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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.
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.Aspen Estate Fir™
Another factor to consider is safety. Keep in mind these practical tips when selecting the location for your Christmas tree:
To measure the correct space for your Christmas tree, you will need:
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.
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:
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.
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 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:
Artificial Christmas trees also come in a variety of shapes, giving even more flexibility to the buyer when searching for the perfect fit:
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.
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.
The slim tree is the narrowest option available and works best in living rooms with tight corners but high ceilings.
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 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.
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.