How to Build a Hall Tree Bench

Overview

A hall tree bench is a convenient piece of furniture that many homeowners place in a foyer or mudroom, directly near a home's entrance door. These benches provides a small, temporary seating area for removing or putting on shoes, a coat hanger for scarves, coats and hats and simple storage for shoes and other miscellaneous items.

Step 1

Cut the back of the hall tree bench out of the plywood pieces. Use the tape measure and straight edge to measure a piece that is 4-feet wide by 6-feet long and has 90-degree angles at all four corners. At this time, go ahead and cut two wooden pieces from the plywood measuring 4-feet long by 15-inches wide and four pieces measuring 15-inches wide by 15-inches long. From the 2-inch wide by 2-inch thick by 8-feet long piece, cut four pieces measuring 15-inches long.

Step 2

Sit the biggest plywood piece on the floor. At one of the 4-feet long ends, attach one of the 4-feet long by 15-inch wide pieces. To do this, align the pieces to create a 90-degree corner by sitting the 4-feet long ends together. Drive screws through the 4-feet long by 15-inch wide piece and into the ¾-inch thick end of the biggest plywood piece.

Step 3

Hold the piece up and sit two of the 15-inch long 2-inch thick by 2-inch wide pieces into place. Sit these pieces length-wise along the edge of the biggest plywood piece. The pieces should sit exactly ¾-inch from the edge of the biggest plywood piece and with one end of the piece sitting flush against the 4-feet long by 15-inch wide piece attached in the previous step. Drive screws through the big plywood piece and into the 2-inch thick by 2-inch wide pieces.

Step 4

Sit the 15-inch by 15-inch plywood pieces into the corners created by the plywood pieces in the previous steps. The width of the plywood will just fit into the space left between the edge of the plywood piece and the 15-inch long 2-inch wide by 2-inch thick pieces installed in the previous step. Drive screws through these square piece into the 2-inch wide by 2-inch thick pieces then drive screws through the 4-feet long by 15-inch wide piece and into these square pieces.

Step 5

Attach the remaining 2-inch wide by 2-inch thick pieces to the opposite ends of the 15-inch plywood squares. Sit the pieces on the inside of the structure to provide more support for the bench section of the hall tree bench. Drive screws through the 15-inch square pieces and into the 2-inch thick by 2-inch wide pieces.

Step 6

Sit the second 15-inch wide by 4-feet long piece on top of the bench section, opposite of the other piece of the same measurements. Drive screws down through this pieces and into the ends of the 15-inch square pieces or into the ends of the 2-inch wide by 2-inch thick pieces. Slide the remaining 15-inch square pieces into the open space of the bench, approximately 1-foot apart and drive nails through the top and bottom of the bench and into the square pieces.

Step 7

Attach coat hooks along the top of the biggest plywood piece that makes up the back of the hall tree bench. Cover the hangers with painter's tape before painting or staining all of the hall tree bench.

Things You'll Need

  • Three sheets, ¾ inch thick high-grade plywood
  • Tape measure
  • Power saw
  • Straight edge
  • 2-inch thick by 2-inch wide by 8-feet long wooden piece
  • 1 ½-inch wood screws
  • Power screwdriver
  • Sand paper
  • Coat hooks
  • Painter's tape
  • Paintbrush
  • Wood paint or stain

References

  • Rafter Tales: Hall Trees
  • Popular Mechanics: Foyer Bench

Who Can Help

  • Sensory Edge: Indoor Benches, Foyer Storage Bench, Hall Tree Bench
Keywords: hall tree bench, a coat hanger for scarves, coats and hats, foyer or mudroom

About this Author

Stephanie Daniels is a freelance writer residing in Louisa, Kentucky. Daniels focuses on parenting, children, gardening and home decor articles. She was the manager of Home Decor for Home Depot for 4 years. Daniels has written for many online publications and enjoys ghostwriting.

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