Buying church chairs can feel like an overwhelming process. There are so many things to consider and so many options available today. Having a good understanding of your sanctuary’s needs (how many chairs you need and their sizes) is an excellent place to start. Here are some other things to consider when looking for high-quality church chairs with padding.
Consider the Frame
When it comes to quality, one of the first things you need to consider is the frame of the chair. The chair’s frame will play a big role in how long the chair lasts. The more durable the frame, the higher the quality of the chair.
Chairs with metal frames, such as steel, are the best quality church chairs because they can withstand heavy use and will last for years.
Here are some other things to consider when looking at the chair’s frame:
- If you have delicate flooring, such as tile, you should also consider the feet of the chair. Look for models that have non-marring glides on the feet to protect your flooring from damage.
- Consider whether the chair has armrests. An armrest will add comfort and give members a little more personal space.
Additionally, check to see how much weight the frame can accommodate to ensure that it’s a good fit for your church.
Consider Whether You Want Seamless Seating
Many modern church chairs are designed to offer seamless seating, which means that they interlock for a pew-like effect.
If you’re looking for an easy way to create aisles with chairs at your church, pew chairs are a great solution.
Make sure that the interlocking system is simple and easy to use. If connecting the chairs becomes frustrating or difficult, you may never wind up using that feature.
Quality church chairs are designed to allow for easy storage. Look for stackable church chairs that are easy to store.
There are many advantages to choosing stackable chairs. After service or an event, the chairs can be stacked and stored away, which allows for easy cleaning and other uses of the space. It also makes it easier to prepare for events and have a few extra chairs stored away in case new members join.
Some chairs can stack 6-8 high, which really allows you to save on space.
Check the Quality and Comfort of the Seat
The chair’s frame is important for durability, but the seat is important for comfort. You can have the most durable chair in the world, but if it’s uncomfortable to sit on, members won’t want to come back.
When comparing chairs, check the cushion’s:
- Testing results
The ideal choice is a cushion that offers lumbar support and a waterfall seat design for added comfort. In addition, cushions filled with foam offer extra comfort and support.
Also, check the quality of the fabric. What is the fabric’s grade? Will it be able to withstand the heavy use of your congregation?
While you’re analyzing fabrics, take the time to consider your color choices as well. Do they offer the color that you want or one that will complement your sanctuary?
Check for a Warranty or Guarantee
When buying chairs for church, make sure that you check the warranty or guarantee. Chairs are an investment, and you want to ensure that you’re making a good one.
Ideally, you want to find chairs that come with at least a 10-year warranty on the fabric and cushion material. If a chair has a lifetime warranty on the frame, this is a good indication that the chair is high-quality and built to last.
Another important thing to consider is shipping and delivery. How will the chairs get to your sanctuary? How much will shipping cost, and what options are available for delivery?
When choosing chairs for your sanctuary, don’t rush the process. Make sure that you choose the best quality chairs in your budget and consider the tips above when comparing your options. If possible, order chair samples to help you make your final decision. Samples allow you to test the chair to make sure that it’s a good fit for your church and its members. Getting feedback from your congregation can also help you make a smart decision.