How tall should your Christmas tree be? What size Christmas tree do you need? Should you go for the classic full shape, a narrow one, or something different? These are a few questions to consider when shopping for your new artificial Christmas tree.
Knowing the right height and shape ensures that your tree suits your space. It also helps you narrow down the size and type of decorations to buy. To guide you in finding your perfect artificial Christmas tree, we’ve broken down the process into four easy steps.
Step 1: Choose Where to Put Your Christmas Tree
Before you start looking for your tree, identify where you want to set it up. Here are the most popular areas for Christmas tree display, as well as important factors to think about when selecting your spot.
Common Rooms to Decorate
Gather friends and family around your realistic Christmas tree for quality time and gift-giving.FEATURED: NORDMANN FIR
Welcome guests with a festive Christmas tree display in your entrance hall.FEATURED: VERMONT WHITE SPRUCE™
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PRACTICAL THINGS TO CONSIDER
- Visibility – A Christmas tree serves as the focal point of your Yuletide home. Place it in the centre of a large room or in a cosy corner to command attention.
- Foot Traffic – To avoid accidents, provide clearance between your Christmas tree and doorways or walkways.
Allot extra space to accommodate gifts.
- Furniture – You may need to rearrange or remove some pieces to make room for your tree. If you prefer to keep your furniture set as is, opt for a slim or tabletop Christmas tree.
- Natural Light – Sunlight helps brighten and warm up your room, so leave space for it to filter in.
- Power Source – Place your tree near an electrical outlet for easy lighting. This eliminates the need for unsightly extension cords that may pose safety hazards.
- Safety – Keep your Christmas tree away from heat sources such as radiators, fireplaces, and candles.
Step 2: Measure Your Space
Now that you’ve chosen the location for your tree, it’s time to size up your area. Wondering how to measure for an artificial Christmas tree? Follow our simple tips below.
- Prepare the following materials:
- Measuring tape
- Step ladder
- Pen and paper
- Using the ladder, measure the distance between the ceiling and floor with your measuring tape.
- If you plan to use a Christmas tree topper, subtract 12 inches from your ceiling height. If you don’t need a topper, subtract 6 inches from your ceiling height. This measurement is the maximum height of your tree including the
tree stand. Note that all Balsam Hill™ trees are measured from the tree stand to topmost tip.
- Get the available floor space for your tree using your measuring tape. It's best to do this after you've rearranged
your furniture to give yourself a more accurate idea of your space.
- Subtract 12 inches from this measurement and note it down. This is the maximum width of your tree.
Step 3: Find the Perfect Christmas Tree Size
Artificial Christmas trees are offered in various heights and shapes. As you review your options, don’t forget to match them to the measurements you listed.
Choose the Right Christmas Tree Height
Allot 12 inches clearance between the top of your tree and the ceiling to accommodate a standard tree topper. Here’s our Christmas tree size chart for your reference:
|UNDER 5 FEET||Tabletops, bedrooms, kid’s rooms, and secondary spaces|
|5 TO 5½ FEET||Smaller living areas|
|6 TO 6½ FEET||Homes with low ceilings|
|7 TO 7½ FEET||Standard 8- to 9-foot ceilings|
|8 TO 12 FEET||Rooms with high ceilings|
Pick the Ideal Christmas Tree Shape
Once you’ve found the right tree height, filter your options by shape. The categories below give you an idea of how much space these trees will take up. Remember to check the product dimensions listed on our site against your available floor area.
Regular (Full) Artificial Christmas Tree
The most popular shape, with the classic profile of natural Christmas treesSHOP REGULAR (FULL) TREES »
Narrow / Slim Artificial Christmas Tree
Slender trees for tight spaces and cornersSHOP NARROW / SLIM TREES »
Flatback Artificial Christmas Tree
Space-saving solutions for compact studios and apartmentsSHOP FLATBACK TREES »
Here's a sample chart showing how tree widths vary based on their specific shape.
|Regular (Full)||BH BALSAM FIR™||7 feet||56 inches|
|Narrow / Slim||BH FRASER FIR™ NARROW||7 feet||48 inches|
|Flatback||CHELSEA FLATBACK TREE||7 feet||25 inches|
Step 4: Consider Other Factors
Details such as your decorations and the scale of your space may influence the size of your tree, so take note of the following before making a purchase.
When choosing your tree, it's also important to match the scale of your room. A small tree may get overlooked in a tall room, while a large one may make a compact room feel smaller.
Christmas Tree Accessories
Christmas Tree Topper
Allot 6 inches of space between your topper and the ceiling. Check the dimensions of your tree topper to ensure your tree can accommodate it.SHOP TREE TOPPERS »
Christmas Tree Stand
Our artificial Christmas trees are measured from the tree stand to the top tip. If you plan to replace the standard tree stand, account for the height it adds to the tree.SHOP TREE STANDS »
Christmas Tree Alternatives
Consider the following options for tight spaces or secondary displays:
Potted Trees & Topiaries
Perfect for entryways and mantelsSHOP POTTED TREES & TOPIARIES »
Tabletop Christmas Trees
Miniature trees in various styles and finishesSHOP TABLETOP CHRISTMAS TREES »
Twig Christmas trees for indoor or outdoor displaySHOP TWIG TREES »
We hope this guide helps you find your Christmas tree size. Visit our store to browse the many options we offer. Want to know more about artificial Christmas trees? EXPLORE OUR ULTIMATE BUYER’S GUIDE.
For more tree set-up guides and Christmas decorating ideas, visit the links below.