It’s a common problem in churches today: your congregation is bursting at the seams of the building. It’s a great problem to have because it means you’ve got an effective growth strategy and you’re retaining members.
But your staff is panicked, wondering what to do with limited funds and a small building. So you start brainstorming and realize that if you just make the sanctuary and other rooms more flexible in their use, you’ll be able to relieve some of the small building issues.
So your committee decides to come up with a plan for how to make the sanctuary more efficient. Chairs are your number one choice for how to do that. It’s time to haul out the fixed, inefficient (very uncomfortable) wooden pews and bring in the chairs.
When you’re focused on efficiency, how do you pick out chairs that will be the most effective while not losing quality?
Here are 5 things to look for when choosing church chairs.
1. Smaller is probably better.
Since these chairs will get moved around a lot, it will be easier to deal with them if they’re smaller. 18.5 inches wide is a good size to choose. Of course, if your congregation members need something bigger, you can choose a chair that’s the next size up. Just don’t make the chairs too large or you’ll be frustrated with them during a late night clean up.
2. Choose high-quality chairs.
When you move chairs around often, they can easily get banged up and broken. Avoid premature wear and tear by selecting chairs that are made well. Get pre-assembled chairs that were put together in the factory so their attachments are super strong. Make sure the fabric has been rub tested and is durable. Get chairs with metal frames that have a powder coated finish so they won’t easily scratch and look unsightly.
3. Stackable will save you space.
When you’re struggling for enough space, stackable chairs will save you a ton of frustration. You can use the sanctuary for other events, including those that require no chairs at all. If you can dedicate storage space for chairs it will help. Also, invest in a quality chair caddy that will help save your back while hauling chairs from sanctuary to storage and back again. You’ll be glad you did.
4. Comfort matters.
Folding chairs are inexpensive, but they are super uncomfortable and best saved for emergency and overflow seating. You need chairs that will make congregation members feel relaxed and focused on the service. Lumbar support is a must, as is adequate padding on the seat of the chair. Try out a few chairs to make sure they’ve got the right kind of comfort, especially for older congregation members.
5. A professional appearance will preserve the sanctuary feeling.
Stackable, flexible chairs don’t have to be ugly or informal looking. They can look professional, high quality, and give your church a great feeling. Always select the chairs that not only look good but are made with fabric and frame protections that will keep that look for years to come.
Efficient Sanctuary Space
Church chairs will give your building new life and allow you to use it more efficiently. Always choose chairs that are well made, tested, and pre-assembled. Select chairs that will be multipurpose, yet look professional and are comfortable. Test a few out with your congregation members, then pick the one that will give your church more flexibility and the best return on investment.
If you’re looking for a great selection of church chairs with a supportive customer service experience, look no further than Advantage Church Chairs. We offer many options and would love to guide you through the process of choosing a chair that’s perfect for your church’s needs. You can find us online at advantagechurchchairs.com and by calling 1 (855) 294-0532.