Church Chairs Buying Guide | Selecting the Right Church Chairs

For many years, churches have utilized the tried-and-true seating option: the pew. When it came time to upgrade, there were a limited number of options to choose from. As part of modernity movements in various faiths, many churches moved towards a similarly-styled padded chairs with metal bases. You may recall feeling like the most difficult decision was which of the three colors to choose!

Fast-forward to today. Whether your church is looking to make the switch from pews to chairs or if your chairs are ready for a replacement, there are many options to choose from, and not every chair has the features that made pews the clear choice for so many years, namely the durability, stability, and the option to incorporate ornate details.

As you are searching for the best church chairs for your space, there are a few things to keep in mind:

Honoring Your Stewardship

Your church budget may not have a line item for furniture upgrades in it yearly. As a not-for-profit place of worship, you have a responsibility to steward the resources you have well. When it comes time to choose the right chair for your church, you are looking for the best value knowing that it needs to last without need for regular repair and replacement.

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For the past four decades, we have prided ourselves on blending artistic form with long-lasting durability. Each chair we make is crafted to handle the type of use it will experience in your place of worship each week. By incorporating quality materials and careful construction, we can ensure that each chair we build will serve your community for years and years to come. We work hard to honor your investment by making quality furniture that stand the test of time.

Drawing Attention to the Spiritual Environment

Setting the tone for your place of worship starts from the moment someone walks through your doors. You want them to feel welcomed, safe, connected, and reverent. Much of the environment for your sanctuary is set by your furniture selection.

Chairs for churches need to offer practical value (comfort), visual value (design), and carry a cohesive aesthetic with the existing design of your space. Whatever style of architecture your church building embodies, the chairs you pick should complement and enhance the space. 

At Agati, we offer a number of timeless styles to match your space, from Gothic to modern. We can even create a custom reproduction to match any historic style.

Custom Options for Church Chairs

Custom designed chairs for cathedrals and churches

Church chairs should be crafted to support how your congregation uses the space, and crafted specifically for regular use. Since our chairs are built-to-order, we are able to tailor pieces by modifying the design, customizing the upholstery, and anything else you need.

Customization options include:

  • Kneeler
  • Hymnal rack or storage
  • Engraving of your congregation’s symbol
  • Arms or armless
  • Ganged together
  • Wood or upholstered seat and/or back
  • Communion cup holders

The options are limitless, and we will work with you the whole way to ensure we end up with an environment you will be proud of. Be sure to let us know if your congregation has a specific need we can customize a church chair for.

What You’ll Need to Get Started

Modern wood chair with ganging mechanism in synagogue

There are a few things you’ll need in order to pick the right chair for your church. Besides the design of your seating choices, you will want to determine the size of your space and any features to be aware of such as sound booths, aisles, and emergency exits. You will also need to confirm the capacity the seating area can accommodate.

Since we make chairs to order, we can work directly with you to meet the needs of your congregation by determining the best design and layout options as well as the best seat dimensions for comfort and capacity.

We know that picking the right style of chair can bring up a lot of other questions with it. We will work with you to make sure you pick the right chairs that fit your space perfectly and have every feature to meet your church’s needs for years of regular use. From concept to completion, our worship chairs will be precisely crafted to support how your space will be used. Reach out to our team today!