Church pews come in two main varieties, Upholstered and Finished. These two varieties are further defined into 4 different styles. Below is a list of those styles starting from the most economical to the most expensive.
- Upholstered seat, upholstered front and rear of back
- Upholstered seat and front of back, finished plywood rear of back
- Solid wood back with upholstered seat
- Solid wood back with solid wood seat
So what is the least expensive option? Contrary to what most people think, it is the Upholstered Church Pew. As a matter of fact, a fully upholstered church pew is not only the most comfortable but also the most economical, which makes it the most popular choice of today’s churches.
There is a good rule of them to remember regarding the price of church pews – “The more wood showing, the more it will cost”. Let’s take a closer look at what sets these two types of pews apart from each other in style and price.
Upholstered Church Pews
A fully upholstered pew body has an upholstered seat, an upholstered front of the seat back and fabric covering the rear of the seat back.
IF NOT MANUFACTURED CORRECTLY the use of plywood in a church pew can also lead to a less durable one. This is what sets King Church Furniture’s upholstered pew apart from the competition - our high quality of construction. We use ¾” plywood for our upholstered pews, which is reinforced for strength and durability with a 1 1/2” x 2 1/2” solid hardwood brace. The Church Furniture Manufacturing Association states that this is the best method of construction and we agree.
Finished Church Pews
What sets the finished pew apart from the upholstered pew is the higher quality of wood used for the body and the amount of hand-crafted labor needed to create these pieces. One finished church pew is usually created from numerous pieces of raw unmanufactured hardwood. This ultimately means a more durable, longer lasting pew that will take many years of wear before refinishing is needed.
To give you some perspective on the amount of effort that goes into making one of these handcrafted masterpieces, take a look at the steps below.
- Hand-picked Raw hardwood is selected
- It is then cut down into straight panels/boards
- These panels/boards are then glued and clamped together to make a larger solid piece
- The larger piece is then planed down to the appropriate thickness
- They are then cut to the appropriate length
- It is machined into the respective shapes and contours
- Then it undergoes machine sanded for a primary smoothness
- Each piece is hand sanded for a very smooth finish
- Its then assembled by hand to our exacting and precise standards
- It is ultimately finished with a high-quality stain and varnish for a long lasting and durable finish
To conclude, both types of church pews are have true benefits. Both will have high quality, elegant styling and long-lasting durability that will enhance your sanctuary for many years. We hope that this information has given you a better understanding of church pews and how they are priced.
Please feel free to call us at 334-888-8888, if you have any questions or need assistance in purchasing church pews for your sanctuary.