Church chairs have become a popular seating solution in worship spaces across the world. As churches have embraced multipurpose spaces, individual chairs have replaced pews as a more flexible and comfortable seating option. If your church is planning to make the switch to church chairs, there are a few things you should look for to be sure you are getting the best product for your church.

Construction

The metal frame that supports your chair should be sturdy, durable, and properly braced. Understanding how the chairs will be used will help you choose a frame with the right balance of strength and portability.

Comfort

There is not a magic equation to choosing the most comfortable church chair, as comfort is an idea that varies from person to person. In general, it is better to go with a higher density foam, but there is still a good deal of room for personal preference. Ask manufacturers for samples of the chairs you are considering, have your congregation test them out, and take a vote on which chair is the most comfortable.

Maintenance

Other than tightening a few screws occasionally, church chairs should not require much maintenance. You can also reduce cleaning time by choosing a durable, easy-to-clean fabric, such as polyolefin. Polyolefin is not easily penetrated by moisture or liquids, making it stain resistant to liquid spills. If a spill occurs during the worship service, simply blot off and clean later.

Accessories

lf your congregation needs to store Bibles, hymnals, or visitor's cards, most church chair manufacturers offer built-in accessories such as book racks and card pockets. You can decide which features your church needs.

Shop around and make comparisons between different chairs and manufacturers. Don't be afraid to ask questions. After all, you are making an investment that your church will use for years to come.