What Size Christmas Tree Do I Need?

How to pick the right wreath and tree size

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.
Choose the right size Christmas tree for your room

Height

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.

8-Foot Ceilings

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.

9-Foot Ceilings

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.

10-Foot Ceilings

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.

Shape

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.

Find all of our Christmas Trees online, and get inspired for Holiday Decorating by browsing our Pinterest boards.

 

Patricia Palermo

Patricia Palermo has been writing about home décor and design since 1999, which is when she first learned the term faux bois. She's passionate about helping others find their design style, because she believes with a little know-how and inspiration, anyone can decorate with confidence. Patricia has a degree in Journalism and lives in Atlanta with her husband and four-year-old twins.

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28 Comments

  1. Reply

    Lisa

    January 5, 2017
     

    What size tree skirt should I have for a 12 foot tree??

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      Caroline McDonald

      January 5, 2017
       

      Lisa,
      The height isn’t so much the measurement to consider, it’s the width. You’ll want your tree skirt to extend a minimum of three inches out from the widest part of your tree, and since taller trees tend to be fatter, we suggest at least a 60 inch skirt!

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    Jill

    November 30, 2016
     

    I have cathedral ceilings in my living room, not sure how high but very high. I want to buy a 10 ft real tree this year. How much depth / diameter will this need? Thanks, Jill

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      Caroline McDonald

      December 1, 2016
       

      Jill,
      This really depends on the actual tree you buy since real trees vary so much! I would suggest measuring the area where your tree will live in your home, then take your measurements and measuring tape to the Christmas tree lot and measure while you’re there to be sure the one you pick out will fit. Most Christmas tree farms will let you take the mesh off so you can see how the limbs fall.
      Best of luck!

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    Ashley Dempsey

    November 3, 2016
     

    any idea what size topper should be used for a 9ft tree in a room with vaulted ceilings? I currently have a 12″ moravian star but not sure if it’ll look too small for the space?

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      Caroline McDonald

      November 15, 2016
       

      Ashley,
      Your Moravian Star topper sounds pretty! 12″ seems like a reasonable size to work with your large, 9 foot tree. As an example, we use our Venetian Tree Topper on 9 foot trees and it’s 11.5 inches tall. It’s plenty large enough in scale!
      Happy Decorating!

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    Carol Harris

    January 3, 2016
     

    I am trying to replace a string of lights that I purchased about 3 years ago. It is made up of a series of small lights on tentacles which radiated from the main cord. It has a setting for different light patterns and had to be individually plugged in. Purchased along with sparkling garlands and gold ornaments which were displayed on one of your themed trees in a sales catalogue. There was a ruffled burlap tree skirt and table cover that complimented the theme.Also, White Owls 6″ and 10″ feathered owls. Do you still sell any of these? I can’t find on the website.

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    Kris

    November 5, 2015
     

    Our ceilings are 9’8″ so we are between the 7.5′ and the 9′ tree. What do you suggest?

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      Caroline McDonald

      November 15, 2016
       

      Kris, we would suggest airy on the smaller side. A 9 foot tree would likely feel cramped if you only have 8 inches of clearance.

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