Entryway Hall Tree Bench DIY

Entryway DIY Hall Tree Bench

Since we moved into our apartment, I really wanted to build a cute DIY hall tree bench for a little corner by our front door where we desperately needed some organization and a place to put keys, dog leashes, shoes, jackets and more. I want to keep it real with you guys, so here is an embarrassing photo of what the area looked like before and as you can see we really needed something more functional (and pretty):

Entryway Tree Hall Bench

Talk about a hot mess, right?! Finally, I decided to build a custom entryway hall tree bench! With Brandon’s help we were able to get it built and painted within two afternoons, it was definitely a more simple/easy project build!

We live in a small apartment right now and this DIY hall tree bench is perfect for providing organization for small spaces! And I’m obsessed with it now! Every time I walk by it, it’s just so cute to look at it and it provides so much needed function to our entryway! And Brandon loves it too! Win-Win!

Total build cost for this Entryway Hall Tree Bench DIY was about $92! Other hall trees this size retail around $250-$500, definitely a huge cost savings by building one. The final size of the Entryway Hall Tree Bench is 31″ wide x 76″ tall.

I’ve included the full detailed tutorial on how to build this Entryway DIY Hall Tree Bench below. And I’ve also included the steps as well on my post on buildsomething.com.

Note, this post contains some affiliate links. For more information see my disclosures here.

How to build a DIY Hall Tree Bench:

Materials:

  • (2) 2×8 @ 8ft
  • (1) 1 x8 @ 6ft
  • (1) 1×4 @ 8ft
  • (1) 1×4 @ 10ft
  • (1) 1×16 @ 48″ Laminated Panel Board
  • (1) 1/4″ thick, 4ft x 8ft Plywood board
  • 2 Wood Corbels
  • 3 Coat Hooks
  • 2″, 1 1/2″, & 3/4″ Wood Screws
  • 2 1/2″ and 1 1/4″ Kreg screws
  • 3/4″ and 1″ Brad Nails
  • Wood Glue

Tools:

1. Build the sides of the bench

Use a miter saw and cut four 2×8 pieces @ 17″ each. Then, for two of the 17″ pieces, add 2 pocket holes on one side with the Kreg Jig. *Tip: See my how to use a Kreg Jig post for an easy, step by step tutorial and video tutorial on how to use the Kreg Jig!

add two pocket holes on one side of cut 2x8

Using 2 1/2″ Kreg screws and wood glue, join one piece together that has pocket holes with a piece that has no pocket holes.

join wood piece with pocket holes together with second wood piece

Repeat these pocket hole steps for the other two 17″ pieces. You now have the bench side pieces.

 

2. Build top and bottom bench pieces

Use a miter saw and cut four 2×8 pieces @ 26″ each. On two of the pieces, add two pocket holes to all ends, then add three pocket holes down the middle of the boards as shown in the photo. Join the two boards together with the middle pocket holes using 2 1/2″ Kreg screws and wood glue.

Build top and bottom DIY hall tree bench pieces

Repeat these pocket hole steps for the other two 26″ pieces. You now have the bench top and bottom pieces.

 

3. Attach bench sides to bench bottom

Join your bottom bench piece (pocket hole side facing down) into your two side pieces with 2 1/2″ Kreg screws and wood glue.

Attach hall tree bench sides to bench bottom with kreg screws

After the two side pieces are attached the bench will look like the below photo:

partially built hall tree bench with two sides attached to bottom piece

 

4. Attach bench top to bench sides

Join your top bench piece (the other two 26″ pieces that are joined) into your two side pieces with 2 1/2″ Kreg screws and wood glue.

hall tree bench top attached to bench sides

 

5. Attach bench cubby divider

Measure the exact height and width for a bench cubby divider. My cubby divider dimensions were about 14 1/2″ x 14″, but you will need to measure for exact measurements at this point for a perfect fit. Use the 1×16 @ 48″ Laminated Panel Board and cut the needed size from this board for your cubby divider.

Next, on your bench bottom and top piece, measure and mark 14 1/2″ in from the edges (the center point for your divider).

measuring the center point on bench top for cubby divider

Line up your cubby divider at this center point. Then, use 2″ wood screws and drill two screws through the top of the bench piece to secure the cubby divider into place (it is best to make pilot holes first to avoid wood splitting). Make sure to sink the wood screw head below the surface of the wood so it doesn’t stick up. Repeat if needed from the bottom side of the bench.

Line up bench cubby divider piece

Attach bench cubby divider with drill and wood screws

 

 

6. Attach bench top seat board

Use the remaining piece leftover from the 1x16x48″ board panel and cut a bench top seat 31″ long for your bench seat.

Center your bench top seat piece on top of your bench frame and make sure the back edge of the bench top seat is flush to the back edge of the bench frame. You don’t want the bench top seat to hang off the back edge of the bench frame, you only want it to hang off the front edge. Clamp the bench top seat in place.

bench top seat board clamped on top of bench frame

Attach the seat to the bench frame using three 1 1/2″ wood screws on each side of the bench top seat. Again make sure to create pilot holes first and make sure to sink the wood screw head below the surface of the wood so it doesn’t stick up. Note, these holes will easily be filled with spackle or wood filler in the finishing process.

DIY hall tree bench seat attached to the bench frame with three wood screws

 

7. Build DIY hall tree frame

Using your 1x4x10ft piece and a miter saw, cut two 58 1/4″ pieces. Then, add two pocket holes to just one end on each of the two pieces.

two wood boards with pocket holes for hall tree frame

Next, cut four 22″ pieces from your 1x4x8ft piece. On all four pieces, add two pocket holes to each end. Then, on just one of the four 22″ pieces, add three additional pocket holes along the middle on just one side.

wood boards with pocket holes for hall tree frame

Attach two of the 22″ frame pieces to the two 58 1/4″ frame pieces using 1 1/4″ pocket screws and wood glue. Make sure you attach the 22″ piece with the three extra pocket holes to the frame sides that have two pocket holes at the ends as shown in the photo as this will be the side that is attached to your bench.

DIY hall tree frame boards joined together with kreg screws

Attach one 22″ piece to the tree frame 10″ down from the top edge using 1 1/4″ pocket screws. Note the top edge of the frame is the part that does not have the 3 extra pocket holes along the bottom side. Then, add your last 22″ piece directly below the previous one.

Measuring 10 inches from bottom of hall tree frame for board placement

Once those boards are attached, your hall tree frame is complete and will look like the below photo:

DIY hall tree frame boards joined together with kreg screws

 

8. Attach tree hall frame and backing to bench top

Line up your tree hall frame with your bench and attach it with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue. It helps to use clamps for this step.

Attaching tree hall frame to bench top with kreg screws and wood glue

Next, for the backing of the tree hall frame, use a circular saw and cut your 1/4″ thick 4ft x 8ft plywood to 29″ x 76″. Clamp the backing plywood board to the DIY hall tree frame. Attach it to the back of the tree hall bench with a brad nailer and 3/4″ brad nails.

hall tree backing board clamped and attached to hall tree

 

9. Add shelf and corbels to the front of hall tree

Cut your 1x8x6ft to 29″ long to create your shelf piece. Then, add the two wood corbels to the front of the frame making sure that the top edges are lined up with the top middle 1×4 piece. For attaching the wood corbels, follow the instructions that came with it. We used 3/4″ wood screws for attaching ours. Finally, attach your shelf on top of the wood corbels using 1″ brad nails and a brad nailer.

DIY hall tree built with shelf and corbels added

 

9. Add coat hooks and paint your entryway DIY hall tree bench!

Yay! Now that your hall tree is all built, add wood filler over the screws on the bench top seat (if desired) and sand any necessary areas of the tree hall bench. Then paint or stain. I painted my hall tree with White Dove by Benjamin Moore in eggshell. Lastly, add your three coat hooks under the shelf.

White Entryway DIY Hall Tree Bench next to the front door

What do you think of my Entryway Hall Tree Bench DIY?! I think it would also work great in mudrooms, hallways, laundry rooms and more!

Hall Tree bench seat with wicker basket on top filled with white hydrangea flowers

DIY hall tree shelf with so good to be home printable in a wood frame

Lastly, you can find this new “so good to be home” printable in the shop!

DIY hall tree shelf with picture frame, basket, and flowers

Would you be able to use an organizer like this in your entryway? Feel free to share in the comments or on Instagram or Facebook! You can also follow along with my latest projects on Pinterest!

I’d love to see photos of your DIY hall tree bench! Feel free to share with me on Instagram or Facebook or e-mail pictures to angela@angelamariemade.com!

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