Farmhouse Hall Tree

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 08/13/2019 - 10:22
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Free plans to build a Farmhouse Hall Tree. Step by step plans include shopping list, cut list, and detailed diagrams to help you build your own hall tree.

Farmhouse hall tree

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!

Farmhouse hall tree dimensions
Dimensions shown above.


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
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”
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set
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!


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

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

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

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

Step 6

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

Step 7

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

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

Finishing Instructions
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.


shechrissy (not verified)

Mon, 08/13/2012 - 13:17


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,


RL (not verified)

Mon, 08/13/2012 - 13:53

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


Wed, 12/11/2013 - 12:15

It would probably be easier to shorten the back and start it above the baseboard.

TiffanyW (not verified)

Mon, 08/13/2012 - 14:53

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!!

craftyalien (not verified)

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 10:30

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.

theJam (not verified)

Wed, 08/15/2012 - 21:06

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!


Sugar (not verified)

Mon, 11/26/2012 - 17:16

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!) :)

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