As the centerpiece of your holiday celebration, the Christmas tree is the single most important piece of décor for the season. That being the case, there are a myriad of varieties and optional add-ons in the market today. This post shows you how to choose a Christmas tree that will grace your home as part of your holiday tradition for many years to come.
Choose the Right Size for the Right Space
Before choosing a Christmas tree, first determine where you want your tree to stand. Select a level surface with a pleasant backdrop (for family photos), preferably near an electrical socket. Have at least two options in mind so that you can change things up from year to year. Once you know where the tree will go, below are a few things to keep in mind with regards to size and shape:
- Ensure that your tree is at least six inches lower than your ceiling height to allow for some clearance and space for a tree topper. Tree Classics offers many different sizes from small to tall Christmas trees.
- Measure the approximate diameter of the floor space you wish to reserve for your Christmas tree and leave at least six inches of allowance all around to ensure that you have ample space for your tree skirt. This also helps to prevent the scene from looking too cramped. Compare the size of your space to the diameter of the tree at its widest point.
- Christmas trees come in different shapes and configurations as well. For instance, Tree Classics offers three types of trees: regular/full trees that follow the more traditional volume and look, narrow/slim trees that save space by reducing the overall diameter of the tree, and flatback trees have a flat vertical surface designed to be placed against a wall. These take up half of the usual space needed.
Look for Signs of a High-quality Tree
The quality of the tree is a vital consideration when buying one. But quality itself can be difficult to measure on paper. Fortunately, there are some hints that you can use which normally indicate a top notch quality.
- In general, high-quality faux trees have a high tip count to mimic the lush look of real trees. Since it’s normal for needles to fall off of the tree over the years, it’s a good idea not to scrimp on this. You’ll be grateful when your tree still looks brand new five years down the road.
- When buying online, look carefully at a close-up photo of the tree. Manufacturers that post hi-res photos usually have nothing to hide. If you can see the center pole of a supposedly “full” tree, this is a clear sign that it is a low-quality tree.
- Check the tree stand. High-quality trees come with durable metal stands that will keep the tree from toppling over. The stand should be big enough to support the entire tree, but not so big that it juts out from under your tree skirt, or makes it look unnaturally lumpy.
- Check what materials the tree is made of. Steel is stronger than aluminium (but heavier). Also consider the materials used in our tips about foliage types below.
Choose Your Ideal Foliage Type
Modern artificial tree manufacturers commonly use two different types materials for foliage: (1) polyethylene (PE) or (2) polyvinylchloride (PVC). Some use one material or foliage type exclusively while some combine to match the look that the particular tree is going for. For example, Tree Classics offers quality trees that feature three main foliage types:
- Pine Needles are made from extruded PVC strips that mimic the look and texture of real pine needles. They feature fine ridges that can be felt when you roll a needle between your thumb and forefinger.
- Classic Needles are made from fine strands of PVC that are cut to mimic the shape of natural evergreen foliage. Classic Needles are often used as fillers for most other Christmas trees to create a “full” look.
- Real Feel™ Needles are made from molded PE plastic painted with a number of pigment colors to mimic the look and texture of natural evergreen trees. A number of trees with this foliage type feature color variations within branches to give the tree a lifelike appearance.
Choose Your Lights
Although unlit trees , pre-lit trees are the more popular choice due to their convenience. Our pre-lit trees also offer the advantage of having the lights professionally strung, ensuring that your tree is evenly lit and that wires are hidden from plain sight. Tree Classics offers a variety of pre-lit trees that feature different light types and setups: clear lights, multi lights, LED lights, and color-changing LED lights.
Before purchasing a pre-lit tree, check out our tips below:
- Check the light count (number of light bulbs on the entire tree). The recommended light count is 100 lights per foot of your tree.
- Check if the lights are UL™-approved to ensure they meet the nationally recognized standards for safety. UL is a global independent safety science company with more than a century of expertise innovating safety solutions.
- Check the light warranty. The quality of the lights can often be surmised by how long the warranty is. Most brands back their products with a reasonable warranty period to gain their customers’ trust and to prove that they are offering a quality product. Make sure that the company selling the tree is the one fulfilling the terms of the warranty.
Choosing an ideal Christmas tree on clearance for your home can seem like a simple task, but there’s actually more than meets the eye in the decision. We hope that by sharing a few pointers, we’ve set you on the right path towards getting that perfect tree to gather around with loved ones. Feel free to ask questions or give your own helpful tips in the comments section below.