- Christmas tree skirts add a dash of color and style to your holiday decor while hiding that unsightly tree stand. To help you find the best tree skirt, we rounded up the best options for small and large trees and more.
- The Primode Holiday Images 50-Inch Tree Skirt is our top pick because it features classic Christmas colors and motifs, plus it’s durable enough to last a lifetime.
- For more holiday decorating ideas, check out the best artificial Christmas trees you can buy.
The winter holidays really are the most wonderful time of the year. When else can you justify eating dozens of cookies, opening second and third bottles of wine, stringing lights around the roof of your house, and putting an 8-foot tree in the center of your living room? And in any home where a Christmas tree will be set up during the holidays, it’s as essential to have a great tree skirt underneath the tree as it is to have a shining star up on the top.
Tree skirts are important for three primary reasons, which will be of differing levels of value to different people and which I’ll discuss in no particular order. A tree skirt can help keep your home clean by catching the needles that fall from a genuine pine tree, and which will invariably end up spread all around the house if not properly caught and collected. A tree skirt’s ability to keep the room/home cleaner is its primary purpose for many households. (Note that even artificial trees shed some, so from a cleanliness perspective, a tree skirt is a good idea even with a fake tree.)
Tree skirts also help to keep pets and kids away from the tree stand. This is all the more important with a real tree that has a water-filled stand. Skirts help prevent messes or damage to wood flooring or carpets caused by spilled water and also help reduce the risk of electric shock. Finally, as noted above, tree skirts are a lovely addition to any holiday room, anchoring the decorative tableau (and, ideally, laden with presents).
Choosing the right tree skirt should be a pretty simple affair. First, measure the space the skirt will occupy to determine the maximum size the area can accommodate. Next, think about how large a tree you are going to get (or already have) and then look for skirts with a diameter of approximately the same size as the tree’s widest span. When in doubt, opt for a skirt that’s slightly smaller than the tree’s width, not larger.
Finally, just pick a tree skirt you love based on how it looks and how it will look in the room. If you decorate lavishly, go ahead and choose an intricately patterned and colorful skirt. If your home holiday decor is more reserved, consider a solid-colored skirt or one with minimal flourishes.
Here are the best tree skirts you can buy:
- Best tree skirt overall: Primode Holiday Images 50-Inch Tree Skirt
- Best traditional tree skirt: Valery Madelyn 48-Inch Tree Skirt
- Best affordable tree skirt: Ivenf Christmas Tree Skirt
- Best large tree skirt: Kurt Adler Embroidered and Pleated 60-Inch Tree Skirt
Updated on 12/05/2019 by Lisa Sabatini: Updated links and prices. Remove out-of-stock items.
The best tree skirt overall
The Primode Holiday Images 50-Inch Tree Skirt is big enough for trees up to 8 or 9 feet tall, and its red, green, and white wintry motifs make it look festive.
When my wife and I got our first Christmas tree a dozen or so years back, we also got just about the cheapest tree skirt known to history. It bunched up easily, it shed more fibers than the tree dropped needles, and it really just looked … cheap. Still, we kept the damn thing for five or six years because it just seemed like such a hassle to replace it. Don’t make that same mistake.
Instead, consider getting the Primode Holiday Images 50-Inch Tree Skirt. With it, your home may well be set for life – as far as Christmas tree skirts go, anyway.
At 50 inches across, this skirt is large enough for most trees yet it will still fit in most rooms. You can always fold a portion of your tree skirt to make it fit closer to a wall or into a corner. Its bright red background is warm and merry, while the green trees and white snowflakes stitched into the skirt add colorful cheer.
The skirt features a 5-inch center opening that should accommodate almost any trunk while still concealing the stand entirely. A pair of ties keep the skirt closed, and its weight and the quality of the fabric help it to lie flat without bunching or wrinkling.
This Primode tree skirt scores a four out of five stars when you average all of its ratings together. One customer says the skirt is “the perfect shade of red” for holiday decor, while another gushes: “The tree skirt is beautiful! I’m in love!”
An editor with BoomsBeat gave Primode tree skirts an impressive 9.1 out of 10 rating based on their quality. Primode skirts are also highly popular on Pinterest boards.
Pros: Lovely Christmas colors and designs, durable cotton/polyester blend, ideal size for most homes
Cons: Chemical odor when new requires time/and or washing to dispel
The best traditional tree skirt
The Valery Madelyn 48-inch Tree Skirt will look right at home in homes with a traditional style.
Some of the online product copy written about the Valery Madelyn 48-inch Tree Skirt refers to its look as a “classic baroque style.” At first, I thought that description was a bit overwrought, but on closer consideration, I think they’re spot on. The skirt looks rather demure from a distance, with a deep burgundy background and gray-gold ruffle that rather blend in with the greater tableau of a space, but seen up close, the surface is adorned with intricate swirling golden stitching and punctuated by silver sequins.
This tree skirt manages to be both regal and refined while still having just a touch of playful flash. In fact, the darker the room, the more the skirt will stand out, as Christmas light and/or a crackling fire make its gold and silver highlights sparkle.
At 48 inches in diameter, the Valery Madelyn Luxury Collection Gold and Burgundy Tree Skirt is large enough for most trees you’re likely to install in the home or at a business. And with its quality fabrication and a set of Velcro straps holding it securely closed along the slit, the skirt is suitable for use in high traffic areas.
The Valery Madelyn Luxury Collection Gold and Burgundy Tree Skirt has a shining 4.7-star average rating on Amazon. A customer named Jessica T. said that it’s the “most beautiful tree skirt [she has] ever seen,” adding that it’s “even more beautiful in person.”
This skirt is a top seller from retailers all over the internet as well as with brick-and-mortar stores thanks to the confluence of elegant looks and a fair price.
Pros: Lovely subtle styling, plush velvet material, durable Velcro tabs
Cons: Will not match some interior design schemes
The best affordable tree skirt
The Ivenf Christmas Tree Skirt measures 48-inches in diameter and has a simple but appealing geometric scallop trim.
Measuring 48 inches in diameter, the Ivenf Christmas Tree Skirt is a great midsize tree skirt that should work with most trees standing anywhere from 6 to 8 feet tall. That means it’s a skirt you can enjoy year after year, even if your Christmas trees tend to vary in height from one holiday to the next.
The tree skirt is made of rich burgundy-colored polyester that has the look of burlap and features a ring of overlapping scallop trim. It looks great beneath a dark green pine tree and complements wood floors, neutral-colored carpeting, and tile.
If you’re looking for a super affordable tree skirt that is actually large enough for trees of standard height, this is it. Don’t worry, though, this skirt is only cheap in price. It’s actually surprisingly well-made with two layers of fabric and a Velcro-closure.
Pros: Great low price; simple but elegant design; good midrange size; full refund offered if not satisfied
Cons: May clash with carpeting that is warm in color
The best large tree skirt
- Kurt Adler
The Kurt Adler Embroidered and Pleated 60-Inch Tree Skirt is almost a full foot larger in diameter than the next biggest one on our list, so it’s perfect for a tall tree.
If you’ve got a big tree, you gotta get a big tree skirt. As a general rule of thumb, a Christmas tree should be at least 6 inches shorter than the ceiling of the room in which it will reside. Or shorter still if a star, angel, or other decorative crown will top it. So a room with an 8-foot ceiling should have a 7- or 7.5-foot tree, a room with 9-foot ceilings can accommodate an eight to eight and a half-foot tree, and so on.
As trees get taller, keep in mind that they also get wider. The average width of a Christmas tree standing 8 feet tall is just under 5 feet wide, so if you will get a tree that tall or taller, you will need quite a large tree skirt to catch its falling needles and simply to look proportionate.
At 5 feet across, the Kurt Adler Embroidered and Pleated Tree Skirt is up to the task of serving those bigger, wider trees. It is made of polyester and has a deep red color punctuated by snowflake designs in varied sizes. The narrow pleated trim caps off an elegantly simple design that looks lovely on all sorts of flooring.
While this is by far the most expensive tree skirt on our list, it’s to be expected that the price rises as the size increases. Also remember that the best thing about a big, wide tree and a large tree skirt is the fact that it provides more room for presents.
A customer named Lauren praises this tree skirt’s “very high-quality material” and the “linen-like look” of the material. An owner named Carole called it “well made” and a great size and said she looked forward to the skirt adorning her “Christmas tree for years to come.”
Pros: Great size for large trees, crisp and attractive design, durable construction
Cons: Rather expensive, no ties or tabs to secure slit
Check out our other great Christmas decorating guides
- Home Accents
A beautifully decorated home is part of the wonder of the holiday season. We’ve rounded up the best decorating essentials for your home to make it easier for you.
That’s why we’ve gathered up the top suggestions for a wide range of Christmas décor. Whether you go all-out decorating for the holidays, or just stick with a tree covered with a few glass balls, we’ve got the best of the best for your holiday home.
Here are the best Christmas decorations you can buy:
- Best tree stand: Krinner Tree Genie Christmas Tree Stand
- Best ornaments: Shop all ornaments at Target
- Best tree topper: Christmas Snowman Tree Hugger
- Best tree skirt: Primode Holiday Images 50-Inch Tree Skirt
- Best wreath for your front door: Woodland Eucalyptus Wreath
- Best stockings: Needlepoint Stockings from L.L. Bean
- Best garland: Home Accents Holiday Pre-Lit Plaza Garland
- Best advent calendar: Byer’s Choice Christmas Tree Advent Calendar
Holiday decorations bring feelings of warmth and cheer even in the darkest and coldest days of the year. Testing, setting up, and connecting Christmas lights can be anything but a joyful experience, though.
To that end, this year I’ve worked to assemble a buying guide filled primarily with holiday lights that not only look great, but that also make your life easier.
Here are the best Christmas lights you can buy:
- Best Christmas lights overall: KooPower Waterproof Battery Fairy Lights
- Best Christmas lights: Good Tidings Light Ceramic Multi-Colored Holiday Lights
- Best solar Christmas lights: VMANOO Solar Powered String Lights
- Best mini Christmas lights: Brizled LED Mini String Christmas Lights
- Best permanent Christmas lights: Everlights Starter Kit
The best Christmas tree stands are designed to last for many decades, have a stable base that holds plenty of water, are easy to set up, and store easily after the holidays are over.
Here are the best tree skirts you can buy:
- Best Christmas tree stand overall: Krinner Tree Genie Christmas Tree Stand
- Best screw-in Christmas tree stand: Jack-Post Welded Steel Christmas Tree Stand
- Best Christmas tree stand for artificial trees: National Tree Folding Tree Stand
- Best full-sized, live Christmas tree stand on a budget: Cinco C Express Tree Stand.