Hall Trees

Written by Sierra Rein
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Hall trees are more commonly found in countries where snow, rain, and hail are a part of the yearly weather pattern. They are designed to provide a safe place to remove and hang wet overcoats, hats, galoshes, gloves, scarves and umbrellas to dry. These trees are typically placed on a porch, inside hallway, or enclosed vestibule.

The average hall tree is shaped like a bench with a tall and extended back. The bench is traditionally upholstered and can be flipped up to reveal inside storage space. The back usually features eye hooks, shelves, and pins to hang clothing items, as well as inset mirrors to provide people the chance to perform a last-minute appearance check-up before heading out the door.

Hall trees are great for those interested in employing "no shoes" policies, a fad that is sweeping many areas by storm. By placing a hall tree near an entryway, a homeowner can offer an easy sitting area to his or her guests after asking them to take off their shoes. The guests can then retrieve the shoes on their way out.

Maintaining Hall Trees for Posterity

Most hall trees are made of treated or painted wood. This is due to the fact that wood fares better against the effects of rainwater and snow over the long run. However, it is important to make sure that the wood of the tree is covered with a water-resistant lacquer, and that the piece be examined thoroughly after a rainy season to ensure that rot has not set in. It is also important to fix any loose eye hooks and oil the hinges on the bench lid as necessary.

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