I always say it is better to make an educated decision that one that is just on a whim, and with artificial Christmas trees I believe this holds true. Sure, you could go online, look at a few trees, and chose the one that looks the best to you. You may or may not end up with a great tree if you do it that way, but if you consider the factors outlined in this buying guide your chances of choosing the perfect tree for your home will improve significantly.
Tree Size Matters
One of the first things that you need to consider when shopping for an artificial tree is the size of the space where you will put it. The height of the ceiling is particularly important; it may be tempting to get that regal looking 10-foot artificial tree that you have your eye on, but in reality if your ceiling is only 8 feet that tree just will not fit. Take measurements of both the height and the width of the area where you intend to put your tree and use them to help you determine what size your tree should be.
You should always leave sufficient room to accommodate your tree topper as well as your tree stand, so if your ceiling is 8-foot the tallest tree you should look at should be one 7-foot or maybe 7.5-foot. Ideally, you want to have at least 6 inches of free space so that your room does not look overcrowded or stifled by your tree. Don’t forget about the width! You will need enough space so that you can freely move around the tree unless you intend to place it in a corner; in that case you only need to make sure that the branches are not going to be pressed against the walls and there is enough room for presents to go under the tree.
The Type of Materials
Would you prefer to get a good tree for a great price or are you out to the most realistic fake tree you can find? Either of these options will typically lead you to a tree that is made of a particular material. PVC (poly vinyl chloride) and PE (poly ethylene) are the two materials that are usually used to make artificial Christmas trees. PVC trees are known to be more affordable, they are available in a wide variety of options, and they are very flexible. PE trees are noticeably more real looking, visually appealing, and come with higher price tags.
Pre-lit or not pre-lit? That is the question. Pre-lit artificial Christmas trees are wildly popular because they are practically ready straight out the box. You can normally assemble the tree, plug it in, and fill your house with holiday cheer in 5 minutes or less with one of these pre-lit trees. What’s more, they usually come with hundreds of high-quality lights that are professionally strung so they will look amazing the minute you turn the lights on. To purchase these quality tree lights on your own can be very expensive, and to string them up yourself can sometimes be a hassle.
On the other hand, many people rather enjoy being able to string up their tree with lights by themselves or with their loved ones. Putting lights and ornaments on the Christmas tree is a valuable holiday tradition for many. If you fall into this category then obviously you will not want to get a pre-lit tree. A tree that comes already decorated with lights will rob you of the many precious memories that can be created when you and your loved ones decorate the tree together.
Fire Safety First
Each year there are over 200 homes in the U.S. that report fires related to Christmas trees. For this reason many artificial Christmas trees are made with flame resistant materials; you should always check to ensure that a tree is labeled as being fire retardant before you even consider buying it. When it comes to your safety, you don’t want to take any chances. Even with fire retardant trees, when you are setting them up in your home make sure that you do not position them close to any source of flame like candles or fireplaces.
Keep these factors in mind when you are shopping for an artificial Christmas tree and you will be able to get the best tree for your individual home. You don’t want your tree to arrive only to find out that it is too tall for your living room. And maybe your family wouldn’t want you to get a Christmas tree with lights when they have been waiting all year to decorate the tree with you. These are all important things that you should consider if you are to make an educated decision, which is usually the best kind to make.