15 December 17

How To Solve The Biggest Problems When Storing Your Christmas Tree

There is a common misconception that Christmas trees are expensive. When broken down, even the large upfront cost of a nice artificial Christmas tree is minimal when thought of as the cost per year of a tree’s lifespan. At least that is the case when the tree is properly taken care of.  

On average, households need a new artificial tree once every couple of years because the lights keep going out, the branches keep falling apart, or the flocking (fake snow) on the tree falls off. One of the biggest causes of these issues can be attributed to improperly storing your artificial Christmas tree.

So how should you be storing your tree then? The cardboard box that your tree comes in may seem like the best solution, in fact, it’s probably what you’ve always used; but the tree never quite fits back in that box does it? The problem is, those boxes are barely big enough to fit your artificial tree when it is perfectly unfluffed and compressed right after manufacturing. As soon as you fluff your tree, you will never be able to get it as small, or as un-fluffed as before. No matter how much duct tape you put around that box, no matter how hard you push that tree into its box, you’re still going to have a bulging box that is crushing the lights, tearing off the flocking, and having one of the poles from the tree trunk poking out of a hole torn into the cardboard.


Proper Artificial Christmas Tree Storage

By now, you must know that your cardboard box only has one good use, and that is to be recycled. Toss that cardboard box out and invest in an artificial Christmas tree storage bag.

The steps below outline a few things to consider when choosing the perfect bag to store your tree:


Tree Size - It’s not just the height:

Many people only consider the height of their Christmas tree, but there are different widths of trees as well. The width, often referred to as the tree’s girth, is measured at the base of the tree, where it is the widest. While there is no standard to these widths, we see 3 typical categories in which they fall into: Slim (aka narrow, skinny), Regular (aka traditional, medium, standard), and Wide (aka full, XL, Girth).

Always read the product details to verify, but as a general rule of thumb:

Topiary & Foyer bags:
Fit: Under 6 ft Tall - For Topiary Trees and Foyer Trees
Medium bags:
Fit: 6ft - 7.5ft Tall - Slim or Regular Base
Large bags:
Fit: 7.5ft Tall - Wide Base, 9ft Tall - Slim or Regular Base
XLarge bags:
Fit: Up to 9ft Tall -  Slim, Regular, or Wide Base
XXL Bags:
Fit: 12ft - 15ft Tall - Slim, Regular, or Wide Base


The Orientation of Storage:

In the past, most people took their tree apart to fit the tree into their tree storage container and then stored the tree by laying it down flat; However, a newer trend is to leave the sections of the tree stacked and to store the tree vertically. There are a number a reasons this can be beneficial, such as limited storage space, ease of storage (minimal teardown or setup), etc.; This method of Upright tree storage isn’t for everyone though, so knowing whether you plan to store your tree vertically, or horizontally is important when choosing the right Christmas tree storage container.


Decorated or Undecorated:

Often, when someone has a tree professionally decorated, the ornaments will be attached to the tree with wire ties to keep them in the correct place. Doing this is great so that you don’t have to re-pay each year to have it decorated; However, this method doesn’t allow you to fold up the branches on the tree. Because the decorated tree cannot be disassembled for storage, it needs to be stored upright and fully decorated / fully set up. The best way to protect your tree while storing it this way is to use our Pro Decorated Tree Storage Bag by TreeKeeper™ bags.


Materials, Wheels, and Other Features:

Quality material is important if you want your artificial tree storage bag to last for years, as well as to properly protect your Christmas tree. Chances are, if it's too inexpensive, or looks cheap, then it will have thin, terrible quality material. Every tree storage bag at Christmas World uses high quality, thick material (usually a durable polyester), that protects from rips and tears, keeps your tree safe, and is easy to wipe clean.  

Wheels may not be necessary for all instances but for larger trees, wheeling the bag around is much easier than trying to carry an oversized bag around. For upright tree bags, we suggest adding a rolling tree stand or purchasing one of the TreeKeeper™ bags pro series upright tree storage bags, which come with a tree stand with wheels included.

There are a few more features that will make your life easier and allow you to store your Christmas tree like a pro. Nothing is more frustrating than packing up your tree, trying to move the storage bag, and having your handles break; Make sure the carrying handles are reinforced, or purchase worry-free from Christmas World because you know that we only sell high-quality tree storage bags that use reinforced carrying handles.

Change is scary and even though you know a cardboard box is a terrible way to store your tree, wouldn’t you feel more comfortable knowing that your new tree storage bag is warrantied? All storage products purchased from Christmas World are protected by a one-year warranty against manufacturer’s defects.


A few last tips for proper artificial tree storage:

Keep in a dry area. Though your tree may be artificial, nothing is perfect. Whether it be the needles on the tree, the wiring and lights, or something else, water or humidity can harm your tree; So if possible, you should store your Christmas tree indoors, in a dry and less-humid area.

Label everything! When storing any Christmas decoration, adding labels to your Christmas storage containers will make finding and organizing your decor easy for you the following year. Many of our holiday storage containers feature an ID tag holder, making labeling for easy identification as simple as can be.

Trees aren’t the only thing that should be stored in protective storage containers; Wreaths, Garlands, Ornaments, Collectibles such as nutcrackers, and more are all typically stored incorrectly. Not to worry, we have the perfect Christmas Storage containers to protect all your holiday decor!

If you have any questions about storing your tree, or about what the perfect storage option is for you and your tree, feel free to contact us. Any of us here at Christmas World would be happy to help you out!