The home is a wonderful place and everyone wants theirs look unique and inviting.
And the entry hall is what most visitors will see first thing when they enter your home, so you want to make a great first impression.
An antique hall tree or replica can be an important piece of furniture in establishing a home’s decor. It can be placed either at the entrance or in a large hallway, where it will help keep personal items organized and out of the way.
Hall trees offer great functionality in the home, with hooks to hang various items like coats, hats, umbrellas, gloves and other items family members and visitors bring upon entering the home and need conveniently near the door when leaving. The hall tree mirror also makes a convenient place to check your appearance before leaving the house!
Some hall trees will have drawers for keeping handy personal items like sunglasses, wallets, money and other items. A hall tree bench is also convenient to sit on while taking off and putting on footwear and outer clothing. The bench usually has space underneath for storing shoes. Most of these hall trees are crafted from wood, often pine, oak or walnut.
If you are handy with woodworking, you can find plans and build your own, as detailed below. This is a great heirloom furniture piece to make as your next project and one that will elicit questions and admiration from your friends and visitors.
People will add a hall tree as much for its functional value as for the decorative qualities if offers. Hall trees can be superb for any back entrance, front hall, or mud room to help reduce clutter and provide a nice focal point for the space.
These elegant hall trees and entry benches will have various features and options like hooks, mirrors, and storage or display shelves. Rich finishes of hall trees could be great for decorating one’s home or the home decor. Beautiful hall trees could make a welcoming yet practical entry piece for the home.
Use your hall tree to hang coats, purses, shoes and other items all in an organized manner.
If you are looking to buy one, you will want to choose your hall tree very carefully. They come in various sizes, shapes and finishes. They need to be chosen careful so that they match the house and add charm. Pay attention to the craftsmanship, joinery and finish of the piece, which can vary greatly from one manufacturer to another.
You can choose from various styles like contemporary, casual, antique, country, hand carved and custom made. An antique hall tree can be a truly unique focal point for your entry way. You might choose a Burnham wide hall tree, French country hall tree, or classic Kingston hall tree.
Hall trees can also be personalized. Add some photographs or personal crafts or a mirror to make it look more attractive. Hand-painted hall tree are also popular.
Make Your Own Hall Tree
What you will need:
- Glass Mirror
- Adhesive for Mirror
- 200-grit sandpaper
- Miter saw
- Tack cloth and clean shop rags
- Wood glue and filler
- The hall tree has two sections; the hall tree bench and the hall tree mirror back component. The mirror back is made with 2- by-2 stiles for the sides and a series of 1×2 slats. There are three cross supports, which are constructed with 2x3s and support the mirror.
- Cut your slats and stiles to length on your miter saw. Remember the stiles need to be long enough to mount the mirror, so measure accordingly. Use a straight bit in your router table to create a groove on one side of 2 cross supports and put the slats into these grooves. Use wood glue and finish nails to assemble.
- Drill pilot holes through your styles into the cross supports and screw them securely using dry wall screws. Hide these screws by gluing on wooden buttons.
- For the mirror, cut a piece of plywood to size to back your mirror. Attach the mirror to the plywood back using mirror adhesive. Then attach the mirror and plywood base to the top component from behind.
- The bench is constructed like a box, using 1x12s, with a front storage opening. Cut your pieces to size. Then nail and glue these pieces together. Cut 1x3s for legs, nailing them in place.
- In order to attach the top and bottom components together, first drill pilot holes in the stiles and box from behind, then securing these with lag bolts.
- Complete your hall tree by filling the nail holes with wood filler. One dry, sand everything smooth and dust it off wit tack cloth and a damp rag. Finish or prime and paint the piece as you want.
You will enjoy your hall tree project as a family heirloom for many years to come!