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How to Update Your Church Pews

A congregation is essentially like a family that is welcomed into a house of worship every week. And just as with any guest visiting your home, their comfort is of utmost important, as is the visual appeal of your church furnishings. Just as with guests in your home, congregants want to feel welcomed to worship in an inviting atmosphere, and the look and comfort of church pews go the furthest to make that possible.

History

As early as the 13th century, stone benches began to appear against the back walls of English churches. By the 14th century, they were replaced by wooden benches and were moved from the walls into the nave of the church. Then in the 15th century they were considered a necessity in every church, and some congregants actually owned their own family pews.

The Modern Pew

Pews today may be constructed of solid wood and left bare, or fitted with cushions, or contain bookracks for storing bibles, prayer books, and hymnals. Some may even provide storage for headsets for those worshipers who are hearing impaired. Most pews are permanently attached to the floor, or to a wooden platform.

Time to Update Your Church Pew

Maintain pride in your house of worship by updating its pews. Refinishing and or reupholstering your church pews is a very important part of any liturgical project. It makes perfect sense to update your existing pews, and not just for economical reasons. Consider these factors:

  • Your pews may have historic value
  • The pews' shape echoes the architecture of the sanctuary
  • Solid wood pews are valuable in today's dollars
  • The pews are still structurally sound

Options: Refinish and Re-Upholster

Church furniture refinishing is a step by step process that is proven to yield excellent results when performed by a skilled restoration professional. Once the pew is stripped of its finish to bare wood, it's carefully repaired if there are any cracks, finely sanded if there are rough or uneven spots, and then refinished with the highest grade products to enhance the beauty of the natural woods.

If your church pews are cushioned, and those existing cushions are worn or torn, then reupholstery is a smart option. On the other hand, if you have solid wood pews, and you'd like to add pew cushions, that too is an excellent update option.

Trusted Professionals

Updating your existing church pews brings a new welcome to any congregation, and new pride in their place of worship. Trusted professionals like Egan's Church Furnishings and Restorations, in business since 1965, are ready to assist you with pew refinishing and reupholstering. Egan’s Church Furnishings also have the option to offer new pews, if you prefer. A family owned and operated business is the right one to trust with your church family's decor.


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