How to Choose the Perfect Christmas Tree for Your Home

How to Choose the Perfect Christmas Tree for Your Home

With so many Christmas trees in the market, it can be hard to pick one that’s right for you. To help with your search, we’ve compiled the top questions people ask on how to choose the perfect Christmas tree.

1. What’s the best location for my Christmas tree?
2. How tall should my Christmas tree be?
3. How wide should my Christmas tree be?
4. What kind of artificial Christmas tree should I get?
5. What accessories will my tree need?
6. Where should I buy my Christmas tree?

1. What’s the best location for my Christmas tree?

Decorated Alpine White Christmas Tree
Highlight a bright alcove with a charming white Christmas tree (Photo courtesy of Designthusiasm)

Determine where you want to place your tree to identify the right tree size to buy. Choose rooms often used for gatherings, such as foyers, living rooms, or even the dining area. Make sure there’s plenty of space around the tree so that it doesn’t block passageways. For more safety advice, check this post.

2. How tall should my Christmas tree be?

12' Classic Fraser Fir artificial Christmas tree in a living room
Complement a grand living room with our 12′ Classic Fraser Fir Christmas Tree (Photo courtesy of Bower Power)

Measure the distance between your ceiling and floor, and go for a tree that’s at least a foot lower than your ceiling. Many homes have ceilings 8 to 9 feet high, which makes 7 ½-foot trees a popular choice. A 12-foot Christmas tree complements rooms with high ceilings, while a 4-foot tree suits smaller spaces. Factor in the height of your tree topper too.

3. How wide should my Christmas tree be?

Narrow Clifton Pine Christmas tree in bedroom
Shirley of Housepitality Designs adds wintry charm to this little corner of her master bedroom with our narrow Clifton Pine tree

Aside from your ceiling height, measure your floor area as well. Allot at least a foot of distance between the walls and the widest point of your tree. Don’t worry if your space is limited—there are Christmas tree shapes to fit any home, from traditional full trees to slim space-savers.

4. What kind of artificial Christmas tree should I get?

PVC vs PE Christmas tree foliage
A close-up look at the difference between PVC and PE foliage

Affordable PVC trees feature flat needles layered together to create a lush appearance. On the other hand, realistic PE trees mimic the look and feel of natural evergreen needles. If you’re looking for a lifelike artificial Christmas tree at an affordable price, consider a PE tree with PVC needles for added fullness. Learn more about the difference between the two tree types here.

5. What accessories will my tree need?

Child decorating tree with ornaments
Adding the finishing touches to a 7.5′ Kennedy Fir tree (Photo courtesy of Jen Lutz and Rachel Cuthbert Photography)

If your tree doesn’t come with a stand, get a sturdy one to keep it from falling over. Also consider buying Christmas lights to add life to your display. You can hang them yourself or save time and effort by buying a pre-lit tree instead. Discover the pros and cons of unlit and pre-lit Christmas trees in this video post.

6. Where should I buy my Christmas tree?

Dog with tree
Our 7′ Pre-lit Hyde Park Pine Snap Tree decorated by Natalie Wright of Natal Me

With Tree Classics, you can easily shop for artificial Christmas trees and other holiday decorations from the comfort of your home. Visit our website to browse our variety of tree types, shapes, and sizes. Once you’ve made your choice, simply wait for your new tree to arrive at your doorstep.

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We hope these tips point you to the perfect Christmas tree for your holiday gatherings. Did we miss out on anything? Let us know in the comments below!

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