for some. Wondering if you need a downrod for your ceiling fan or being worried about a low ceiling preventing the installation of a ceiling fan are legitimate concerns. Because the typical ceiling fan is recommended to be installed eight to nine feet above the floor, you might think you need to fret over how to install the fan. Fortunately, installation isn’t terribly complicated when you understand how the fan is going to be mounted. Higher ceilings typically require down rods of some type to hold the fan securely in place. For smaller rooms and rooms with lower ceilings, a low profile/flush mount is almost essential to safely accommodate the ceiling fan. Most fans have a 12–14-inch clearance between the ceiling and the fan, but with a flush mount, you can reduce that to approximately 6-10 inches. This makes it easier to install a fan in a smaller space and still makes it look good.

Ideal for Small Rooms

If you have a smaller space that doesn’t need much airflow or a lower ceiling, then a flush mount ceiling fan may be ideal for you. These fans are also known as “hugger” fans because that’s exactly what they do: they hug the ceiling. Small rooms can particularly benefit from hugger ceiling fans, as they better open up the space, give it a unique look, and ultimately provide better airflow. And without a downrod needing to be mounted, it cuts back on the difficulty of the installation in addition to keeping the fan at a safe distance from the walls and floor.

There Are Plenty of Optional Add-Ons

it may be surprising to some that accessories and optional add-ons are something ceiling fans possess in abundance. Lighting it’s probably the most common, just about every ceiling fan style can come with LED lighting, chandelier-style lights, other light shield designs, and more. The sheer variety of lighting options is staggering. Dimmable lights are another fun option for ceiling fans. While dimming the light isn’t exactly essential to the operation of the appliance, it can help create better ambient lighting or merely give users the power to adjust lighting to their comfort levels. Wi-fi /smart fans are a fascinating add-on for a ceiling fan. Where most of us likely opted to go with a remote control, wall switch, or the traditional pull chain, some of the more technologically capable/intrepid users might want to try connecting their ceiling fan control to their smartphones. This can be accomplished in a number of ways including add-on kits or built-in functionality that  integrates with various smart hubs (like Alexa or Google Home). Finally, ceiling fans offer multiple speeds for optimal airflow possibilities!

Can Be Mounted on The Interior or Exterior

Hugger ceiling fans aren’t just suited to interior spaces. They can work well in outdoor spaces like patios and garages just as well. Basically, anywhere you have a small space. Hugger fans that have lights are ideal for outdoor settings like your porch or patio. What’s better than being able to sit comfortably outside on you well-lit, cool deck during a warm summer evening? Putting the hugger fan outside can also eliminate the need for figuring out where to put it indoors–especially if space is extremely limited. Outdoor fans made by a reputable company should be rated for safety, so be sure to watch out for those ratings (dry, damp, and wet) when purchasing your fan and determining its eventual location.

Kevin Darabont
I am a freelance writer who loves to craft, home decor improvement, and active DIYers. I am happy to share my knowledge and experience to the world and learn new things everyday.