Limited Space? How To Incorporate A Christmas Tree

Tom Gaffey
by Tom Gaffey
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It just doesn’t feel like Christmas until there is a decorated and well-lit tree in the home. A Christmas tree certainly brings lots of joy and is the most iconic decoration of the holiday season. It is also usually where presents are stacked and opened up by families and loved ones as they gather around the tree on Christmas morning. For these and other reasons, having a Christmas tree can feel necessary, but what about when your space is limited?

If you want a Christmas tree but have limited space, find a narrow artificial tree, or decorate an existing tree or houseplant in the home. Buy several wreaths and ample garlands instead of a tree. Make a DIY tree using tinsel and ornaments, or create a tree shape using Christmas lights. You can also rearrange your furniture, or buy small table-top trees that can fit almost anywhere.

If you have a small living space you might think having a Christmas tree isn’t possible. Sure, smaller homes are harder to fit a large Christmas tree, but there are plenty of ways to incorporate a Christmas tree of some kind. Keep reading to see some of the best ways to fit a Christmas tree into your home when you don’t have a lot of space.

9 Ways To Incorporate A Christmas Tree When Space Is Limited

1. Buy A Narrow Artificial Tree

If you want a Christmas tree but don’t have much space for one, the odds are you are worried about the tree’s width. After all, most home ceilings are at the very least 7 feet tall, which is more than enough space for a tree as far as height goes. While it might be a challenge to find a real evergreen that is both plush and narrow in circumference, you should have no problem locating a full yet thin artificial tree.

The best way to go about shopping for a narrow artificial tree is to first measure the space where you are hoping to put it. Then look online for a tree that has a similar width. Ensure you allow a buffer of about 6 inches or more, so you have three inches in all directions. You don’t want your tree brushing up against a wall or the furniture.

2. Re-arrange Furniture For The Season

Another solution to fitting a Christmas tree in your home when your space is limited is to do some seasonal re-arranging. Just because you can’t fit a Christmas tree with your current home layout, it doesn’t mean you can’t move things around a bit.

You can move couches, coffee tables, and other large items to make room for the tree. You can even store end tables, or move a larger furniture item into your bedroom for the holiday season. Making just a few adjustments is enough to create space to fit a modest-sized tree.

3. Decorate An Existing Tree Or Houseplant

If you don’t have much extra space in your apartment, but already have a tree or large houseplant in the home, then you might want to spend some time decorating it instead. If you have a large houseplant or low-maintenance tree that does well indoors, it can be fun and practical to add various types of Christmas lights, ornaments, and even garland to this plant.

Since the idea of decorating a houseplant or indoor tree is already unique, there is no limit to the type of decorations you can add, so you might as well go big and over the top. This is not a traditional Christmas tree look, but it does provide you with a great place to put presents throughout the holiday season, is great for stringing lights, and does not take up any additional space in the home.

4. Create A Tree Shape On A Wall Using Christmas Lights

If you have no floor space to spare at all, then you might not be able to squeeze a tree into any room no matter how much you move things around. But just because you don’t have floor space, it doesn’t mean you can’t use your walls to create the illusion of a Christmas tree this winter.

Christmas lights of all types are perhaps the easiest decoration to find. There are also tons of Christmas lights varieties for a range of budgets and aesthetics. You can hang string lights to create a tree pattern on your wall using adhesive hooks, tacks, or other methods (depending on what is best for your wall). This is a fun way to create the illusion of a Christmas tree even when you have no space in your apartment. It is also a budget-friendly option.

5. Decorate An Outdoor Tree Or Put Your Tree Outdoors

If you have limited space inside your home for a Christmas tree, but have an outdoor area, then consider putting your tree outside. If you hardly use your outdoor deck or small patio space in the winter, then place the tree there.

You can use a real or artificial tree and add lights and ornaments. You won’t put the gifts outside, but you will still get to enjoy gazing at the lit tree at night through a window and have fun decorating it.

If you have any pine trees outside, you can decorate those as well. This is a fun way to decorate the outside, for the neighbors to see, and helps fill the void of not having a decorated tree in the home.

6. Go Bigger On Other Decorations Instead

Another option for decorating this holiday season is to skip the tree and go bigger and more elaborate on similar evergreen decorations this year. There are many different decorations you can choose from and find at various retail locations that are alternatives to Christmas trees.

Two of the best and most accessible options are Christmas wreaths and garlands. Wreaths and garlands are easy to hang on doors, along windows, and throughout the home. They are often made of pine, and provide the same appeal, as they are vibrant green and have a distinct evergreen smell.

7. Build A DIY Wall Tree Using Tinsel And Ornaments

If you want a fun DIY project as you prepare to decorate for Christmas, consider making a wall tree decoration. There are many directions you can go with this project, depending on your time and budget.

Perhaps the easiest and most budget-friendly is making a tree design using thick green tinsel garland and some ornaments. Create a tree using slight zig-zag patterns with the garland. Afterwards, you can hang some ornaments to give it the full effect. Just make sure the ornaments you select are lightweight, so they don’t fall or make the decoration sag.

8. Buy Small Tabletop Trees

If you have almost no space but want a real Christmas tree of some sort, then opt for small tabletop trees. These trees are usually found in nurseries and other places that sell plants year-round. They can be anywhere from one to three feet high.

They are excellent as centerpieces on dining room tables, and even as larger decorations on coffee and end tables. You can add lights, ornaments, or simply a bow. You can buy multiple of these smaller trees for most of the rooms in your home to make up for not having one large tree.

9. Put A Tree In The Corner Of Your Largest Room

If you can’t decide how to fit a tree into your home but are adamant about making this dream a reality, then opt for a corner. Corner spaces are usually less utilized, and great for a tree-shaped object. Often you just need to shift a couch or move an end table or lamp to create enough space in a corner. This will also help minimize the impact the tree has on your small space. Because in the end, you want to feel the spirit of Christmas, without feeling claustrophobic.

Concluding How To Fit A Christmas Tree With Limited Space

Fitting a Christmas tree in your home when you have very little free space can be quite challenging, but it is never impossible. Even when your space is limited you might still be able to fit a narrow tree in the corner, especially if you rearrange some furniture for the season.

You might also want to think about decorating an existing tree or houseplant, or opt for some nice Christmas wreaths and garlands instead, as they can hang from the walls. You can even create a DIY tree on your wall using tinsel or Christmas lights.

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Tom Gaffey
Tom Gaffey

Tom Gaffey is an expert writer who currently resides in Washington D.C. Tom has a passion for real estate and home improvement writing, as well as travel and lifestyle writing. He lived the last twelve years in Hawaii where he worked closely with luxury resorts and event planners, mastering his knowledge of aesthetics and luxury products. This is where he found his passion for home improvement and a keen interest in DIY projects. Currently, Tom resides in Washington D.C, and also working on his debut fiction novel.

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