Where to put the Christmas Tree in a Small Home
Not every home has the space for a full-size Christmas tree, but where do you put one if you don't want to settle for a mini version?
The family Christmas tree deserves pride of place in the home, but if your home is on the small side, it can be difficult to decide where to put it. You want the Christmas tree to be the centrepiece or focal point in the room, but you don't want to have to move everything around just to achieve this. With this in mind, we offer a few solutions for placing the Christmas tree where it can still be seen and be showcased as the main attraction this festive season.
Purely for 'wow' factor, a bay window facing the front of the house is the ideal spot to place a Christmas tree, especially when lit with fairy lights, sparkly tinsel and shimmering ornaments visible from outside.
Working around the size of the room
Small living rooms, and of which there are plenty, can be a bit of a challenge when trying to find space for a Christmas tree. Most people tend the place the Christmas tree in a corner, where it is out of the way but can still be seen in all its lighted glory. But sometimes there isn't even enough space to place the tree in a corner and this is when you have to re-think the situation.
Tucked away in a corner of the room is the best place for a Christmas tree. It won't get in the way, and you shouldn't have to move too much furniture out of the room.
Putting the Christmas tree on a heavy table in front of a window keeps the tree out of reach and visible to all areas in the room.
Having been in the situation, where the open plan living - dining - kitchen area didn't have enough space for an extra table lamp never mind a Christmas tree, I understand that you need to be a little bit more creative. I tried positioning the tree on a coffee table in the corner, I even placed it on top of the media unit besides the TV before it finally ended up in a corner at the bottom of the staircase and this is where it sits year after year.
If you can get your hands on a tall, skinny Christmas tree, these take up far less space than a conventional Christmas tree and are perfect for the smaller room.
A miniature Christmas tree might not have the same impact as a full-size tree, but it still evokes a feeling of joy.
I suppose we could have opted for a mini Christmas tree, but when you have young children or like to entertain over the festive season, having a full-sized Christmas tree, whether artificial or real, is a must.
Place the Christmas tree in a corner of the room in a heavyweight container that will raise it off the ground and out of reach of curious fingers.
Safety factors to consider
Apart from finding the right location for the Christmas tree are the safety factors that need to be taken into consideration, especially if you have an artificial tree. There's no doubt that artificial trees are extremely flammable, so keep the following points in mind when looking for the best place to put the tree:
KEEP AWAY FROM FIRE
PROTECT WIRES AND POWER OUTLETS
SECURING THE TREE
When there are toddlers or young children in the home, or even pets, you might want to consider fastening the top of the tree to the ceiling with nylon line. This will prevent the tree from tipping over and causing serious harm. Alternatively, use garden fencing to close off around the Christmas tree.
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