Let’s admit it. Choosing and decorating an artificial Christmas tree is one of the most exciting highlights of the season. It’s a chance to get creative and inject your signature style into every detail. However, before you buy that tree you’ve been eyeing, consider whether its size suits your space. Here’s our Christmas tree height guide to help you out.

What height Christmas tree should I buy?

Woman in green dress decorating a white Christmas tree
Photo and decorations by Ann Shen

To figure out what Christmas tree height is right for your home, measure the area. This means getting the ceiling height and floor space. Usually, the taller an artificial Christmas tree, the wider it is.

We listed the tools you need and the steps to follow for proper measurement. Brace yourself: there will be a lot of math involved.

measuring tape on a blue background

Step 1. Prepare your measuring tools.

You will need:

  • A step-ladder
  • Measuring tape
  • Pen and paper
Man on a ladder measuring ceiling height

Step 2. Use the ladder to approximate how tall your ceiling is and subtract 6 inches to get your maximum Christmas tree height.

Measure the distance from the ceiling to the floor. Subtract 6 inches from this number for clearance. The difference will be the maximum height limit of your tree, including accessories like the topper and stand. For example, your ceiling height is 8 feet. If you subtract 6 inches, your maximum tree height (fully decorated) is 7.5 feet.

Person measuring floor space

Step 3. Get the total width and length of the display area.

Measure the width of the floor area that you plan to allot for the tree. Subtract a foot from this number for clearance. In that same space, measure the length of the floor area. Again, subtract a foot from this number.

Person writing down measurements

Step 4. Calculate the total square footage of the allotted space.

Multiply the width by the length of the floor area to get the total square footage that you have available for your tree. That number will be the maximum diameter of your tree.

A woman standing next to a pink Christmas tree
Pink Christmas tree by Shanna Lisa

Step 5. Keep these important reminders top of mind:

  • Consider the heights of the tree topper plus the tree stand plus the Christmas tree. When combined, does the number fall within your maximum available height?
  • Make sure that the tree width does not exceed the total square footage allowance. Just like height, retailers usually provide this number. Look for width or diameter in the product dimensions. This represents the widest part of the tree. This also serves as your guide on whether to choose a full, slim, pencil, or flatback profile.
  • Estimate the size of your ornaments beforehand as a guide on how many to use.

What Christmas Tree Height Works Where

Here’s a Christmas tree height cheat sheet to guide you:

HEIGHTWHERE TO PUT IT
4 to 5 feetTabletops, counters, studio apartments, small spaces
6 to 6.5 feetRooms with low to medium ceilings of 7-8 feet
7 to 7.5 feetAreas with standard ceilings of 8-10 feet
8 to 9 feetPlaces with high ceilings of 10-11 feet
10 to 12 feetSpaces with vaulted ceilings, two-story foyers, great rooms

Read on to see how how each size category fits in different areas of the home.

The All-around: 4 to 5 feet Christmas trees

Christmas trees with a height range of 4 to 5 feet are good accents for areas with limited space. These are popular choices for studio apartments and dorm rooms. Place one on top of a sturdy table. You can also display it on a kitchen countertop or in an empty corner.

An orange Christmas tree decorated with fall ornaments like leaves, acorns, and pinecones.
Orange tree décor by Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins placed her orange tree on top of an accent table. She used a crocheted afghan throw as a tree skirt and decorated the foliage with fall ornaments. The bright display complements the colors and design of the living room chairs.

Tip: Wondering how to increase Christmas tree height? For small trees, set them on a platform. Use a wooden crate, galvanized bucket, or wicker basket for a rustic look. Unique options are a reinforced pile of books or vintage candy tins. With smaller trees, you get to be creative beyond lights and ornaments.

A girl decorating her pink tree with a back-to-school theme
Deaf performance artist, Savannah Dahan, decorating her pink tree.

Apart from your centerpiece, display multiple smaller Christmas trees in other areas. Add one to a guest bedroom, another near your cozy reading nook, or your front porch. Put one in the kids’ room and let them in on the decorating fun.

Savannah Dahan decorated her pink tree for the coming school year. She used colorful art paper, black ribbon with an alphabet design, and clothespins.

This height range is also great for places other than home. Trees this size are more compact and easier to transport than a taller tree. Display one in your office to get your co-workers in a festive mood. There are many fun possibilities! Despite their small size, 4 to 5 feet trees are big on versatility and convenience.

The Best of Both Worlds: 6 to 6.5 feet trees

Six to 6.5 feet trees are ideal for small homes and apartments with low to medium ceilings of 7 to 8 feet. They’re a tad shorter than the average Christmas tree, but own the look of a full one.

A pink tree decorated for the Easter.
Easter tree by Paola Roder

Look at this 6-foot pink Christmas tree by designer Paola Roder. She displayed it in a corner of the dining room. While it’s shorter than the average tree, its full shape more than makes up for its height. The paper ornaments and Easter eggs add dimension to the tree.

A white pencil Christmas tree in the corner
This white pencil tree fitted in a small corner of a dining area.

For tighter spaces that can’t accommodate the width of a full tree, a slim or pencil one does the trick. For instance, a white pencil tree has a maximum width of about 18 inches and fits in small corners. No major furniture rearrangement required with this space-saving solution!

The Average Joe: 7 to 7.5 feet trees

These are the most popular choice for medium-sized homes. They’re ideal for spaces with standard ceilings of 8 to 10 feet. Display one in your living room or foyer as your main holiday centerpiece. Since this is a favorite among Christmas tree heights, there’s a tree-mendous variety of shapes available.

A flocked tree in the bedroom
Minimalist flocked tree by Shannon Henderson

Like Shannon Henderson, display a flocked tree of this height in a spacious bedroom. Coming in at 7.5 feet without a topper, there’s enough space between its tip and the ceiling.

A blue Christmas tree decorated with candy ornaments
Matt Crump’s blue Christmas tree

Matt Crump placed a 7.5-foot slim Christmas tree in the living room. It’s narrow enough to fit in a corner beside an archway without obstructing foot traffic. 

The Big League: 8 to 9 feet trees

This Christmas tree height is ideal for larger spaces with higher than usual ceilings of about 10 to 11 feet. Make it your main attraction if you have a vaulted ceiling or extra vertical space available. Place it outdoors on your porch or patio as your statement holiday décor. The grander, the better!

A flocked Christmas tree with nutcracker ornaments
Flocked tree by Emily Hagood

Emily Hagood takes advantage of her high ceilings and displays a 9-foot stunner in the foyer. A much bigger tree topper would still fit but for a winter wonderland theme, the top hat is a charming touch. 

A white Christmas tree decorated for Easter
White tree by Raquel Basil

An 8-foot Christmas tree is no less impressive. Raquel Basil put hers next to a large window and transforms the space into an Easter paradise.

Of Epic Proportions: 10 to 12 feet trees

Treetopia's No. 2 Pencil Christmas tree

Create an awesome holiday display with 10 to 12 feet Christmas trees. This height range works for two-story foyers, living rooms, and even outdoor spaces with high ceilings. Use it to create a major statement in public areas such as the office, commercial centers, churches, and more. Keep in mind that you’ll need a step ladder to decorate a tree as large as this.

After calculating and picking the right Christmas tree height for your space, it’s time to choose a color! Whether you already have one in mind or still undecided, try our Color Personality Test. It helps to have a second opinion especially when buying something that will last for years.

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With so many heights available, picking the right holiday centerpiece for your home can be overwhelming. We hope this Christmas tree size guide help you figure out which one to get. Share it with friends and family to help them land the artificial Christmas tree of their dreams. Happy shopping!

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