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 compact. If you’re short on floor area, there are options that look full from the front but flat in the back. Pick one that suits your needs and space. Here are fun and fabulous alternatives that won’t compromise your decorating style.
The Flatback 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
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.
Christmas Mini Trees
Tiny but tree-mendously cute, 4-foot Christmas trees are perfect for small homes. They have a slim or full profile but don’t take up as much floor space compared to taller options. The slim version has a diameter of 24 inches while a full one has 29. That’s 11 to 17 inches slimmer than a regular 7-foot tree.
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The Pencil 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
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.
The Sparse Tree
The 1960s are making a comeback! This retro-inspired slim Christmas tree has tinsel needles for a sparkling display. Showcase your precious vintage ornaments with its sparse branches. It comes 6 feet tall and 32 inches wide making it a versatile centerpiece that fits most spaces.
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
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.
Another option is to complement your home décor 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.
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
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 decorations to cover the tree stand. To add visual interest, she complemented the tree with accents on the wall.
Another idea is to put them on platforms like a wooden crate. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
4. Don’t forget the accents.
Think beyond your artificial Christmas tree and add more decorative accents to your small home. However, don’t add large, clunky objects that will eat up precious space. Instead, use wreaths and garlands on the furniture you already have.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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. 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.
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