Shopping for a hall tree bench should be fun and easy. Your hall tree bench is simply a combination bench and hall tree that usually goes in your foyer. The bench is for sitting on, or storing items in if it happens to be a trunk, and the hall tree has hooks for you to hang your coats on. A hall tree bench should make your life easier, giving you a place to sit down while you put your shoes on before you go out and a convenient spot for you to temporarily hang your coat in the winter.
Before you start looking at hall tree benches, measure the space in your foyer. If you are like most homeowners, you probably do not have a huge foyer. A hall tree bench can be a pretty sizable piece of furniture. Make sure that you have enough space to accommodate one before you buy. You definitely do not want the bench blocking your front door. You also might not want a massive hall tree bench that just barely fits in your foyer. This could make the space seem crowded and dark. Don't forget that you will probably be hanging coats on the hall tree, making it appear even bigger. You can find big hall tree benches and more compact ones, so don't be dismayed if your foyer is not huge.
Next, hall tree benches range in price from about one hundred dollars to well over one thousand dollars. How much you spend will depend on the size of hall tree bench you want, the materials it is made out of and where you buy the hall tree bench from. Obviously, the fastest way to exponentially increase the price of your hall tree bench is to buy from a designer furniture store. You do not need to break the bank to get a nice piece of furniture, though. You can buy a hardwood hall tree bench for about two hundred dollars.
Some people need a hall tree bench primarily as a spot to sit while they put their shoes on before heading out the door. Others are more interested in using the hall tree bench as a storage spot. Every hall tree bench should have a place to sit and a few coat racks. If you plan to use the bench as seating, you might want one with a cushion. If you want to use it as storage, however, a trunk bench with a hard top will allow you to stash away the most stuff. You can also get hall tree benches with shelves, though these risk looking very messy if you are the type to leave your things everywhere. Some hall tree benches have mirrors, which can be very convenient for checking yourself out before stepping out the door.
Choose a style. A lot of hall tree benches are country style, but not all of them. You can also pick up a sleek, black, modern looking hall tree bench or even a wrought iron one. If you look hard enough, you can find a hall tree bench to match any decor.