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Want to avoid the faff of a real tree this Christmas? Faux trees have come a long way in recent years, and House of Fraser has nailed it with this year's selection. Easy to assemble, absolutely mess-free and super cost-effective (these trees will last for countless Christmases to come) – if you haven't yet made the switch, you're missing a trick. Here's everything you need to know about choosing one...
Pick The Right Type
If you're a traditionalist looking for a seriously realistic faux pine tree, PE is the ultimate option – PE trees are made from models of real trees and have 3D needles for extra authenticity. PVC trees are the most affordable option, while trees made with a combination of PE and PVC are still realistic, but more purse-friendly. Really into your interiors? Snow-dusted flocked styles will complement pale décor, and twinkling twig designs are perfect for a minimalist take.
Top tip: For the ultimate fuss-free option, look to pre-lit trees – they look festive either decorated or simply left lit.
Find A Prime Position
Make sure your tree is somewhere where it can be seen and enjoyed, but where it isn’t blocking natural light or another good view like the fireplace or the window (or the TV!). Keep it away from major pathways to avoid people bumping into it and knocking off decorations as they pass. And remember, you don't have to have it in the living room; Christmas trees look great in hallways, dining rooms and kitchens, depending on your space.
Top tip: If you’re planning on lighting your tree, make sure you choose a position near a plug socket.
Select Your Size
Consider how a Christmas tree will fit in your chosen space; if it's too wide or tall, you could end up making the room look smaller. Make sure you know the height of your room before you buy one too — and when checking tree heights, ensure there's east a foot between the top of the tree and your ceiling so there’s room for a tree topper.
Top tip: Mark your floor with masking tape before you buy a tree to help work out which width will work for you.
Plus, House of Fraser have a wealth of affordable, tasteful decorations to dress your tree with too. Shop our favourites below...