Choosing a Hall Tree for Your Entryway
A hall tree is more than a coat rack. It's an organizational tool for your entryway or mudroom. A hall tree is a piece of furniture designed with a convenient built-in bench and hooks to hold outerwear, bags, shoes, pet gear and sports equipment. A hall tree may also have drawers, cubbies or shelves to stash keys, sunglasses, wallet and other items that tend to get lost in the house. Learn more about how these handy pieces can fit into your home.
What hall tree styles can I choose?
Materials and Finishes:
- Wood hall trees fit in with rustic, traditional, coastal and cottage interiors in natural, white or darker painted or stained finishes.
- Metal hall trees are more sculptural and best for contemporary, industrial or even antique-style interiors in distressed, hammered, silver or copper finishes.
- You'll find many styles in mixed wood/metal designs. These work well in industrial styles and rustic spaces.
- Storage: A hall tree may have drawers, cubbies for shoe storage or shelves so you can stash your keys, sunglasses, wallet and other smaller items that tend to get lost in the house.
- Look for a bench with a hinged lid that lifts up to reveal extra storage below.
- A hall tree may have a built-in mirror on part of the back panel so you can check yourself before heading out.
What size hall tree do I need?
You'll need to make sure the hall tree doesn't block the hallway, entry or mudroom door from opening or taking up too much space. You also don't want to run in and trip on the corner of a hall tree that's too close to the door. Measure the height, width and depth of the space you're furnishing to fit in the best size hall tree. Here are some measurements of standard hall trees:
- Width: Hall trees can be 2 ft. (a mini-hall tree) to 3 ft. wide up to 5 ft. wide.
- Height: A typical hall tree is about 70 to 72 in. tall, regardless of width.
- Depth: A hall tree with a bench may be about 17 to 18 in. deep at the seat. A shelf at the top of the unit may also be about 18 in. wide.
- Corner unit: Consider a corner hall tree if there's an empty nook in your entry, mudroom or hallway. A corner unit has similar dimensions, but may be a bit deeper to accommodate the corner while providing ample storage.
How do I organize my entryway with a hall tree?
Use a hall tree as the focal point of personal command center. A command center is a central point where you can store coats, shoes and personal paraphernalia you need when you leave the house. It can also become a go-to place to store a household calendar, invites and any school or other personal forms to fill out and send. To get your hall-tree command center organized, place a basket on the hall tree shelf or a hook to catch papers and mail or stick a calendar wall decal on either side of the hall tree to stay up to date on everyone's activities. Make it a habit to check the command center as you come in and go out of your home.
Are you ready to get your entryway or mudroom more organized? A hall tree is a convenient piece that can help you keep your daily essentials organized and ready to grab at a moment's notice. Consider the type of unit that'll work best in your space by thinking about the sizing and organizational features as you decide on a design that you love.
Related: Simple entryway storage ideas to keep shoes, coats, and other miscellaneous items organized!