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Where Should I Put my Christmas Tree?

Michael Pollick
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Updated May 16, 2024
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During a nighttime holiday drive through various neighborhoods, it is not unusual to see a fully decorated and lit Christmas tree displayed prominently in a large picture window, along with the usual outdoor lighting displays. Other homeowners, however, may choose to place their trees in a less visible corner of their living rooms, or use a smaller artificial tree on a table stand to save space. There is no one correct answer to where you should put your Christmas tree, but there are a number of things to consider beforehand.

A live Christmas tree often has a few needs that affect where it can be placed. If it is relatively large, it may need more support than a tree stand alone can provide. In order to prevent accidental toppling, you may have to attach some additional guide wires to the tree, along with installing support hooks into the wall studs. If you have a larger live tree and stability may be an issue, you'll most likely want to place the tree in a corner of the living room and use the adjacent walls as your anchoring point.

A large artificial tree may prove to be more stable than an equivalent live Christmas tree, so you should have a few more options on its placement. If you have a large picture window facing the street, a well-lit artificial or very stable live tree should fit nicely. Be sure you have a sufficient number of electrical outlets nearby to power the tree's lights. One important thing to keep in mind when displaying a Christmas tree in a large living room window is a certain loss of privacy. Be aware that passersby may be able to see more than the Christmas decorations under the right lighting conditions.

Many people who live in cramped quarters or apartments often choose a smaller artificial Christmas tree designed to fit on a table top. This has the advantage of portability, but stability and visibility may be a concern. Be sure the area designated for the display is large enough to accommodate the tree stand and tall enough for easier decorating and display. Since these smaller artificial trees can fit just about anywhere, you may want to consider the visual balance of a room. You could center a smaller tree in front of a non-working fireplace mantle, for example, and expand the decorations from that central focal point.

When placing a live Christmas tree, keep in mind that you will have to refill the stand with water and other nutrients periodically. Try not to select an area which would make this task prohibitively difficult. Some homeowners have been known to rig up a funnel and tube system which allows them to refill the tree stand reservoir without removing the tree skirt. You may also want to avoid placing a tree in a high traffic area or directly in front of an important light switch or fuse box.

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Michael Pollick
By Michael Pollick
As a frequent contributor to HomeQuestionsAnswered, Michael Pollick uses his passion for research and writing to cover a wide range of topics. His curiosity drives him to study subjects in-depth, resulting in informative and engaging articles. Prior to becoming a professional writer, Michael honed his skills as an English tutor, poet, voice-over artist, and DJ.
Discussion Comments
By anon194469 — On Jul 08, 2011

The company "UkrElka" makes giant artificial Christmas trees from 3m. up to 120m, to be installed in urban areas.

By anon133902 — On Dec 12, 2010

Is it a good ideal to place your christmas next to your tv. My finace wants it next to the tv. And I feel it is not a good idea. Help!

By closerfan12 — On Nov 15, 2010

Could you give me any good tips on placing a Christmas tree in a small apartment? This is the first year that I'm planning on using a fresh Christmas tree; before this I've always used one of those LED fiber optic Christmas trees.

I've got the Christmas tree stand, which was a lot bigger than it looked once I got it back inside the apartment. I've got my bed near the window, so I can't really put the tree there, but where else would some good spots be?

I really want to go through with this, but I don't want to end up having to walk around a Christmas tree in the middle of the room!

Are there any good "surprise" Christmas tree spots in apartments that you know of?

By zenmaster — On Nov 15, 2010

One thing you might want to do before hitting up the Christmas tree growers is to take some measurements of your home.

Its really hard to keep the dimensions of your home in mind when you're outdoors looking at all those Christmas trees. I know I'm particularly bad for buying a Christmas tree that's too tall for my ceiling, since its really hard to just eyeball that height when you're in the moment.

So before you go out to buy your tree, you might want to scope out a few potential places, and then measure the general area. That way you don't end up with the cut-off pyramid shape Christmas tree like I do every year, or the odd, square shaped tree that you get when you have to cut off branches that are too wide.

Just a few tips from somebody who has been there way too many times...

By Planch — On Nov 15, 2010

Great article! I always go through the yearly debate on where I should put my Christmas tree. I always use fresh Christmas trees, so for me the real concern is where I can fit in my big Christmas tree stand!

If you're really stuck for options on placing your Christmas tree, I always think that the best option is near the window. It just makes me feel so happy to drive past a big picture window, seeing all those gorgeous Christmas tree decorations. Besides, there's nothing like a lighted Christmas tree for giving you a great mood-booster when you come home.

Although I don't use an artificial Christmas tree, I would remind people that if you do choose to use one, then you may want to keep it away from your curtains, especially if they're particularly flammable.

Although artificial Christmas trees are much safer these days, it's still not worth taking the risk that an odd spark could set your home on fire -- that's a Christmas that nobody wants!

Michael Pollick
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