This year, go faux and say goodbye to tangled lights, brittle branches and dropped needles. Everlasting greenery is better than ever (it’s getting harder and harder to tell the difference), and there are so many beautiful options for decking your halls. Before you make the switch to a hassle-free holiday, there are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for the right size wreath or tree.
A beautifully decorated tree can really make a room come alive and feel festive. Naturally, it has a lot to do with the decorations and lights, but having a tree that perfectly fits the space makes a huge difference, too. So, just as if you were shopping for a piece of furniture, you should make sure the scale of the tree is proportional to the appointed space. In other words, not too big or too small, but just right.
Generally, it’s best to allow 1 ½ feet to six inches minimum between the top of the tree and your ceiling. And don’t forget to account for the height of your tree stand and the tree topper you want to use. Use our diagrams above to help you visualize the height of an evergreen tree in your space.
If you have standard 8-foot ceilings and want the tallest Christmas tree your room will allow, you can choose a 7 ½-foot tree and still have a six-inch clearance for your tree stand and topper.
A 7 ½-foot Christmas tree is the perfect size for 9-foot ceilings. You can be sure the tree won’t hug the ceiling, and you’ll have plenty of space to top the tree with a shining star.
If you have 10-foot ceilings, it’s safe to size up and choose a 9-foot tree. You’ll have one foot of space between the ceiling and the tip of your tree.
Evergreen trees come in all shapes and sizes to fit a variety of spaces. And one thing to consider when it comes to finding the right size tree to fit your space is its shape, or girth. You want a tree that will fill your space without crowding out your furniture or climbing up your walls. In the diagrams below, we’ve included the diameter — the measurement taken at the very widest point of the tree — of our trees, so you can see how one would look in a corner next to your mantel.
64” Diameter Tree
When you’re measuring your space, give yourself a three-inch cushion between the walls and the tree. Therefore, the total space you need to comfortably fit a 64-inch diameter tree is 67 inches.
69” Diameter Tree
Accounting for three inches of space between the walls and your tree, the total space you need to comfortably fit a 69-inch diameter tree is 72 inches. As long as you don’t have furniture nearby, the larger tree will look great.