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.



Mon, 06/20/2016 - 10:44

Hi! I have 1x6" baseboards and I'm trying to figure out how to account for them. Could I use 3/4" plywood instead of 1/2" and start the back boards higher, so they sit above the baseboards?


Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!


Tue, 02/28/2017 - 16:48

This may have been mentioned in the comments and if I missed it, sorry I'm making you repeat yourself. What are you attaching the plywood with? Finishing nails or screws? I don't think it was said in the plans for the build. Thanks in advance. 

Don Ellery

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 09:49

I used gorilla glue and 18 GA 1 1/4" brad nails.  Be careful about nail length, depending on which plywood and face boards you use, board width is slighly different and brads might penetrate through the front of your piece and splinter the wood (this happened to me on my first nail, using select pine for face boards).  I recommend playing it safe and either attaching from the front and filling with wood filler or using shorter brad nails.




Thu, 12/28/2017 - 17:18

 I am a single parent and my entryway is so cluttered with all of my kids stuff  and I  really want to build this but I haven’t EVER built anything before. Step 2 is confusing me big time. Is there any way to tell me on the cut list what each piece is for? 


Thu, 12/28/2017 - 17:59

The step 2 image shows the boards required and can be determined which boards are in the cut list by their length and size, 1x2, 1x3 etc. Step 2 boards are the last 4 boards specified on the cut list. Hope that helps.


Thu, 12/28/2017 - 18:05

The step 2 boards can be seen in the image and can be determined by the length and size of wood 1x2, 1x3,  etc.  Hope this helps.

The step 2 boards are the following from the cut list.

1 – 1x2 @ 49 ½”
1 – 1x2 @ 48”
2 – 1x2 @ 15 ¾”
1 – 1x3 @ 45”


Wed, 01/29/2020 - 03:16

Greetings,,,, Very nice piece,,,, I am about 1/2 way thru building and will post photos at the end,,,

Either I am reading the Shopping/Cut  list incorrectly or something is up.... the Shopping list calls for two 1x4x8' 's and the cut list says  two 1x4@ 56" and One 1x4@41" ....  so you can't get two 56" boards from an  8'  (96")  board...  and consequently once you cut 2 -  56"'s out of 96"'s - that leaves you with 40 inches,,, where is the 41" coming from ???


Sun, 06/14/2020 - 15:02

Is there a pattern for the side piece on top of the bench that connects the bench to the back? New to woodworking and not sure if I can get it to look good.

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