Ideas for choosing the right hall trees from your unique style
Hall trees come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and styles and sometimes called entryway benches or coat racks. To find the right one for your home, you will want to take into consideration the materials, details, and overall construction of an entryway bench. If your home is more of a transitional or contemporary style, look for a hall tree that is wood with classical details. A white painted coat tree bench with bead board is a great example of a piece that could work well with this space. If you are leaning toward a more traditional style, a solid stained wood storage bench with coat rack is a great option. Alternatively, a home with an industrial or modern style might look to mix wood and metal, unique materials, or a piece with a minimal profile.
Where hall trees work best in your home
Hall trees are a natural fit near entryways or mudrooms. Because they are meant to be used as storage for coats and outdoor gear, it makes sense to place one in any area where you will need organization and placement for clothing layers. If you have an at-home workshop or art space, incorporating a hall tree is a great way to manage clothing specific to one of those tasks. One unique way to incorporate these pieces into your home is to use it in a child’s playroom or bedroom. You can store dress-up clothes, toys, or items that have multiple pieces for play.
The best hall trees: what to look for
The best hall trees will have a combination of hooks, storage, and style. The storage might include shelving above hooks or a seat that lifts open. A hall tree is all about having a piece of furniture that goes beyond simply storing something; it adds decorative style to your space. It is one of those great furniture pieces that has a lot of versatility but does not overwhelm a hall or entryway. If it is near a front door, it will be one of the first things that guests see, so it can set the tone for the level of warmth and style one might expect in your home.
A: Hall trees are used for adding style and bringing a practical solution to storing outdoor gear. With hooks, shelves, and compartments you can hang jackets, put away mittens and hats, as well as have a place to sit and lace up your shoes. Some even include a mirror, for one last check before you head out the door.
A: Hall trees rose to popularity in the 1860s, because social visits became normalized and it was a practical way to receive guests. The size, style, and ornate details of a hall tree was the first sign to a guest of a particular family’s status and wealth. As architectural trends changed and ceiling heights were lowered, coat closets and mud rooms came more to the forefront. Interestingly, there has been a recent resurgence in people purchasing hall trees because of the versatile storage and style.
Q: What height and width should a hall tree bench be?
A: Hall trees come in a variety of shapes and sizes, often due to style and space saving (or maximizing) choices. If you are looking for a standard size, most are around 60” high and 40” wide. That often varies by a few inches in either direction, but due to human scale, it is often the perfect size to sit down and change your shoes and grab your jacket.
A: In essence, yes. Most have hooks for hanging coats, because it is first and foremost a piece of furniture for storing coats and outerwear. However, a coat rack on its own would have a smaller footprint and would not include the shelving or storage elements found in a hall tree. Over time, the distinction between coat racks and this particular type of storage rack has loosened, so you might find them named interchangeably.
A: Yes, in one form or another. They are multipurpose pieces of furniture designed for storage and aesthetics. This added storage might be incorporated in a variety of ways. It could have shelving above or below the coat hooks, it might have storage for umbrellas, or it may have a seat that opens on a hinge.
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