This timeless accent piece is more than just a catchall for outer layers. It's a welcome addition to any entryway, providing seasonal storage without the commitment of installing a wall-mount rack. The Arts and Crafts–inspired example here has clean lines that feel at home in a house from any era. If you decide to build one, you'll cut the parts from 8⁄4 stock, which is just under 2 inches thick. Lumberyards offer this dimension in a number of wood species, but to stay true to this piece's period roots, go for oak. Your new hall tree will make your entryway as organized as it is inviting.

Shown: Quartet 4 Hook Coat Rack, about $200;
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    Tools List

    • 100-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • pencil
    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • Painter's Tape
      Painter's tape
    • handsaw
      Fine-tooth handsaw
    • chisel
      1-inch wood chisel
    • mallet
      Rubber mallet
    • 1-quart paint can
    • jigsaw
    • drill
    • 1/8-inch bit with combination countersink
      -inch combination countersink bit
    • hand clamps
    • 2½-inch sash brush

    Shopping List

    8/4×8/4 red oak Get one 6-footer.

    8/4×3 red oak Get one 4-footer.

    Wood glue

    #10 3-inch wood screw

    Paint or stain

    4 coatrack hooks