Compact Ceiling Fans

Sometimes a small fan is all you need. For a compact space, say a 10 foot by 10 foot room, a fan with a 52 inch wing span is overkill. All you really need is 30 or 36 inches. The shorter length of the blades allows them various design features that wouldn't work with their larger counterparts. They can have 6 blades without straining the motor. And those blades can be wider as well. Finally, the blades can be adjusted at a steeper pitch-up to 25 degrees in some cases-to move air more effectively, even at relatively slow speeds.

There is a wide selection in style for compact ceiling fans. After all, since they go in smaller rooms, they often are decorating more personal spaces. A pink accented fan with ballet slippers painted on the blades may not be a popular choice for the living room. You probably can't even get such a fan with a 52 inch span. But at 30 inches, this fan may be just about perfect for your little ballerina. Similar fans can be had with soccer or baseball themes, complete with soccer or baseball shaped globes for the little kicker or slugger in your family.

But compact fans aren't just for kid's rooms. They can also provide the accent you need for an office or a workshop.

If you're looking for cooling in the workshop, a simple bullet-shaped housing in brushed aluminum may be the right approach. With three plywood blades painted a silvery gray, the whole fan can give a modern industrial look.

For added protection, compact fans often come with a wire housing, just like a fan you might set on the floor. These fans have the added advantage of being adjustable. They don't have to blow straight down. They can direct the air toward your work bench, chair, or wherever you need it the most. Yet they don't take up any table space or put you in danger of tripping every time you move about. For a rugged effect, go with stainless steel hardware and a simple wrought iron look.

Angleable ceiling fans can also come without the wire housing. Just remember that the more you angle them, the more the blades reach down into your space on the lower end. Make sure you've got enough clearance that you won't be stopping those blades with your head!

Or perhaps a gentler look, for a sewing or crafts room, is what you want. A simple white fan with white blades and a shallow white acorn globe can provide this look and feel.

And of course there are all the usual traditional and modern varieties. Cherry, mahogany, oak, or painted blades make a good look in any size. And brushed or polished aluminum, brass, copper, pewter, nickel, or iron are standbys for a reason. They always look good.

Choose a non-traditional blade shape for a bolder statement. Today's aerodynamic blades can be swept back like wings as though the fan is about to take off. Or they can be artfully curved like leaves or flower petals for a more gracious and gentle effect. Squared off blades can provide a dramatic and pleasing contrast to the circular housing from which they extend.