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 tree that’s easy to move, assemble, and store. Inventor Bruce Schooley created the “flip” concept to address the size and weight of artificial Christmas 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 video.
How Does a Balsam Hill Flip Tree Work?
A Flip Tree has two main parts: the base and the treetop. It’s an easy set-up Christmas tree that flips into display position in seconds. Balsam Hill Flip Trees also include a rolling metal stand for hassle-free 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 Christmas 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
How Do You Set up a Balsam Hill Flip Tree?
1. Assemble Your Tree
To put up your Flip Christmas 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:
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 Tree Top
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 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 the Branch Tips Upwards and Outwards
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 the 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 working 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 Balsam Hill Flip Tree?
A Flip Tree is an easy Christmas tree to store as it is to set up. 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.
A Conversation With Bruce Schooley, The Flip Tree Inventor
Founder Thomas Harman started Balsam Hill with a goal to provide homeowners with the best Artificial Christmas Trees. He wanted to create a collection of trees that captures the beauty and elegance of nature, without sacrificing the convenience of an easy-to-install design.
With modern innovations such as Balsam Hill’s signature True Needle foliage and Easy Plug technology, he has been able to do just that. And with the introduction of the Flip Tree technology, the company has taken the next step to make Balsam Hill trees the best in form and function.
In the video above, Thomas chats with Flip Tree inventor Bruce Schooley. Bruce has been a long-time innovator of artificial Christmas tree designs and brings his state-of-the-art creation to Balsam Hill’s premium evergreens.