family enjoying their meal with an artificial Christmas tree

Christmas is all about getting cosy with your family around your Christmas tree. Decorating it and filling it with presents is fun, but what about the tree itself? Having a Christmas tree that fits perfectly into its space makes all the difference to that festive feeling.

You don’t want a tree that’s too tall or too wide, taking up all of your family’s space. But you don’t want a tiny tree that gets lost in the corner and forgotten about either. You want to get that Goldilocks feeling and know that your Christmas tree is just right.

Having the perfect tree is all about choosing the right shape for your space. Here are some tips on how to choose the ideal Christmas tree shape for your home.

1. Figure out where you’re going to put your tree

Your Christmas tree should be the focal point of a room this season, and draw everyone’s attention when they come inside, so choosing the right place to put it is an essential first step.

Start with the room itself. Do you want it in your sitting room, drawing people into your main living space? Or would you entertain a lot of friends and family in your kitchen and want your seasonal hub to be there as well? Do your kids like to open their presents underneath the tree? Where would they prefer to spend this time on Christmas morning?

Once you’ve got the room figured out you need to decide where is the best place for the tree. Is there a corner that suits or maybe you’d prefer to have it up against a wall? Will you need (and do you want) to rearrange some furniture to get your tree into the perfect spot? Is there space for the furniture to be moved and still have a comfortable room?

Always keep in mind when choosing a spot for your Christmas tree to keep it away from sources of heat and make sure it’s not blocking any vents. Try to keep it away from areas of high foot traffic as well, so there’s no worry of it getting knocked over.

2. Figure out how much space you have.

So now you know where you want to put your artificial Christmas tree we’re sure you’re ready to rush out and buy it straight away. Well hang on, you want to make sure you measure your space first. There’s nothing worse than bringing home a beautiful Christmas tree that you can’t wait to decorate only to find out that it’s too tall to fit in your sitting room.

First, you’ll want to measure the height of your ceiling to see how tall a tree you’ll need. Don’t forget to keep your tree topper in mind. Make sure you leave at least 6 inches, if not 1 ft, between the top of your tree and your ceiling to leave enough room for it and to make sure you don’t end up with a scratched ceiling by January.

A standard 8ft ceiling will allow you a 7-7.5ft tree with enough space to fit a tree topper comfortably. If you’ve got higher ceilings, you could go for an 8ft or even 9ft if your room allows.

Next, you’ll need to measure the width of the space you have to make sure you're not left with a Christmas tree that sticks out too far and leaves you no space to use the room.

Different sizes of Artificial Christmas Trees along with decorations

3. Choose the tree shape that suits your measurements.

Alright, we’re finally there, you can now go and choose your Christmas tree. Once you know the dimensions of the space you have, you can choose which tree shape will suit it best. There are three main artificial Christmas tree shapes, each with their own pros and cons: broad tree, narrow tree, and pencil tree.

Broad Tree
Also known as a full tree, this is the most traditional shape of artificial Christmas tree as it’s the closest in look to a real tree.

A broad tree is great for sitting rooms or even larger hallways if you’re lucky enough to have one. A well-decorated broad tree will welcome people into your home during the Christmas season and help keep it cosy and festive.

A standard 7ft broad tree generally has a diameter of between 62-64 inches (but check the dimensions of each tree you’re looking at to be sure) so should fit comfortably in most sitting rooms.

If you have a smaller space or low ceilings, you should stay away from this tree shape. Even if you think you can fit it into your space, you risk making your room cramped rather than cosy.

Narrow Tree
Otherwise known as a slim tree, a narrow tree is great for getting the traditional look of a real Christmas tree into a smaller space. They’re ideal for apartments that have a smaller sitting room, or for kitchens if you don’t want all the festive fun to be kept only in the sitting room.

The great thing about a narrow tree is that you can get the cosy benefits of a broad tree (and a real tree) without taking up all of your space.

Pencil Tree
The last of the tree shapes is a pencil tree. It’s the narrowest of the three and perfect for those who are really stuck for space, like apartments with tight living areas.

People with high ceilings but small rooms don’t have to compromise on height as a pencil tree still comes in the standard 7ft but with a much smaller diameter than a broad tree.

They also work great as secondary trees for those with bigger homes who perhaps want a tree in a narrower hallway or to frame a doorway.

Artificial Christmas trees come in shapes that suit every home and every space. Outdoor Living stock a wide range of artificial trees in all shapes and sizes. You can see all of our stock in our Dunboyne showroom so once you’ve got your measuring done, come down and find a Christmas tree to suit you.