After struggling with our artificial Christmas tree for so many years, I've decided that I want a real tree this year! Don't get me wrong, I love the convenience of my faux fir, but every year I swear the tree is getting fatter and the attic opening is getting smaller!
I miss the scent of a real Christmas tree that seems to drift throughout the house, bringing with it the excitement of the season. I realize I've also missed the vacuuming of dried needles several times, including all the ones that fall off when you water the tree! I may very well go right back to my fat tree in the attic, but for now I just want a real tree again.
Of course, the time to plan for it is before you pick out just the right one, so I'm starting early to find a stand for it. I'm on a mission to get the best Christmas tree stand for a real tree. I'd like to get one that will last for years to come and that won't make bringing in a real tree an ordeal!
The tree needs to be held firmly in place for the whole season, so the stand needs to be sturdy. It needs to hold an adequate amount of water so that you're not constantly adding water or worrying about drying out. I'm not particular whether it is made of metal or plastic, as long as it is well-built.
I really like the sturdiness of this stand and the large reservoir. Because it holds over a gallon of water, you won't have to be constantly concerned with your tree drying out. It has a 20 x 20 footprint, so the likelihood of anything tipping a Christmas tree over in this stand is very remote. Even though the company calls this their Medium-sized model, it will securely hold a tree up to 10 feet and 7 inches in diameter.
This tree stand definately has me intrigued! I really like the idea of putting the tree in the stand and securing it by pumping a foot pedal. It would be great for setup to be that quick and easy so that everyone stays in a good mood through decorating! How many times have you been so aggravated after struggling to get the tree in the stand that you just walked off from it for a while?! Trust me, I know how you feel!
The Dyno Swivel Straight is another tree stand with a great idea! I really like that it's a two-piece stand that helps with setting everything up for you. With this, you attach the pot to the tree trunk and then set it in the base, which swivels to level the tree. It will secure a tree up to 10 feet tall with a truck diameter up to 5 inches. What I like best about this stand is that you can take the pot with you to buy your tree, attach it before you leave, and you're ready to carry your Christmas tree inside and put it right into the stand!
Another option that I am looking at is a sturdier, higher quality version of the traditional stand. The Jack-Post stand is made from welded steel and has a 29.75 inch leg span. I really like the larger spans so I won't be concerned with it tipping over at all! It will hold a tree up to 12 feet tall and a 7 inch diameter trunk. A steel spike in the base will stabilize your tree while 4 eye bolts will secure it. The 1.7 gallon capacity water reservoir is another big plus!
After seeing a smaller tree decorated beautifully in the center of a large table, I am planning to get the Glad Tidings Tabletop Stand. I can't wait to find a tree to decorate for our family room. This stand will hold trees with up to 3-inch diameter trunks and it has a 3/4 gallon water reservoir with a spill guard. Even though it is made for smaller trees, I like that it still has a steel spike in the bottom for stability.