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

01 Jun 2014

Posted by James 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experts who have decades of experience specific to church pews and can create a completely new look for your old and outdated pews.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 James 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.

Exterior Preservation or Interior Remodeling for Your Church

25 May 2012

Posted by Joseph Coupal

If your place of worship needs exterior preservation or interior remodeling you need experts in historic restorations and a company that has long lasting relationships in church furnishings. Universities are out for the summer, if your Christian University Parish needs refurbishing contact Egan’s Church Furnishings and Restorations.

Egan’s has experience all over Boston, Worcester, Providence and the New England and New York area working and restoring historic churches in your communities.

From stained glass window repairs to new flooring, from sanctuary furniture to church pew cushions, Egan’s has been in the business since 1965. We know churches and we know church furnishings.

With 100’s of references in the area, we know that you will be confident with the budget and the work. Contact us for all of your church restoration needs.

Add Pew Cushions to Church Pews for More Comfort

18 May 2012

Posted by Joseph Coupal

Are your church pews uncomfortable? Are the pew cushions worn out? Egan's Church Furnishings and Restorations upholstery team can come to your church and reupholster your existing pew cushions and kneelers or completely replace the foam and re-upholster your cushioned pews.

Egan's upholstery team assisted St. Joseph's Church in Leicester, MA to add comfort and to their historic church pews. Structurally sound, but uncomfortable, Egan's installed new, 2-inch thick pew cushions which made these church pews much more comfortable without losing the beauty of their historic church.

Egan’s assisted St. Anthony of the Desert in Fall River, MA with the complete interior make over. The pews were structurally sound, but the parish wished to "change the look" without having to purchase new church pews. Egan's upholstery crew added 2-inch thick pew cushions to the seats and 1-inch thick cushions to the seat backs with a nice  fabric to compliment the new carpet.

Contact Egan's Church Furnishings and Restorations to help with your church pew repair or upholstery project. If your pew cushions are ripped or worn out, we can bring them back to "like new" condition.

If your kneelers are broken or damaged, we can replace them with the highest quality replacement kneelers with solid steel brackets. Call us.

New Pew Cushions Spruce up the Appearance of Your Church

19 Apr 2012

Posted by Joseph Coupal

The Pew cushions in your church can make a first impression. With wedding season right around the corner, spruce up the appearance of your place of worship with reversible pew cushions.
Whether purchasing pew cushions for the first time, replacing the existing pads, or re-upholstering your pews and kneelers, they should be done right and made to be long lasting. At Egan’s Church Furnishings and Restorations we have the highest quality pew cushions for some of the lowest prices around. Why? Because we don’t use a 3rd party manufacturer. Eliminating the middle man reduces the costs substantially.

Egan’s Church Furnishings offer only the highest quality reversible pew cushions for your church. Our cushions are all made with high density foam covered in either nylon or velor fabric. We also have custom fabrics available upon request.

If your pew cushions are ripped and torn or worn out Egan’s can help you with your upholstery project. If you want to convert your wood pews to cushion pews, we can do that too with our fixed pew cushion service. Contact Egan’s for a quote or to order new pew cushions for your church.

Ratigan-Schottler Church Pews and Chairs are the Right Choice for your Church

22 Feb 2012

Posted by Joseph Coupal

Ratigan Church Pews and Pew Ends:   Ratigan uses two 1 inch thick “First and Select red oak “ pieces of solid oak, glued together, to form a 2 inch thick pew end.  By using two pieces of top quality oak, the church pew end is guaranteed against warping and ensures the best support for the pew bench.

Our solid oak church pews and church chairs are all contoured for maximum comfort or choose our 3 inch thick upholstered pew cushions instead. We can also provide an all upholstered seat and back for your church.

Ratigan- Schottler does not use any laminates for their church furniture because to ensure that the pews in your church look fantastic for years to come. On church pews, especially on pew ends, laminate is easily damaged from cleaning and maintenance work in the aisles!

Ratigan-Schottler has been producing only the finest quality “all solid oak” church pews for over 72 years. No veneers, no particleboard or other manufactured materials. Only real, top quality solid wood, and the all solid oak is “First and Select”.

The expert craftsmen at Egan’s Church Furnishings and Restorations can work with your architect or parish building committee to create any style church pew to enhance your worship site. We have dozens of standard style pew ends to choose from. We also have a limitless capacity to create a custom look for your church pews just like you see here in the Basilica of the Assumption in Baltimore, MD and the Chapel at Salve Regina University  in Rhode Island.

For more information on solid wood church pews and chairs for your church, contact us.

The Right Team can Provide Church Renovations, Church Furniture and Painting

29 Dec 2011

Posted by Joseph Coupal

When your church or place of worship needs repair or renovation, it is important that you call a reputable team who understands the sanctity of the church, has respect for your place of worship and has a reputation of fantastic service and results.

St. Timothy’s Church in Warwick, RI was in need of a complete make-over. Egan’s Church Furnishings and Restorations team of artists and designers was chosen to assist Father Meehan.

With the goal being to “brighten and enhance” the interior of the church, we developed concepts and color schemes. To complete the project we installed new carpet throughout the nave and repaired the cushions on the church kneelers.

Egan’s Church Furnishings and Restoration brings a full team of experienced church artists and crafts people to every project. In addition we provided on the site supervision to insure all work is done correctly and in a timely way. Contact us for more information or to request a quote.

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