Whether you’re starting a church plant or sprucing up the old sanctuary, buying sturdy church chairs is a must. However, buying church chairs is not as simple as just finding any old seat for a good price and signing the check. A lot of thought must go into buying church chairs because these are what will hold your congregation during sermons, worship services, productions, and other church activities. You want something that will suit congregation members of all ages—something that is supportive, comfortable, and will last a long time. To ensure that you get the best product, you need to ask church chair providers certain questions before moving forward.
You wouldn’t buy a car or a house without doing thorough research, would you? Though this may seem like an extreme example, doing research before any purchase is imperative if you want to make the most of your money. When it comes to church chairs, you are certainly making an investment with both your time and money, so it is important to do proper research before you settle on any one church chair provider. The following questions will help you determine some important factors about the church chairs you’re considering that should ultimately lead to a smart purchase.
You should never overpay or underpay for your church chairs. In short, the price of the church chair will speak to its quality, but there are some chairs that won’t live up to highly inflated prices. By the same token, if a church chair price seems too good to be true, chances are that it is. A low price may speak to the poor quality of the chair, and you’ll want to avoid buying something that won’t do what you need it to do. On average, a quality individual church chair will cost anywhere from $50-$60 per chair, with an average shipping cost of about $6 per chair. Depending upon the size of your sanctuary, you could budget between $8,000-$15,000 for church chairs, give or take a few thousand on each end. If you find yourself paying drastically more or less, it’s best to avoid using that provider.
Whether or not your chair is locally sourced does not have to be the deciding factor for if you buy it or not, but it is something to consider. Locally sourced chairs may be a better option because it means they are made with sustainable materials that can be readily found should the chair need repairs such as re-stuffing or reupholstering. Locally sourced chairs are also easier on the environment, which means purchasing these chairs can lower your carbon footprint.
Perhaps individual church chairs are not all that you’re looking for. When considering a church chair provider, you may want to see if they have other types of church seating such as pews and theater style chairs as these may fit your sanctuary and congregation better. Not all church chair providers will offer each type of church chair seating, so you may have to shop around for one that offers all or most seating options.
It may seem like a simple question, but it’s probably the most important one you can ask your church chair provider. Comfort is a highly important factor because it can determine the type of service your congregation members sit through. If their chairs do not offer back support, are too lumpy, scratchy, or hard, they are likely going to focus on this throughout the service rather than what is being said. On the other end of the spectrum, if a chair is too comfortable, it could also be a problem. Congregation members will not be getting the support they need, which can be especially harmful to older members with joint and back issues. What you want is a chair that falls in between—something soft and supportive, that won’t hurt your congregation, or lure them into a nice nap. Test out some chairs to ensure you get the right feeling.
When you buy church chairs, the idea is to have them last for at least up to a decade, and at most over two decades. You want chairs that are going to withstand frequent use, will still look great, and will stay as comfortable as they were when you bought them. Of course, some wear and tear over time is to be expected, but if your chairs are falling apart after three or five years, they weren’t built to last. If you can, ask other customers of the provider to see how the chairs are holding up. Do your research before making your investment!
If there are other specific questions you have reserved for church chair providers, be sure to ask these as well. When your money and time are involved, you want to make sure you’ve done all that you can to make sure you make a worthy investment and purchase!