The Do-Everything Piece to Make the Most of Your Entryway

The Do-Everything Piece to Make the Most of Your Entryway

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Allie M. Harper
May 15, 2017
(Image credit: Crate & Barrel)

For years, I've racked my brain trying to figure out how to organize the shoes that my husband and I take off when we walk through our front door; the ones that never quite make it back into the bedroom closet where they actually belong. I don't want them just hanging out and piling up, but I've never wanted a regular shoe rack by our entrance either. My bag always ends up on a console that doesn't actually have room for it and my jacket always finds itself slouching over a nearby dining room chair. After all my sleepless nights (not really) fretting over the fact that there was no solution, the answer has been so simple all along: a hall tree. A hall tree is a Jack-of-All-Trades that usually includes a coat rack, bench and storage solution all in one. I imagine it gets its name due to the fact that it's, well, tall like a tree and the hooks are like...branches?

Since many hall trees out there can be bulky and heavy in their composition (feeling more like traditional built-in cabinetry than a modern accent piece), I've rounded up a few hall trees that are a bit fresher in their appearance, with strong, clean lines that make a statement. If you have an organization crisis like I've had, keep reading!

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If you're tight on space, you may want to opt for a more slender hall tree like this elegant piece, kept rustic modern with a rust finish on the metal. The added bonus of the mirror up top is a nice touch and its circular shape balances out the linear silhouette of the tree.


This industrial hall tree is a great option for a household with multiple members thanks to the ample width and five hooks. And with the integrated bench, not only would I be able to keep our shoes nice and tidy, but I'd have a place to put them on, too.


I love this hall tree because it's so different from the wood ones that pop up when you do a general search—the material makes me think of an old-school locker. In this case, I wouldn't necessarily keep shoes in the basket, but it's nice to be able to have the extra storage still. Folks seem to really like this one, giving it a 4.7-out-of-five-star rating.


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This one is my favorite, and high stars and positive reviews saying it's sturdy and easy to put together show that others seem to agree. The way the frame literally frames the wall makes this piece super modern and leaves so many options open for all of that negative space. Keep it empty for a minimalist effect or fill it with art to enjoy when you're not hanging your coats


If you do in fact want a more built-in cabinetry kind of effect, opting for a daintier piece in a light paint finish will freshen the woodwork and keep it feeling more transitional rather than heavy traditional. This piece received a 4.3-out-of-5-star rating, with reviews saying it looks like it does online, which is a plus since that isn't always the case with online shopping.


Here's another open-space modern beauty where they went ahead and displayed art in the negative space. The pipes used for the frame make this one a bit more industrial, and pairing it with art and even a chair makes it a focal point and destination instead of strictly a place for your stuff. (Bonus: adding baskets will give you additional storage and organization capabilities.)


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Here's another more transitional option. What I love about this one is that not only is the light gray shade extremely on trend and goes with everything, but the shape is also streamlined, there are not only separate cubbies for your shoes but also drawers to conceal, and the cushion softens the wood composition and makes whatever time you spend here more comfortable.


Okay, maybe this one is my favorite. Made of solid iron in a gunmetal powder-coated finish, it takes industrial modern to the next level. And the fact that the hooks are square sort of makes it feel less like a hall tree and more like a hall sculpture. P.S., the coat rack can be wall mounted.


Imagine a rugged cabin on a rural Texas ranch. And now imagine the furnishings inside are rugged themselves, vintage with true grit and a fascinating story to tell. I imagine those furnishings would feel like this hall tree. It's made of solid polar maple wood but doesn't feel dark and heavy since it's left open. (The large version, shown, comes with 10 hooks, and I'd add a bench to get the full hall tree effect.)

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