Artificial trees, sometimes known as fake trees, are a modern convenience. There will be no more strewn needles, sap, or water. Christmas trees are a staple of holiday decor almost everywhere.
Some individuals dislike the hassle and mess of a live tree, while others suffer from allergies that prevent them from owning one. We have a large selection of artificial Christmas trees in a variety of sizes and price ranges to fit any budget, but how do you pick the right one?
PE vs. PVC: What's the Difference?
It's no secret that PVC has been considered standard for Christmas trees for decades; until recently, the bulk of artificial Christmas trees on the market were made entirely of PVC (polyvinyl chloride).
To make realistic tree needles, colored sheets of compressed PVC are cut into long flat rectangular forms before being strung between two threads of wire to pose as tree branches. While false PVC trees appear to be natural from a distance, the rectangular structure of the needles causes them to appear exceedingly fake up close. Despite this, because they are so inexpensive, they remain a popular alternative to genuine Christmas trees.
PE (Polyethylene) trees, on the other hand, are now widely regarded as the sole material capable of replicating the appearance of a real Christmas tree.
Unlike PVC Christmas trees, which are cut-out PVC material, PE trees are injection molded and entirely 3 dimensional utilizing actual tree branches, resulting in a realistic-looking Christmas tree in seconds. As a result, the 3D needles are far more realistic than standard flat PVC needles. To put it another way, the more PE you have, the more lifelike your tree will be!
PE Christmas trees, on the other hand, are believed to be a little more expensive than standard PVC trees, which is why PVC trees are still so popular today.
Choosing the Correct Size
Take a moment to consider where you want to put your Christmas tree before you head down the online shopping rabbit hole. Use a tape measure to determine the height and width of the area where you plan to place your tree. Though most artificial trees won't cause too much of an issue in terms of ceiling height, you should double-check your measurements. You could have more room than you thought to purchase the colossal tree of your dreams.
Tree Height and Tree Toppers
You don't want to buy an 8' tall fake Christmas tree just because you have an 8' ceiling. Here are a few reasons why buying a tree that is the exact same height as your ceiling isn't a good idea:
- Measure the height of an existing topper, such as an angel or star, then subtract it from the ceiling height to find the maximum tree height you can utilize.
- Allow at least 10" to 12" for a topping as a rule of thumb.
- Allow at least an inch between the topper and the ceiling for visual appeal.
Width of Tree
The widths of artificial trees include, full, slim, narrow & flatback (great for corners).
- To avoid the tree looking packed into the space, add three to six inches to your measurement.
- The more space you have around the tree, or on either side, the easier it will be to decorate and place gifts beneath it.
- The majority of companies provide actual tree width measures. Check to see if it will fit in your space.
Fake Christmas Trees: Types and Materials
Once you've determined the height and width of your artificial Christmas tree, you may consider the sort of tree you'd like it to resemble, as well as the style of tree you think will look best in your home.
Types of Trees
There will be some difference within each artificial tree line that you look at because each retailer has their own designs for the trees that they create. Some of these designs have even been trademarked. The industry, on the other hand, usually agrees that there are three excellent tree species to reproduce its trees after:
- Fir: The bottom branches are wide and have soft flat needles that are turned down.
- Spruce: The branches grow upturned. The needles of this type of trees are short, stiff and square.
- Pine: The branches of the pine grow upward. The needles form clusters that radiate from a central point. Red pines contain two needle clusters, whereas white pines have five.
Artificial Christmas Trees in Popular Styles
Another factor to consider is the type of tree you choose. Artificial trees are available in a variety of styles, including the following:
- Green: Of all the tree varieties, a green tree has the most natural, organic appearance and appears to be the most authentic.
- Flocked: Although the amount of snowfall varies, the limbs look to be blanketed in snow.
- Tinsel/aluminum: The tinsel tree, which was popular in the 1960s' space age-influenced society, has made a nostalgic resurgence. The gleaming needles reflect various forms of light, particularly the lights from the Christmas tree.
- Feather: Some feather trees, such as goose, are made of real feathers, while others are composed of synthetic feathers. These are available in a variety of hues, and some even have glittering feathers. The majority of these are tabletop heights, with most being no more than 30"
- Colored Trees: Buying fake Christmas trees in uncommon hues like purple, pink, blue, or white is one of the most exciting things about them.
- Pre-Decorated: Some individuals like to find pre-decorated Christmas trees to save time and money on ornaments; unfortunately, this means that you can't change the way your tree appears every year if you enjoy doing so.
Density of trees
The 'fullness' of a tree is referred to as the density of a Christmas tree. The visual density of an artificial Christmas tree is influenced by factors such as how densely its branches are packed, the number of branches it has, the shape of its foliage, and so on.
The density of an artificial Christmas tree is determined by counting the number of branch tips on the tree. Take a look at how to perform these computations from the comfort of your own home.
Extras, Tips, and Trends
The most popular varieties of fake Christmas trees and lights fluctuate over time, just like home décor trends. For example, a few years ago, multi-colored lights were the rage for pre-lit trees. Today, transparent lights in incandescent and warm white LEDs are becoming more popular.
Multi-function and color-changing lights are also becoming increasingly popular. Different light settings are available on these pre-lit trees, which may be readily changed using a remote, inline controller, or foot pedal control.
Many people select thin tree types because they are downsizing – either their homes or their belongings and storage areas. One-plug architecture and self-shape memory wire trims are two examples of a convenience trend.
You can discover an artificial Christmas tree that will work well for you this holiday season and beyond, regardless of your space or style choices. After the tree has been set up, it's time to get creative. Bring out your handcrafted and mixed-and-matched ornaments, or go shopping for new, fashionable ornaments that will be in style this year. Have a wonderful holiday season!