Four pre-lit artificial Christmas trees in different sizes

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

Balsam Hill’s Nordmann Fir artificial Christmas tree decorated with red and gold baubles

Sitting Room

Gather friends and family around your realistic Christmas tree for quality time and gift-giving.

FEATURED: NORDMANN FIR
pre-lit Christmas tree with a wooden tree collar

Foyer

Welcome guests with a festive Christmas tree display in your entrance hall.

FEATURED: VERMONT WHITE SPRUCE™
Balsam Hill’s Silverado Slim tree decorated with white baubles and Christmas figurines

Dining Room

Bring cheer to mealtimes with a slim or tabletop Christmas tree.

FEATURED: SILVERADO SLIM TREE COURTESY OF LA MAISON JOLIE
A Balsam Hill pre-lit Frosted Alpine Fir tree near a fireplace

Bedroom

Choose a pre-lit Christmas tree for an enchanting glow come bedtime.

FEATURED: FROSTED ALPINE BALSAM FIR COURTESY OF KINDRED VINTAGE
A Balsam Hill pre-lit Royal Blue Spruce tree decorated with white baubles

Other Areas

From the porch to your reading room or study, there are many ways to display Christmas trees throughout your home.

FEATURED: ROYAL BLUE SPRUCE®

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.

  1. Prepare the following materials:
    • Measuring tape
    • Step ladder
    • Pen and paper
  2. Using the ladder, measure the distance between the ceiling and floor with your measuring tape.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Subtract 12 inches from this measurement and note it down. This is the maximum width of your tree.

INSIDER’S TIP

Use a laser distance measure as a handy alternative when measuring your ceiling height.

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:

Tree Height Recommendations
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

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INSIDER’S TIP

Balsam Hill trees are measured from the tree stand to the topmost tip. If you plan to use a special stand or platform to raise your tree, consider this in your computations.

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.

A full-shaped Balsam Hill Fraser Fir artificial Christmas tree

Regular (Full) Artificial Christmas Tree

The most popular shape, with the classic profile of natural Christmas trees

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A narrow Balsam Hill Silverado Slim artificial Christmas tree

Narrow / Slim Artificial Christmas Tree

Slender trees for tight spaces and corners

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A space-saving flatback Balsam Hill artificial Christmas tree

Flatback Artificial Christmas Tree

Space-saving solutions for compact studios and apartments

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Here's a sample chart showing how tree widths vary based on their specific shape.

Tree Shape Tree Height Width
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

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A screenshot of a Christmas tree product page

INSIDER’S TIP

When you view a tree on our site, you'll see a chart showing its height, width, and light type options. Click ‘Detailed Specs’ above the table to learn more about each tree.

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.

Room Proportions

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

An angel tree topper atop a Christmas tree

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.

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A decorative Christmas tree stand with faux snow design

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.

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Christmas tree skirts in gold, red, and white

Christmas Tree Skirt

Allow 6 inches around your tree for your Christmas tree skirt and gifts. Follow the same guideline for tree collars.

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Christmas Tree Alternatives

Consider the following options for tight spaces or secondary displays:

A potted artificial Christmas tree

Potted Trees & Topiaries

Perfect for entryways and mantels

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A set of five metallic glitter tabletop trees in varying sizes

Tabletop Christmas Trees

Miniature trees in various styles and finishes

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Three artificial birch twig trees with LED lights

Twig Trees

Twig Christmas trees for indoor or outdoor display

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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.

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FURTHER READING

For more tree set-up guides and Christmas decorating ideas, visit the links below.

TRADITIONAL VS REALISTIC CHRISTMAS TREES: A GUIDE TO THE BEST ARTIFICIAL TREE STYLES

CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTS: THE BALSAM HILL GUIDE

Christmas Decorating 101: Everything You Need to Know