Give your live Christmas tree the support and stability it needs during the holiday season by placing it in a Christmas tree stand. There are many Christmas tree stands to choose from, so think about size, the water basin and number of bolts when selecting the perfect one.
Considerations for Christmas Tree Stands
Size: The size and width of your tree is an important factor to consider when searching for Christmas tree stands. Standard Christmas tree stands support trees up to 7 feet tall. Check the manufacturer’s guidelines to find out if a stand can accommodate taller Christmas trees. If you do have a taller tree, look for Christmas tree stands with a circular base. A stand with a wide, circular Christmas tree base provides better stabilization, preventing your room’s star attraction from tipping over while also keeping it perfectly aligned.
Water Basin: To keep your tree hydrated throughout the holiday season, look for Christmas tree stands that can hold the recommended amount of water your tree needs. Trees that are 6 feet tall require about a gallon of water a day, while taller trees need around 1.5 to 1.75 gallons a day. Be sure to water your tree every day. A dry Christmas tree is a major fire hazard. Plus, not watering your Christmas tree will cause it to shed its pine needles and lose its brilliance.
Number of Bolts: When looking for Christmas tree stands, you’ll notice the base is equipped with a certain number of bolts that work together to securely hold the tree trunk. These bolts can be easily adjusted to position your tree horizontally and vertically. For an even distribution of pressure, look for Christmas tree stands with at least four bolts.
Tips for Christmas Tree Bases
• Set up a system to avoid having to bend over and shuffle presents when watering your Christmas tree. Most waterers come with a funnel and plastic tube that flows water directly to your Christmas tree base. Some systems even include a sensor that monitors water levels in the tree stand.
• Look for fun and beautiful Christmas tree skirts and mats to cover your Christmas tree base. Skirts and mats are not only a stylish accent for your Christmas tree, but they also protect your floors from tree debris and spilled water.
Whether you have a live or artificial Christmas tree, Christmas tree stands are an essential component for displaying your holiday centerpiece. See our How to Set Up and Water Your Christmas Tree guide to help you get started.