Fancy Hall Tree

Free plans to build a Hall Tree! Step by step plans include shopping list, cut list, and detailed diagrams to help you build your own hall tree!


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Author Notes: 

Hi there!

I hope you had a fantastic weekend!

Are your kids getting ready to go to school too? If so, that means lots of clutter in the entryway!

My friends Ashley and Whitney from Shanty2Chic asked me to design a Hall Tree Plan that they could build for their little sister. This one provides tons of storage, tons of opportunities for hooks (hang a set low for kids back packs too!) and is quite pretty too!

Here's from the Shanty2Chic girls:

Ash and I teamed up on this build! We found a great hall tree to build for our baby sister who is buying her first house. Everything was great minus the $1400 price tag! So... We enlisted the help of our sweet friend Ana to help us create our very own at a fraction of the cost. We love it so much that we might just keep it in Ashley's house and build another one ;-) !

Good luck building! Please share photos with us when you are done!

Shopping List: 

1 sheet ¾” plywood ripped into strips 15 ¾” wide (referred to as 1x16 in plan)
2 – 1x4 @ 8 feet long
2 – 1x2 @ 8 feet long
3 – 1x3 @ 8 feet long
1 – 1x6 @ 4 feet long
1 – 1x12 @ 4 feet long
1 – sheet ½” plywood (if you need to you can rip into strips 16” wide to transport)
8 feet of 2 ¼” base moulding
1 ¼” PH screws
1 ¼” finish nails

measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
countersink drill bit
General Instructions: 

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Dimensions shown above.
Cut List: 

1 – 1x16 @ 49 ½”
1 – 1x16 @ 46 ½”
2 – 1x16 @ 14”
2 – 1x16 @ 17 ¼”
2 – 1x3 @ 46 ½”
1 – 1x2 @ 49 ½”
1 – 1x2 @ 48”
2 – 1x2 @ 15 ¾”
1 – 1x3 @ 45”

2 – 1x4 @ 56”
2 – 1x3 @ 47”
6 – 1x3 @ 12”
1 – 1x4 @ 41”
1 – 1x6 @ 41”

2 – 1x12 @ 24”

Back is ½” plywood 48” x 74”

Step 1: 

Start by building the bench storage area. It's pretty simple, just follow along the plans and you'll be fine!

TIP: If you want to use larger moulding on the bottom, you could raise the bottom by 1" (making the dividers 1" shorter) and use a 1x4 instead of a 1x3 for support.

Step 2 Instructions: 

Now add the bottom supports. These are so when someone heavy sits on the hall tree the weight is transferred directly to the floor.

Step 3 Instructions: 

Build your face frame with 3/4" PHs and 1 1/4" PH screws and attach with 1 1/4" finish nails and glue.

Step 4 Instructions: 

Wrap the bottom in 2 1/4" base moulding.

TIP: If you made the bottom higher, you will want to use 3 1/4" base moulding.

Step 5 Instructions: 

Now build the back with 3/4" PHs and 1 1/4" PH screws. Check for square!!!

Attach to back with 3/4" PHs and 1 1/4" PH screws along back edge.

TIP: Layout all pieces and mark where all PHs are located. Then drill the PHs and attach.

Step 6 Instructions: 

Now add the top moulding. A simple 1x2 on top would be cute too!

Step 7 Instructions: 

You can use leftover plywood to cut these out too! From the 1x12, mark the pattern and carefully cut out with jigsaw. Clamp the two pieces together and sand until they match exactly. Attach in place.

Step 8 Instructions: 

Now add the back. The back is shown in three just in case you had to cut it to fit it in your car.

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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I've been searching for plans to build my own hall tree for SO LONG! We eyed up some really nice ones for sale for over $400, but they're constructed with poor quality pressed wood that would probably become damaged in transit. I'm a single mom with such a cluttered entryway, and this project will be perfect for our household! I can't wait to tweak the design and add our own personal touches to it.

I can't say it nearly enough,


This is so great! I can't tell from the picture, have you removed the baseboard behind this unit?

Thank you so much!! I've been trying to make my own plans for this and lets say I just gave up. I'm soon to be opening up a family day care in my home and bought cubbys for their coats and backpacks but I wanted it raised off of the floor so that getting shoes on and off of 8 children multiple time daily would be less of a chore! This, I think, will be perfect if I can figure out how to add a shelf to store bedding for the tots who still need naps! This couldn't have came at a better time!! I was looking at a pin on pinterest that called for buying a TV unit from IKEA but one, it was too small and two, out of our price range. This I can make fit exactly what we need. Thank you again!!

I love it. I may do a 2/3 version because my walls are tiny, but that is perfect. My next house is going to be craftsman style and the design is perfect.

Now on to finishing!

Great plans, btw, only two caveats, you need 3 1x3's to get all the cuts, instead of the 2 that are listed here as well as an additional 1x4, unless your boards are just a bit over 8 feet, you won't make the length you need for a solid build.

If my math or cut configuration is off, please let me know so I can figure out what I did wrong!


I followed your advice and got an extra 1x3 and 1x4 just incase. I didn't need the extra 1x4, but three 1x3s are required! I love reviews. Thanks for the tip! (an extra 1x4 is better than an extra trip to the lumber store!) :)

I came across your site a few weeks ago and so glad I did! I've always wanted a hall tree, but never willing to pay the crazy prices. My husband, our two girls and I built this in no time and we had the BEST time. It was very easy to build. We look forward to building more from your site. Thank you so much!!!

I am working on this now and I have the storage area built. I have a few questions. On the plans, they call for 3/4" PHs and 1 1/4 PH screws. I understand the 1 1/4 screws, but what is the 3/4" PHs they are talking about? Also, for the top frame, how are all of the pieces attached together? I just can't figure it out. :-) I am soooo excited to have this in my home, it is beautiful! One more thing... The plan calls for 2 1X4s but you actually need 3 to get all of the cuts. Nothing another trip to Home Depot didn't fix. :-)

The PHs that are mentioned are referring to "Pocket Holes". Ana is a fan of Kreg pocket-hole joinery and recommends using a Kreg Jig for such tasks. Search for Kreg Jig and wait for a whole new world of projects to open up.

The joints that you are referring to in this project are created by using Pocket Holes on the back face of the wainscot grid. Never to be seen by anyone once you put the backing on.

Best of luck!

I am so glad I found your blog again! It used to be on my favorites, but my computer crashed! I have yet to try any of your projects, but I am always so amazed at your work!! Can't wait to see more of your creations:)


I would like to build this and just looked through your directions and was wondering how do you screw on the sides and tops etc without having the screw holes showing???

I have been searching for something for my entry way and this will be just perfect! Everything I have priced has been from 500-2000! That's just insane. I am so excited to make this and fill the empty space in my foyer! Thank you!

I have been searching for something for my entry way and this will be just perfect! Everything I have priced has been from 500-2000! That's just insane. I am so excited to make this and fill the empty space in my foyer! Thank you!

I just finished your project and I love it! Great plans, easy to follow and I love my finished product! Check it out here:

Love this and am modifying the plans to fit my area.  A couple of questions, though, how do you attach the 2 inside vertical supports (14") in the bench?  Also, How do you attached the decorative sides?  Am I supposed to use finishing nails for these pieces?

this may sound stupid but what is the seat bit made of ?? is it a 15 3/4" x 17 1/4"?