The front hall was the introduction to the house, and as such was an important part of the Victorian home. A hall stand or a hatrack was the most important piece of furniture. These were new forms that appeared about 1840, such as the hall tree, as homes became larger and social visits became more structured. As well as holding hats and coats, a hall tree could be used to store bags, umbrellas, walking sticks, boots and other items. 
A coat rack often refers to a set of hooks that are attached to a wall and is mainly used to hang coats and jackets.