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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.

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.

New Church Pews and Pew Upholstery Changes Sutton, MA Church

14 Sep 2012

Posted by Joseph Coupal

Pastor Rev. Michael DiGeronimo, St. Mark's Catholic Church in Sutton MA, called Egan's Church Furnishings to review options for church pew repairs.

The original colonial style church pews were 30 years old and needed restoration, the pew seat and back were delaminating.  15 years ago St. Mark's purchased new church pews for the side isles made out of  particleboard construction which didn't match the center isle pews.  These 15 year old church pews were also falling apart.
 
Unfortunately, veneer pews cannot be refinished, however, Egan’s Church Furnishings offered to upholster the seats and backs to cover the problems and save the parish the cost of new church pews.  Unfortunately, the side isle church pews needed to be replaced
 
Working with Ratigan-Schottler Church Pew Manufacturer, Egan's prepared a new pew seating design and estimate to replace all the pews with new solid quality wood church pews.  Jim Egan worked closely with the local flooring contractor and the parish to have all new colonial style pews delivered and installed the last week of August, 2012.
 
Father Mike said the entire parish is very happy with the new church pews by from Egan Church Furnishings and Restorations. He chose Egan’s because he knew we would be on site and he wouldn't have any problems.
 
Egan's also upholstered the sanctuary seating to match the new church pews. For more information or a quote on new church pews or pew upholstery, contact Egan’s Church Furnishings.
 

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.


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