A small home shouldn’t get in the way of big cheer. The challenge is making the most of limited room for decorating. We say, get creative with Christmas trees for small spaces.

1. Choose a tree that fits.

Space-saving Christmas trees range from tall and slim to small and narrow. If you’re short on floor area, there are options that look full from the front but flat on the back. Pick one that suits your needs and space.

Here are fun and fabulous alternatives that won’t compromise your decorating style.

Christmas Mini Trees

Four foot pink Christmas tree
Essentials – Bubblegum Pink Tree by Ashley Izikson

Tiny but tree-mendously cute, a 4-foot Christmas tree is perfect for small homes. Choose one with a slim profile, so it doesn’t take up much floor space.

To give you a better visual, the diameter of each 4-foot tree from the Treetopia Essentials line is 24 inches. A full tree with the same height is 29 inches wide. In comparison, an average 7-foot full Christmas tree has a diameter of 50 inches or more.

Pastel rainbow Christmas tree
Rainbow Unicorn Christmas Tree

Here’s awesome news: Our 4-feet Rainbow Unicorn Christmas Tree is here! This latest addition to our Rainbow Collection has pastel foliage for a magical holiday display. Grab one now while it lasts!

Colorful tabletop trees
Mini Gumdrop Rainbow Trees
Pastel tabletop trees
Rainbow Unicorn Mini Christmas Trees

You know what’s even cuter? Treetopia’s Mini Gumdrop Rainbow Trees and Rainbow Unicorn Mini Christmas Trees! These 12-inch displays come in a set of seven shades. Despite their tiny size, they have full silhouettes with foliage made of 100% PVC needles.

Here’s more good news: Our Mini Gumdrop Rainbow Trees and Rainbow Unicorn Mini Christmas Trees have arrived. Get ahead of the busy season. Grab yours now before they sell out!

Tip: Check out our New Arrivals for more colorful selections!

The Flatback Tree

Picture of a half Christmas tree
My Better Half Christmas Tree

This half Christmas tree has your back! While the front is every bit as lush as a full tree, its back lies flat on a wall. This space-saver comes pre-lit with clear and multicolored LED lights.

The Corner Tree

Picture of corner Christmas tree
In Your Corner Christmas Tree

You’ll want this beauty in your corner. This Christmas tree is a quarter of a full one so it fits in nooks and crannies. Plus, lush foliage and professionally hand-strung lights make it every bit as eye-catching as a full tree.

The Pencil Tree

Green pencil Christmas tree
No. 2 Pencil Christmas Tree

If you can’t go wide, then aim high. The sleek and narrow profile of a pencil tree gives it a modern look. It also comes in a variety of heights from 6 to 12 feet. Choose from unlit or pre-lit options with clear and multicolored lights.

The Slim Tree

A slim and white Christmas tree
All Snowed in White Christmas Tree

If you can spare a little more space, consider a slim Christmas tree. Its profile is packed with dense needles for a lush look. Meanwhile, fully hinged branches ensure sturdy support for your ornaments.

2. Display your small Christmas tree in the appropriate location.

How much room do you have for a Christmas tree? Depending on available floor area, these space-saving Christmas trees are best displayed in certain spots. Here are some examples:

Nooks and Crannies

Corner tree in the dining room
Corner Tree by Vanessa of Tried and True Creative

Want your Christmas tree to stand out without obstructing foot traffic? Get inspired by Vanessa who placed a corner tree in her dining room. With its full profile, she was able to pack it with plenty of ornaments despite it being a quarter of a regular size.

Green pencil tree decorated for Christmas
Pencil Tree by Jennifer Perkins

Another option is to complement your small space with a narrow Christmas tree. Jennifer Perkins put a tall pencil tree between a sofa and table. Its slender profile doesn’t overwhelm the tiny space and the vibrant green serves as a focal point.

Bedroom and Walk-in Closet

If you’ve been dreaming about a bedroom Christmas tree but can’t find a good fit, go for a slim one. For instance, Lilly Jimenez placed a bright yellow tree beside her bed. It takes as much floor space as a regular nightstand except you’ll have 24/7 dose of sunshine.

A sparse tree with mid-mod decoration
Vintage décor by Sam Ushiro

Meanwhile, Sam Ushiro jazzed up her spacious walk-in closet with a tinsel tree. The tree’s sparkly branches go well with her Mid-Century Modern theme.

Tabletops and Platforms

Four-foot blue tree decorated with corals and shells
Blue tree by Savannah Dahan

If you need accents for your room, place 4-foot Christmas trees on top of furniture and platforms. Take inspiration from artist Savanah Dahan who placed her blue tree on top of a table. She used coastal ornaments to cover the tree stand. To add visual interest, she complemented the tree with decorations on the wall.

Yellow tabletop tree decorated with angel ornaments
Tabletop tree by Jennifer Perkins

Tabletop Christmas trees are also a quick and easy way to brighten up small spaces. Jennifer Perkins placed a yellow one on her shelf. It complemented the abstract painting and added more color to her white walls. She completed the vintage look with angel ornaments.

If you’re feeling sentimental, why not use tiny keepsakes you gathered throughout the years as ornaments? Or create personalized picture frames with photos of friends and family and attach it with strings. It’s all up to you.

Another idea is to put mini trees on platforms like wooden crates. Doing this adds to the tree’s height and gives you more room to be creative with your display. Madcap Cottage painted theirs turquoise to match their baby blue tree.

3. Carefully consider your decorations.

Think of the size and weight of your ornaments. For small Christmas trees, large and heavy ornaments can cause the branches to droop. For narrow ones, the tree may bend, if not topple over.

The general rule is to keep ornaments below 2 lbs each. But, it’s best to go lower when it comes to a small and narrow holiday centerpiece. Another trick is to tie your tree to the wall or any other solid base to give it extra support. 

Tree topper: Go big but go light

When using a large tree topper, make sure they’re made of lightweight material and anchored to the top of your tree. Also consider how they will draw attention from other decorations.

White Christmas tree with flamingo tree topper
Décor by Craft-o-maniac

Jennie Larsen used a floral piece and plastic pink flamingos for her white pencil tree. To offset the busy top, she went with minimal ornaments for the rest of her tree. Clear Christmas balls added shine while pink garlands gave it a pop of color.

Planet tree topper on a black Christmas tree
Black tree décor by Jenny Biggers

That said, the opposite works, too. Instead of reining it in, Jenny Biggers pulled out all the stops with her galactic-themed slim Christmas tree. Her 3D planet topper is made of Styrofoam and spray-painted in blue. Meanwhile, the rest of her tree is packed with blue and purple ornaments. There are Christmas balls with hand-written quotes, astronaut toy figures, and star accents.

Ornaments: Follow your heart but stick to a safe number

Go for any theme you want but also keep in mind how many pieces to put on your tree. It’s an intricate dance not to overwhelm a small centerpiece, so make it stand out using unique ornaments.

Ocean-inspired tree blue Christmas tree
Coastal motif by Savannah Dahan

As a marine conservationist, Savannah Dahan dedicated her 4-foot Christmas tree to the ocean. She used ornaments like seashells, corals, and glittered picks. The teal painting in the background matches her theme too.

Tip: What do you put in a mini Christmas tree? Stick to small and medium ornaments. A large one will not only look out of place, but will also cover a good portion of the tree. You want enough ornaments to properly execute your decorating theme.

Vintage-inspired ornaments on a tinsel tree
Retro-inspired ornaments by Sam Ushiro

If you feel like throwing it back to the golden era, then by all means do so. Get inspired by Sam Ushiro’s silver tree embellished with retro ornaments. The sparse branches showcase her starburst and fringe décor, and toy cars with tailfins. Meanwhile, the peach Christmas balls match the colors of her walk-in closet.

Let the color do the talking

Sometimes, your tree doesn’t need any ornaments at all! Keep it bare and let the colorful foliage do the work.

For example, Séamus & Angus lined their table with mini Christmas trees. With vibrant rainbow colors, they didn’t need any more embellishments. It’s safe to say the cat approves.

To ensure you get the right number, try our Ornament Calculator. This takes into consideration the height and shape of your tree, including the size of ornaments you want.

Christmas Tree Ornament Calculator
Click the image to calculate how much ornaments, ribbon, and tree picks you need.

4. Don’t forget the accents.

Think beyond your artificial Christmas tree and add more decorative accents to your small space. However, don’t add large, clunky objects that will eat up precious space. Instead, use wreaths and garlands on the furniture you already have.

Dinner party set up using wreath and garland
Décor by This Joyful Life

For instance, Vanessa looped a garland around her banister, near where her dinner party is set up. She also used it to spruce up her cupboard where she stored her extra wine and a charcuterie board. For a more festive vibe, she decorated her wall with a matching wreath.

Silver wreath and garland decorating a bar cart
Silver décor by A Kailo Chic

Another idea is to use your faux foliage on your bar carts. To make it more exciting, go for a colorful option like silver and pink. Kara Whitten went for a classic display with silver wreath and garland to complement her gold cart.

White wreath and pink garland for New Year
White and pink décor by Love, the Prosas

On the other hand, Stephanie Prosa chose a pastel motif for a unique New Year celebration. The charming display matched her rosé wine bottles and pink glasses.

Tip: Our collection of wreath and garlands are back in stock. Get a traditional green or a colorful one as early as now. You don’t want to get caught in the mad rush of the holiday season.

5. If there’s not enough space inside, then decorate outside.

Welcome guests with a front porch display that will get everyone in an instant awww-some mood. Hang a wreath on your door and wrap garlands around the frame, but make it cute and unique! These help play up your decorating theme.

Wreath with flowers and berries for ornaments
Wreath by Ann Shen

For example, Ann Shen’s wreath has elements like flowers and red berries to add a festive vibe. The mini house ornament, on the other hand, brings a personal touch.

Black 4-foot tree on a porch
Black tree and pumpkin décor by Oh Yay Studio

Meanwhile, Emily Steffen displayed a 4-foot black Christmas tree on her porch. To get that autumn appeal, she hung pumpkin ornaments on the branches. Even cuter, she stacked two pumpkins to make a fox statue.

After Thanksgiving, you can easily switch your décor from fall accents to a more holiday vibe. Use pinecones and berry picks on your tree, and replace the fox with Santa or Rudolph.

As a finishing touch, don’t forget to hang Christmas lights. Battery-operated ones would be best for covered outdoors. It’s a convenient set up that eliminates the need for electric sockets.

Need more help deciding? Check out our guide on different Christmas tree shapes below.

Which of these trees are you eyeing? Whether it’s a mini Christmas tree or a slim one, these space-savers make holidays unique and exciting. Grab your favorite before it’s gone.

Share this post with friends and family who need Christmas trees for small spaces. And, leave a comment below if you have more tips and tricks on dressing up tiny homes for the holidays.

Merry Christmas from our little corner of the internet to yours.

1 Comment

  1. Rebecca Langston Reply

    I really like the no. 2 pencil tree, the silk cream tree, and the baby blue pencil tree!

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