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How to get “just like new” church pews without spending a fortune

01 Jun 2014

Posted by Bob Egan

New church pews can be quite an expense, but worn out and uncomfortable church pews can really affect the look and feel of your church. Since your congregation will spend much of their church times in a pew, it is important that you have comfortable pews for them to sit on. If your church pews are looking worn out, scratched or are lumpy and uncomfortable, you have a decision to make: do you buy new church pews or do you make improvements to the old pews. Both have their advantages.

Solid Wood Pews

Solid wood pews are easy to refurbish and it does not take much to get them looking like new. Many solid wood pews can get a dull or waxy finish to them, which is, essentially, a build-up of old layers of stain, grease, dust and debris. Stripping the wood and re-varnishing can completely transform the look of solid wood pews and make them fresh, clean and shining like new. A note of advice: it is highly advisable to consult with a professional church restoration company before attempting to re-do your church pews. Improperly stripping your wooden church pews can cause serious damage.

This type of renovation and refurbishing is best left to a professional church restoration company. They will have the skills, the tools and the expertise to assess your wooden church pews and make the best decision on how to treat and refinish your church pews. In addition, a professional church restoration company can help remove scratches and scuffs, even deep scratches, from solid wood church pews.

Renewing Church Pew Upholstery

One of the easiest ways to liven up a church pew is with new pew upholstery. If your upholstery is merely stained or dusty, a professional cleaning can really make a difference. Most carpet cleaning companies also do upholstery cleaning. Just be sure that they can handle delicate fabrics and have experience with church pews.

Old and misshapen, stained and ripped upholstery can hide the beauty of a church pew – and it takes minimal time and effort to re-do church pews in brand new upholstery. This is not a DIY project, however. It also might be too much of a job for a standard upholstery company. A professional church renovation company works with skilled experts who have decades of experience specific to church pews and can create a completely new look for your old and outdated pews. When you consult with a professional church restoration company, they’ll be able to help you make the most of your current church pews – or assist you in making a decision on whether or not the pews are salvageable.

If you’re looking to improve the look and feel of your church with new church pews, consult the experts at Egan’s Church Furnishings and Restoration. The experts at Egan’s can help you improve your church pews and bring them back to their original splendor. If you are in need of new church pews, Egan is also a leading source in church furnishings. To learn more about the church pew restoration and new church pews available at Egan’s Church Furnishings and Restoration, visit our web site.

How To Update Your Church Pews

15 May 2014

Posted by Bob Egan

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.


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.

Solid Oak Church Pews For St. Malachy Church, Manhattan

16 Nov 2012

Posted by Joseph Coupal

Father Richard Baker at St. Malachy Church in Manhattan had contacted Egan’s Church Furnishings and Restorations to assist him with the renovation of his church.  As part of this renovation, he wanted to improve the comfort of his church pews and improve the "sight lines" to the altar.   

We met with him numerous times and worked out a new floor plan design that included our most comfortable, all solid oak church pews.   This included a contoured seat that adds significant comfort and also has the durability of solid oak.
To help his parishioners to better to see the altar area for various services in the church, Egan’s recommended using "mitered pews" which would eliminate most of the "obstructed view seats" which parishioners had complained about.  The angle of the pews was chosen individually in order to work around the large support columns which had caused the obstructed views.
Father Baker commented "the parishioners are quite impressed with how much more comfortable the new pews are."
For the greatest durability, Egan's Church Furnishings and Restorations features all solid oak construction for our church pews.  No veneer finishes.  No particleboard.   All Solid oak construction is recommended by the AWI (Architectural Woodwork Institute) as the best choice in materials.
Free onsite consultations and quotes provided.  Free assistance with floor plan layouts are also available.

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