Assembling an artificial Christmas tree every year can be quite challenging. Many are daunted by the idea of attaching parts, stringing lights, and shaping branches. With the innovative Flip Tree, Balsam Hill makes tree set-up a near effortless task so you can skip to the fun of decorating and celebrating with loved ones.
WHAT IS A FLIP TREE?
The Balsam Hill Flip Tree is an expertly designed artificial Christmas tree that is easy to move, assemble, and store. Inventor Bruce Schooley created the Flip concept to address the size and weight of artificial trees with heavier, more lifelike branches. Its patented structure streamlines tree parts and eliminates heavy lifting. To learn more about how it was invented, watch this interview video.
How does a Balsam Hill Flip Tree Work?
A Flip Tree has two main parts: the base and the treetop. It works like a foldable Christmas tree that flips into display position in seconds. Balsam Hill Flip Trees also include a rolling metal stand for easy transportation from room to room. The wheels feature 360-degree rotation for smooth steering and locking pedals for stability.
To sum up, here are the inclusions of every Balsam Hill Flip Tree:
- Rolling metal stand with lockable 360-degree wheels
- Easy Plug technology so you can light up your tree with a single plug
- Premium heavy-duty storage bags
- Protective gloves for shaping
- Extra bulbs and fuses (for pre-lit trees)
Flip Trees with Easy Plug Technology
For even quicker assembly, all pre-lit Flip Trees from Balsam Hill come with our patented Easy Plug technology. With this feature, light strings are pre-connected throughout the trunk so lighting your tree only requires a single plug. This way, you don’t have to connect several light strands from end-to-end. See how Easy Plug works in this video.
HOW DO YOU SET UP A FLIP TREE?
To put up your Flip Tree, all you need to do is wheel the tree base into place, flip it over, and attach the treetop. Follow the steps below to achieve a picture-perfect display:
1. ASSEMBLE YOUR TREE
Step 1 | Wheel to display area
Roll the tree’s bottom section out of the shipping box to your chosen location then remove the storage bag.
Step 2 | Lock the wheels
Step down on the locking feature of each wheel to secure the stand.
Step 3 | Flip the tree base
Press the foot pedal on the same side as the stand bar to unlock the base. While pressing the pedal, flip the tree base towards you until it locks into place.
Step 4 | Attach the treetop
Take the tree’s top section out of its individual storage bag then insert it into the pole of the base. If you have a tall tree, its top may come in two parts. For pre-lit models, make sure the plugs in the central pole are aligned when attaching the treetop to connect the light strings properly.
Tips for Seamless Assembly
- Clear the flip path by pushing the branches to the left or right of the tree trunk. This will prevent limbs from catching on the pole.
- If your assembled tree looks crooked, check if the floor is level and all four wheels are on an even surface. Make sure there is no limb caught between the flip pole and the tree pole.
- If your pre-lit tree does not light up, check our Troubleshooting Guide to help fix potential issues.
2. Shape the Branches
Balsam Hill Flip Trees are compressed for shipping and require shaping to achieve a full look. Here’s how to fluff your tree in three easy steps:
Step 1 | Use safety gloves
Protect your hands with the gloves provided in the welcome kit.
Step 2 | Pull branch tips upward and outward
Start by shaping the inner tips of each branch. This will help hide the trunk and make the tree look full. Angle any side branches out and away from the main branch.
Step 3 | Step back and survey tree
Check the tree for any gaps that may require more fluffing. Pay special attention to the parts where tree sections come together.
Tips for Expert Fluffing
- When fluffing a pre-lit model, switch the Christmas tree lights on to ensure they are operating correctly.
- To recreate the look of “downswept” or “upswept” branches, exert pressure on the main branch to bend it up or down.
- Refer to photos of your tree model on Balsam Hill’s website to guide you while fluffing.
HOW DO YOU TAKE DOWN A FLIP TREE?
Storing a Flip Tree is as effortless as the assembly. Here are the steps to take down your tree and preserve its beauty for seasons to come:
Step 1 | Remove decorations
Unplug your pre-lit tree and remove all decorations.
Step 2 | Disassemble tree parts
Detach the top section and place it in the treetop bag. Arrange the treetop so that its pole is protected by the clear plastic lining.
Step 3 | Unlock the tree
Press the foot pedal on the side of the stand to unlock your tree. Flip the tree base toward you until it automatically locks into storage mode.
Step 4 | Place tree base into storage bag
Pull the storage bag over the tree base, positioning the zippered opening directly over the bar of the stand. The tree base pole should go through the hole at the top of the bag. Close the bag and buckle straps to secure.
Step 5 | Wheel into storage
Unlock the wheels and roll your tree into storage. Choose a cool, dry space to prevent damage during the off-season.
We hope this answered all your questions about Balsam Hill Flip Christmas trees. Reach out to our Customer Service if you need further assistance.
For more information on our Christmas tree set-up and lighting options, visit the links below.