Industrial Coat Rack Bench

One thing I learned making this entryway coat rack bench is that there’s actually a name for it. It’s called a hall tree. Who would of thought? 

If you have a small entryway and are looking for a simple (yet cool) way to store your coats, shoes, hats, mitts, umbrellas and everything else, a hall tree is the ideal solution. I was inspired by a steel and reclaimed wood design I came across one day, so I recreated the look by using black paint for an industrial look.

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Cut list

  • 2 x 2s
    • 2 @ 60″ (back legs)
    • 2 @ 17-1/2″ (front legs)
    • 6 @ 10″ (horizontal leg braces)
    • 2 @ 27″ (underside cross braces)
    • 2 @ 6-3/4″ (top shelf support)
  • Reclaimed wood
    • 36″ x 10″ (bench seat)
    • 36″ x 6-3/4″ (top shelf)
    • 27″ x 6-3/4″ (coat rack)

Step 1: Build the 2 x 2 frame

For this project I used three 2 by 2’s. I started by making all my cuts as per the cut list above using my miter saw.

Industrial Coat rack bench hall tree

I then laid all the pieces out as per the diagram above so I could mark where to drill the pocket holes (blue arrows). I marked them on the underside or backside of the frame in order to make sure they wouldn’t be visible. I then used my Kreg Jig to drill all the holes.

Before assembling the pieces, I also made some pilot holes so I would be able to screw down the bench from underneath later on.

I proceeded to assemble each side of the frame using 2-1/2” pocket hole screws with the help of my ​Ridgid compact palm driver.

I finished off by lightly sanding the assembled frame, then applied 2 coats of matte black spray paint.

Step 2: Reclaimed wood

Next I moved on to the reclaimed wood. Since I was using reclaimed tongue and groove barnwood, I started by cutting off the tongue from a few boards, then glued and clamped some pieces together to make a 10 inch bench seat, a 7 inch shelf and a 7 inch coat rack. I then cut the pieces down to the final dimensions listed in the cut list above.

I pre-drilled some pocket holes on the back side of the coat rack so it would be easy to assemble later on.

I sanded the wood with some 220-grit sandpaper, but only made light passes in order to conserve the wood’s character. I finished it off by wiping on some teak oil.

Step 3: Assembly

Once the paint and teak oil had dried, I laid the 2 x 2 frames on their back to attach the horizontal seat support boards using the pre-drilled pocket holes.

I then screwed down the bench from underneath using the pilot holes I had pre-drilled while making the frame.

Next I moved on to the top shelf, but first clamped the coat rack into place. I made sure to center the shelf, then made small pilot holes before screwing down the shelf with some 1-1/2 inch screws.

I finally stood the hall tree up on its feet and screwed in the coat rack using the pre-drilled pocket holes.

I finished off by attaching the 3 coat hooks to the rack using 1 inch screws.


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