Diffusing essential oils around your office, bedroom, or even car is a fantastic idea. These spaces all have one thing in common though: they’re usually small in comparison to the rest of your home.
So, what should you do if you want to distribute the beneficial aromas of essential oils across a wide space, such as a living room or an office? Some folks have problems getting complete coverage with their current essential oil diffuser to all areas of a large open floor plan at home or at work.
In today’s post, we’ll explore how to get the most out of your essential oil diffuser and enjoy the advantages of diffusing regardless of the size of the room you’re in, as well as the best essential oil diffuser for large space areas.
Dispelling a Big Diffuser Myth
One of the most popular misconceptions regarding essential oil diffusers is that a diffuser with a bigger capacity will cover a larger area.
The quantity of space a diffuser’s mist can cover has very little to do with its capacity. When determining how long the diffuser can run, the capacity is more significant. However, the strength and general quality of the essential oil diffuser determine the coverage area to a large extent.
Perhaps the misperception stems from the fact that higher capacity essential oil diffusers often produce a heavier mist, but the point is that capacity has little to do with how much area a certain essential oil diffuser can cover.
Making Use of Multiple Diffusers in Large Spaces
If you’re aiming to cover an area of 800 to 1,000 square feet, buying and making use of two diffusers is your best bet. Despite what some firms claim, there isn’t an essential oil diffuser that can cover that much ground on its own.
It’s better to use two of the same oil diffusers for consistency. This ensures you’ll have the same strength, capacity, and appearance for both.
They should not be placed in corners or against walls, since the center of the room will not be covered. Instead, set each one approximately a third of the way into the room, if feasible in the middle. You’ll receive the most coverage from both units this way, without creating cloying pockets of scent in odd parts of the room.
Try Increasing the Amount of Essential Oil Diffused
While everyone has their own preferences, most oil diffusers function best with 3-6 drops of your chosen essential oil or oil blend per 100 ML of water. More oil means a more potent scent and hence increased coverage when diffusing in a big area. But don’t go crazy—if you generally use 3 drops per 100 ML, try increasing it to 5 or 6 and evaluate how it works in the furthest corners of the room.
You can play with the amount of oil you use (as long as you don’t go overboard). Because all essential oils are slightly different, some trial and error may be required until you find the ideal amount for your essential oil diffuser and room size.
One word of caution here, however, for pet parents. You do need to be very careful when diffusing essential oils around them, as we’ve explained here and here, and increasing the volume of oil in the air in this way may not be safe for them.
Use Higher Quality Essential Oils
Remember that the quality of the essential oil you choose can make a big difference in how much pleasure you have diffusing, whether you’re diffusing in a big room or a small one.
Higher-quality oils are more potent, so you’ll get a lot more bang for your buck even if they cost a little more than “budget” oils. It could be because of the oil you’re using that you’re having problems achieving coverage up to the maximum area of your diffuser.
Best Essential Oil Diffuser For Large Space
There are a lot of essential oil diffusers out there for you to choose from, so many in fact that it can be hard to make a choice! To help you find the best essential oil diffuser for large spaces in your home or office, here’s a look at some of our favorites:
Not only is this a very efficient essential oil diffuser, but it is also a very attractive one. Capable of running for up to 14 hours on a low setting, the doTERRA Volo Ultrasonic Diffuser is programmable and easily adjustable, meaning that if you wanted to be greeted by the calming scent of lavender as you come home from work, but don’t want to scent an empty home, that’s easy to achieve.
As it’s available in either a marble or onyx look finish adding a couple of these diffusers to a large space will not only scent it efficiently but will enhance your home decor scheme as well, an added bonus.
We love the elegant look of this sleek, classic diffuser, but that’s not all it has to offer. Not only is a great choice for large space essential oil diffusing, it also offers soothing lights and sounds that add to the diffusing experience. Just one of these handcrafted units would provide great coverage for a large bedroom, and two could help cover a whole office floor and provide all the benefits of aromatherapy and sound therapy to all your staff!
This small but powerful essential oil diffuser is a nebulizing diffuser that does not use heat or water, so essential oils retain more of their natural properties, resulting in faster and more effective coverage of even large spaces without the need to add more oil. Its ultra-sleek and modern-looking design will compliment almost any home decor scheme, and it can cover up to 700 square feet of space, making it ideal for open concept houses or lofts.
This ultrasonic oil diffuser and humidifier combo takes care of everything: It also serves as a speaker (it’s Bluetooth-enabled) and a night light in addition to disseminating your favorite scents (it lights up in seven different colors).
The diffuser has two mist settings, a timer and will automatically shut off when the tank is empty, and it has a 550-milliliter capacity which will offer great large space coverage. The diffuser is very simple to operate with the provided remote, which is another big plus!