Church chairs and pulpit chairs should have a regal air that is worthy of a house of worship. The better coordinated they are, the more appealing the whole room will be. At Hertz Furniture, we understand that you might need some help choosing the right communion tables or portable partitions. That's why we have the Hertz Design Team here to help you every step of the way from layout to installation and beyond.
The biggest investment, and probably the most significant when furnishing a chapel is the church chairs. Pews are likely to be replaced more often than any of the other furniture in your sanctuary because they get the most wear and tear. How do you know which chapel chairs are best for your congregation? That depends entirely on the look and feel of your space.
Many different kinds of chairs can be used as pew chairs, but that doesn't mean that they are all the same. Church chairs which were specifically designed for houses of worship have a unique elegance and soft cushioning. No pastor wants to watch his congregants shifting uncomfortably throughout the sermon and the service. With thick cushioning and soft upholstery, people will be so comfortable that they just might want to stick around even after services are over.
Besides the basic choices of color and cushion thickness there are other considerations to take into account in the church chair selection process. Many people like to have a place to put prayer books and Bibles so they don't have to hold them at times when they are not in use. Underseat book racks or book pockets on the backs of chapel chairs provide an accessible place to keep holy books so they are out of the way yet in easy reach when they are needed. Chairs with built-in ganging are ideal for straight rows. They create the appearance of long permanent pews while still offering the convenience of movable chairs.
Banquet chairs can be used as general church chairs or just kept around in storage in case they are needed. While they might not be quite as cushy or elegant as chapel chairs, they are certainly nice enough to go in a sanctuary. Even if you don't want to use them every day, they can really come in handy if there is a ceremony, convention or other special event and you have lots of visitors.
One of the most convenient things about banquet chairs is that they can be stored in a very efficient way. They are stacking chairs that nest perfectly so they can be moved around or put away in the best arrangement possible. If you coordinate your stack chairs with the color and style of your other church furniture, they will easily blend into the sanctuary.
Whether you choose specially-designated church chairs or general stacking chairs, having an easy way to move them around will make the job of custodians and volunteers much easier. Carrying chapel chairs around can cause damage to the chairs and the people carrying them, and it takes up a lot of time. Rather than making multiple trips back and forth, you can simply stack a bunch of chairs on a chair dolly and wheel them all into place at once. A chair truck isn't only convenient when stacking chairs are on the move, it also keeps them stacked and ready to go in storage. Chair carts are especially convenient if you hold services in a gym, multipurpose room or community center that's not your own building. If the space is used before and after services for other things, a chair truck will ensure that you get everything back in order in time for the next people who need the space.
Once you have considered the members of the congregation, you probably want to invest some time and funds in the furniture that will serve the clergy members. Stately pulpit furniture will encourage your members to give priests and bishops the respect they deserve. Pulpit chairs come in charming designs that will add a lot to your space. They can be ordered with matching winged pulpits which frame the speaker with stately authority. For a complete set, you can even have a perfectly-matched communion table. With the right pulpit furniture you can really make your space look like a place that is conducive to worship and spirituality.
If you are looking for a more modern alternative to large pulpits, you can choose from Hertz Furniture's huge selection of church podiums. There are basic wood or acrylic podiums as well as enhanced models with lots of modern features. Sound lecterns with built in microphones and amps will ensure that the sermon can clearly be heard from any place in the room.