'They're the easiest way to organize an entryway' - 9 hall trees that are as good-looking as they are practical

The hall tree is a staple piece of entryway furniture that will maximize storage - here are 9 our shopping editor has her eyes on

A white hall tree
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Hall trees are one of the best furniture choices for an entryway, especially when you're not splurging on built-ins. Seating for putting on shoes, closed storage for everyday mess and somewhere to hang jackets? They really do work hard for their space in your entryway. 

Perfect for all that storage that needs a home in what is typically a narrow, traffic-heavy corridor, hall trees make the most of their height, giving you a home for those odd bits and pieces that gather in the entryway. 

What's more, they've got aesthetic appeal - with a sort of mudroom, countryside aesthetic, perfect for a busy family home. I'm sold, and to sell it to you too, I've found 9 top buys to snap up today from the best home decor stores

9 hall trees to buy for your entryway

How to make the most of your space in a small entryway

It's pretty common to have a small entryway. By their nature, they are long, narrow spaces, often lacking in light. ‘In New York residential entryways are typically small intimate spaces,’ say Tal Schori and Rustam Mehta, partners at Brooklyn-based architect and interiors firm, GRT Architects. ‘They rarely accommodate more than one or two people at a time. Often entryways are tasked with doing too much and can quickly become a dumping ground.' 

Hall trees aside, there are other great ways to make the most of the tight space, making it feel more like a bright and airy entryway mudroom rather than a small, awkward space. 

'It's important to assess the size of your entryway and make sure it is not doing too much. Whatever tasks it can accommodate should be considered carefully. For instance, if you plan to hang coats in there, make sure they can be spaced generously so that even when fully occupied, the space feels comfortable and well-composed,' recommend Tal and Rustam.

'An entryway is often a chance to have some fun and be bold, but one strong design idea is enough. It should not feel busy or overcomplicated.'

What color should I paint my small entryway?

Think carefully about hallway paint colors too. Go dark and embrace the lack of light with a dramatic burgundy or stormy blue or grey shade to make an impact. Or try and get the light to flood in with a pale sage or yellow that is going to give that welcoming first impression. I like the monochromatic color scheme look in entryways, painting that trim, ceiling and molding all one color for a look that really envelops you the moment you walk into the home.

Oonagh Turner
Livingetc content editor and design expert

Oonagh is a content editor at Livingetc.com and an expert at spotting the interior trends that are making waves in the design world. Writing a mix of everything and everything from home tours to news, long-form features to design idea pieces on the website, as well as frequently featured in the monthly print magazine, she's the go-to for design advice in the home. Previously, she worked on a London property title, producing long-read interiors features, style pages and conducting interviews with a range of famous faces from the UK interiors scene, from Kit Kemp to Robert Kime. In doing so, she has developed a keen interest in London's historical architecture and the city's distinct tastemakers paving the way in the world of interiors.