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How to Choose an Artificial Christmas Tree

A quality artificial Christmas tree can be almost as beautiful as a natural tree—and can save you a lot of time, money, and effort.


  • Step 1: Choose a spot Choose a spot for your tree that is free from obstructions and away from potential fire hazards such as heating vents and fireplaces.
  • Step 2: Measure the ceiling Measure the height of the room carefully, as it is crucial. When determining what size tree will fit, remember to account for the height of both the stand and the ornament you'll put on the top.
  • Step 3: Measure the floor Measure the floor space where you will put your tree. Choosing the height and width you want is especially important when investing in an artificial tree.
  • TIP: Consider the dimensions of the room—a massive tree will make a small room feel cramped.
  • Step 4: Decide what kind Decide what kind of tree you want—one that looks natural, or is hot pink your style? Do you want a miniature or upside-down tree? Do you want artificial scent? What about a pre-lit and/or pre-frosted tree with professional-quality lighting? The sky's the limit.
  • TIP: Since artificial trees are a big investment, make sure you can live with your choice for many years—and check the warranty.
  • Step 5: Set a budget Set a budget. On average, a fake tree is less than twice the cost of a real tree. Do you want a cheap artificial one so you can change colors every few years—or will this tree become a family heirloom?
  • Step 6: Follow the directions Read the directions and warnings that come with your tree. Though much safer than natural trees, artificial trees can be a fire hazard, too, if proper precautions are not taken.
  • TIP: Many tree stands are too large for artificial trees—if your tree needs a stand, make sure it's the right size.
  • Step 7: Decorate Time to string the popcorn!
  • FACT: The modern artificial Christmas tree was developed in the 1930s by the Addis Brush Company using the same technology they were using to make toilet brushes.

You Will Need

  • A tape measure

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