Most homes have a formal entry space that is under-appreciated for its ability to set the tone for the entire home.
While the family may use a side door or come in through the garage every day, the front door is the place that visitors are first greeted into your home. And how it is decorated says a lot about who you are as well as your personal tastes.
Back in the age of parlors and formal entertainment spaces, the foyer was the first stopping off point. There, gentlemen would remove their hats and leave their umbrellas and walking sticks. Women, likewise, would shed their coats. Hall tree benches were standard in these homes, a place for guests to leave their outerwear before entering the other parts of the home.
If you don't have a foyer, that's O.K. But you still want guests to be greeted with all the comforts of home, including hall tree benches, which still serve as the perfect place to leave hats, coats, boots and other protective garments.
One of the great things about hall tree benches is that they come in such a wide choice of styles, materials and colors. Wood is still the traditional choice and most homeowners gravitate toward the more traditional look of these hall trees.
But those with contemporary or modern homes will find a wide selection in these styles too, as top manufacturers are creating new looks geared to today's tastes.
Selecting the right bench is not a haphazard undertaking. It takes the same due consideration as any other major piece of furniture in the home. Often, hall tree benches are the only piece of furniture in the entryway or foyer, so it has to set the tone for the space, or perhaps even, for the entire home.
While you could conceivably use a bench purely as a statement piece, it's a far better use of your resources and available space to make sure it's functional and will get used.
In colder climates, hall tree benches can be a great addition, since family and visitors can hang all their wet coats and leave their wet shoes behind. If you have kids, you can use the bench to store all their outerwear in the fall and winter, including galoshes, hats, mittens, scarves and coats.
As you shop for the right bench, pay particular attention to scale. As with all furnishings, you want the hall tree to be the right size for the entryway. You don't want it to overwhelm the area or worse, be in the way. Benches come in all sizes, and you not only want to pay attention to the height and width, but the depth.
You also want to make sure that the bench you're thinking of purchasing will meet your needs. This includes the amount of storage under the bench seat, the number of hooks on the tree itself, and the features. This includes whether or not you want a mirrored hall tree, so you can adjust your tie on the way out or check your hair. Many benches offer a padded cushion for the seat, another nice option.
A great place to start your search is online. Entering "hall tree benches" in a search engine should give you plenty of choices. In fact, selection is amazing online, since many Bhiwandi furniture retailers there aren't restricted in their offerings by showroom square footage or retail space.
You can find literally hundreds of models with just a few clicks of the mouse. You'll also find the prices online to be very competitive, especially since some retailers offer free shipping and have liberal return/exchange policies so you can order with confidence.