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How to choose the correct size tree for your space

The Christmas tree forms a huge part of our festive celebrations here in the UK. It becomes the focal point of many homes during the holiday period, and the twinkling lights brighten up the short, dark days of December. Many families place their Christmas presents beneath the tree too, creating a beautiful display that contributes to the build-up of excitement – especially among children.

As it is such a key part of the celebrations, it makes sense to take some care when choosing your real or artificial Christmas tree. A major factor that will influence your decision is space. How much room do you have for the festive tree? Here is a guide on how to choose the correct size tree for your space:


There are all sorts of shapes and sizes of trees, especially when it comes to artificial Christmas trees. The best thing to do to start off is to decide where you will place the tree. This will determine the shape and size you should be looking for. If you have a smaller space, then you need a smaller tree.

Width and height

While height is important, width is probably even more so. The amount of floor space the tree will take up will depend on how wide it is. Take a close look at the space and imagine the spread of the branches. You will also need to measure the ceiling height, as a tree that’s too tall for the room will not work for anyone.

Real versus artificial

Real Christmas trees tend to be a lot wider than their artificial counterparts. If the space you have is narrow, then that could make up your mind for you. Artificial trees come in various shapes, meaning you can find a narrow tree to fit into even the smallest corner. You could even opt for a twig tree instead of a traditional fir if you wish.


Artificial Christmas trees tend to vary in height, typically between six and eight feet. You can buy standard width trees, which still tend to be narrower than real ones. There are also slimmer trees available, including ‘skinny’ models that are designed to fit into even the tightest of spots. It’s advisable to have a gap of six inches or more between the ceiling and the top of the tree. Also take into account the tree topper you wish to use, and any stands you may have. A tree measuring around six feet is perfect for houses with low ceilings, while a seven-foot tree is ideal for any home with a standard eight to nine-foot ceiling height. Trees measuring eight feet or more are best for rooms with high ceilings.


Before shopping for your tree, there are other factors to consider too. Do you want a pre-lit tree? Which colour would you prefer – natural looking green or one with snowy branches? The best way to approach this is to select size first and foremost, then decide between the Christmas tree styles that will fit into your chosen space.

By following this guide, you are sure to find a tree that fits perfectly into your available space.

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