If you’ve ever lived in tight quarters, you’ve had the panicked thought, “There’s nowhere to put the Christmas tree!”
Don’t worry, there is. But I get you. Nothing makes a small space feel smaller and more stressful, than cluttering it up trying to make room for more things–even if that thing is something fantastic and fun like a Christmas tree. I have lived in some small apartments in my time (480 square feet is my record) but we’ve always had a tree, so I want to share some realistic tips for finding the space without upending your living room.
A lot of guides provide suggestions that are great if you’re working with medium to small spaces, such as storing unneeded furniture, like end tables, to create some extra space, or consider putting your tree in a less traditional room like the dining room where you may be able to rearrange more easily.
Those are all good options, if they apply to your home–but for many people, they don’t. After years of apartment living, my first reaction to the idea of storing furniture away for the season is, “Where could I possible store my coffee table?”
When it comes to tiny spaces, that already took serious strategy furnish, a full-size tree just isn’t a viable idea. This is also true if you have a larger space when, while you could rearrange for a larger tree, you’re unwilling to live in a crowded room for a month and a half–which is totally fair. Here are some things you can do instead of stressing about where to put your tree.
Go for a tiny tree. Standard Christmas trees are pretty huge and always take up more space than you expect. If you need the height for your ornaments, consider a pencil tree. You can still have a seven foot tall tree, but you reduce the diameter from 55 inches to 20 or less. Read my guide to the best pencil Christmas trees of 2017.
Go even smaller. Mini trees might be an even better option if you can’t find space for a pencil tree or half tree. Read my guide to the best tabletop Christmas trees for trees that can fit almost anywhere.
Skip the 3D tree. I’m not saying don’t have a tree, but consider having a really flat one. Vinyl wall decals, while a little tricky to put up, are a great way to get the look and size of a standard Christmas tree but in 2D. Wall vinyls won’t hurt your paint and most are reusable. It’s easier to make wall space than it is to make floor space, so wall Christmas trees of all sorts are a good direction to go in when space is limited.
There are some stellar ones out this year including Build a Christmas Tree which comes with the tree decal and separate ornaments so you can still plan an evening around decorating your tree. Or this really neat Pre-Lit Christmas Tree Decal by Wallflower which comes in six or eight feet tall and has 100 working LED lights incorporated into the decal so you can still turn your tree on and off.
Try a happy medium. If you can make some wall space, but really want a 3D, traditionally shaped Christmas tree–half trees, also called flat back trees, are here to the rescue. These are Christmas trees that literally look like they’ve been cut in half. This allows you to push them all the way up against the wall, cutting the space you need for a tree in half while not sacrificing the classic Christmas tree look. If you still can’t find the floor space, some half Christmas trees can be wall mounted.
Half trees come in all shapes and sizes. Some are as large as full-size trees and other are small enough that you can hang them on a wall like a picture. Let’s take a look at the best half and flat back Christmas trees around.
1. Vickerman Westbrook Pine 6.5 Foot Half Christmas Tree
This half Christmas tree by Vickerman will give you the look of a full-size tree with lots of room for ornaments. It’s 6.5 feet tall and 52 inches wide which is an expected width for a full-size tree, so you’ll want to measure out your space to make sure you have room for something that wide. Because it’s only half a tree, these won’t ever look quite as full as a tree with both halves, but the Westbrook Pine comes close with 957 branch tips. For comparison, it’s not unusual to find full trees with around 1000 branch tips. Creative and thorough fluffy makes a huge difference with any artificial tree.
This half tree comes with a hinged metal stand with three feet, but it’s best to anchor the tree to the wall, even with just a nail and some wire or string to make sure it won’t flop over on you, especially if you want to load it down with ornaments. The Westbrook Pine Half Christmas Tree is unlit, 6.5 feet tall, and is also available in a 7.5 feet tall. but Vickerman also makes a Pre-Lit version in 6.5 feet, 7.5 feet, and a towering nine feet tall with 1793 branch tips if you don’t feel like stringing your own lights.
Price: From $134.99
2. Classic 3 Foot Pre-Lit Wall Christmas Tree
If you’re looking for something smaller, easier, and that doesn’t require any extra decoration, this three foot pre-lit wall tree might be perfect for you. Three feet is not too small and not too big to fit on your wall. You can even hang it on your front door because it’s safe for both indoor or outdoor use. The half tree is decorated with red berries and pinecones and has a bright red bow in place of a stand or tree skirt. Two D batteries (not included) power 50 LED lights that you can turn on manually or use the pre-programmed timer to turn your tree on for six hours and have it automatically turn itself off for the other 18 hours of the day.
3. Northlight 6.5 Foot Pre-Lit Canyon Pine Half Wall Christmas Tree
This 6.5 foot half tree has unique thin, spiky needles that resemble a real pine tree. At 45 inches wide at the base, it’s a slimmer tree than some others, and a good choice if other full-size half trees are a bit too big for your space. It’s pre-lit with 150 clear lights and breaks down into five pieces for easy storage. The stand has three legs for stability, but you’ll still want to anchor it to wall for safety. It has 579 branch tips, but because those branches have wide, thin needles, it looks fuller than you’d think for that number of tips. This tree includes replacement bulbs and fuses so you can use it year after year.
4. Vickerman 7 Foot Pre-Lit Minnesota Alpine Style Half Wall Christmas Tree
I’m partial to alpine Christmas trees because since the trunks are more visible in the sparse alpine style, they normally skip the metal poles we’re used to and go with real wood. It has a much more natural, realistic look to it that goes well with the thinner branch-type that you see on evergreen trees in the wild. At seven feet tall, this is no small tree, and it has width of 41 inches. It breaks apart into four pieces for storage and is pre-lit with 300 clear bulbs, the type that if you pull one bulb out, the rest stay on. With 648 branch tips, it’s full for an alpine tree and a nice happy medium.
5. Vickerman 2 Foot Pre-Lit Country Mixed Pine Half Christmas Tree
This two foot tall half tree from Vickerman is meant for wall hanging only and doesn’t come with a stand. It’s 24 inches wide at the base, which makes it a fairly stout two foot tree. The bottle brush needles are a combination of light and dark green for a realistic look and the tree is dotted with real pinecones and grapevines giving it a rustic feel. It’s pre-lit with 35 clear lights and has 73 bushy tips and will need so proper fluffy to give it that full look. There isn’t a base with this tree, so you’ll want to plan to attach it to a wall. This is a perfect choice for a cabin, country, or rustic atmosphere.