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Christmas Tree Measurements and More: The Comprehensive Guide to Choosing the Perfect Tree

How tall should a Christmas tree be for that perfect holiday interior? Find out how to choose the best tree height for your home.

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Choosing the perfect holiday tree involves taking a close look at a number of factors, the most important aspect of which is to know how to take the correct Christmas tree measurements. The dimensions of the tree in relation to its location will not only determine if it's the best option for the selected space, but will also impact the guests and loved ones who get to enjoy this traditional holiday decoration.

Knowing the size and shape of your tree will also help you determine what size and shape of ornaments to buy and how many you should anticipate using. To help you with this process, we have created a comprehensive guide detailing every measurement you'll need and every factor you'll want to consider to ensure you find the perfect Christmas tree for your home.


 

Choose the Perfect Location

Display your Christmas tree in an area that not only provides adequate space, but also serves as a focal point for your holiday festivities. Since the Christmas tree often serves as a gathering point during the holidays, make sure to choose a place where the family feels comfortable spending time–it should be a perfect spot for celebrating that much-awaited Christmas morning.

When allotting space for your tree, also consider your existing home furnishings as well as the décor you wish to add during the holidays. Determine whether you will need to rearrange furniture in order to accommodate the tree and how it will complement the overall look of the room.

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Another factor to consider is safety. Keep in mind these practical tips when selecting the location for your Christmas tree:

  • Never place your tree near a source of heat. Keep it away from heating vents and exhausts. If the location is near a fireplace, make sure there is a distance of at least 8 feet between the tree and the fireplace guard.
  • Avoid placing your tree in areas where it is exposed to harsh elements, or where there is an excessive amount of foot traffic. Avoid setting it up beside open windows, where it may obstruct a staircase, or behind a door. Placing your tree in one of these common 'danger zones' may lead to damage or an accident.

 

Survey the Space

To measure the correct space for your Christmas tree, you will need:

  • Measuring tape
  • Small step ladder
  • Pencil and small memo pad

How to Measure the Height and Area Designated for Your Tree

1. Using the ladder if necessary, measure the distance between the ceiling and floor with your measuring tape. Subtract a foot from this dimension. Note this number in your memo pad. This measurement will be the maximum vertical height limit of your tree.

2. Using the measuring tape, you will next determine the square footage of the space. Measure the width allotted for the tree; subtract a foot from this measurement, and note the number in your memo pad.

3. Now, measure the length of the area allotted for the tree; again, subtract a foot from this measurement and note the number in your memo pad. Multiply the width and length together to get the total square footage of the space. This number will make up the total available area for the tree.

Other Dimensions to Consider

When taking your measurements, remember to factor in accessories that will add to the overall height and width, such as the tree topper, tree skirt, or tree stand:

  • As a standard, maintain a distance of at least five inches from the pinnacle of the tree topper to the ceiling.
  • For buyers who prefer a live tree, be sure to measure the height of the tree stand as well as the diameter of the tree skirt. Note these figures, as they should be used to compare the dimensions of the tree.


 

Consider All Your Christmas Tree Options for the Selected Space

An important holiday decision that every homeowner must consider is whether a real tree or an artificial tree will be the best option for the allotted space. Real trees are a classic choice for traditional holiday decorating, while artificial trees offer supreme flexibility and options when dealing with unique spaces. Both real and artificial trees offer unique benefits to holiday decorators, often making it a decision of tradition versus ease and convenience.

Real Christmas Trees

The Classic Choice for a Traditional Christmas

  • Real Christmas trees offer the refreshing scent and vibrant color of evergreens that have been newly harvested.

All Natural

  • Real Christmas trees are biodegradable.

Recyclable

  • Homeowners can choose to make potpourri and other air fresheners using the needles.

Cost-Effective

  • Real Christmas trees cost less than artificial ones.

Artificial Christmas Trees

Realistic Detailing

  • With today's technology, artificial Christmas trees are now designed to look, feel, and even smell like the real thing.

User-Friendly Options

  • Artificial Christmas trees can be purchased online. They also offer the convenience of having predetermined sizes. At the same time, they provide various lighting options that match your design aesthetic.

Safe to Use

  • Most artificial trees are designed to be fireproof. Since artificial trees are made from synthetic materials, they also don't attract insects inside the house.

Easy to Maintain

  • Unlike their natural counterparts, artificial Christmas trees do not need to be watered, and don't shed needles or drip sap.

 

Selecting the Ideal Christmas Tree

Once you have selected your space and taken all the measurements, it's easy to choose the perfect size and shape for your new Christmas tree.

Artificial Christmas Trees

1. Choose the Correct Height

Artificial Christmas trees present holiday decorators with a variety of height options that fit any space. Buyers can simply match the best option with the space allocated for their holiday tree. Most retailers offer the standard sizes below:

  • Under 6 ft. Trees - These smaller trees are often used as tabletop trees, or on porches to add an extra festive touch to your doorway. If you have children, these trees also make great personal trees that your kids can decorate to their taste.
  • 6 to 6½ ft. Trees - These artificial trees are designed for small homes and apartments with low to medium ceilings of 7-8 feet.
  • 7 to 7 ½ ft. Trees - These are among the most popular choices in the market as they are designed to fit most average-sized homes with standard ceilings of 8-10 feet.
  • 9 ft. Trees - This particular size is perfect for large residences with high ceilings of 10-11 feet.
  • 10 to 12 ft. Trees - These grand trees are perfect for large spaces with high ceilings, and also for outdoor locations and decorating. They are perfect in two-story foyers or living rooms, and can also work well in commercial spaces.
  • 15 to 30 ft. Trees - The largest variants available, these impressive trees make for a breathtaking centerpiece in large foyers or public spaces. They are popular in malls, offices and churches.

2. Pick the Ideal Shape

Artificial Christmas trees also come in a variety of shapes, giving even more flexibility to the buyer when searching for the perfect fit:

Full Tree

This is a classic choice among homeowners since it mimics the profile of a natural Christmas tree. A full tree offers a lush appearance and sturdy branches, and is great for adorning a large living room or foyer.







Narrow Tree

This is a compact version of the full tree shape. Ideal for smaller living rooms and foyers, the narrow tree retains a plush profile of branches and needles despite its relatively thinner body.







Slim Tree

The slim tree is the narrowest option available and works best in living rooms with tight corners but high ceilings.







Flatback Tree

The unique flatback tree is flat on one side and full on the other, and is ideal for smaller spaces, such as studio apartments. For extremely tight corners, Balsam Hill also offers a wedge-shaped corner tree.







Real Christmas Trees

Real Christmas trees often require a little more work to select, as the buyer is typically the one responsible for taking correct measurements and making sure the tree will fit in the designated space. You can purchase natural evergreens from online stores; however, going to a tree farm is still the best way to select the perfect live tree. If opting for a live tree, you will want to check the height, weight, and overall condition of the actual product.

Measuring the Dimensions of Real Christmas Trees

1. Using a measuring tape, gauge the height of the tree, from the topmost tips down to the bottom of the trunk. Note this in your memo pad and add the height of your tree topper. Compare this figure with the height measurement taken from your home.

2. Now, measure the width of the tree. Compare this figure with the square footage of your tree's designated area at home. If you will be placing gifts at the bottom of the tree, make sure to leave an allowance of 6 inches around the base to allow room for the gift boxes.

3. Closely check the branches and needles to determine their weight capacity. They should be firm and sturdy in order to hold ornaments. You can also bring a heavy sample ornament from home and test it on the branches to ensure they will hold up under the weight.

4. Before making the purchase, shake the tree lightly to see if the product has good needle retention.

Choosing the perfect tree can be a challenge, but with the right knowledge and preparations, you can feel confident you are choosing a tree that will delight family and guests alike. Now that you have the perfect spot picked and all the measurements taken, be sure to visit our wonderful collection of Christmas trees to find the perfect one to complement your holiday home.