Considerations for Your Church Seating

October 31, 2019

When selecting the right seating for your church or religious establishment, you can often find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the task because there are many factors to take into consideration.

You need to find seating that balances the multiple needs of your congregation whilst coordinating with your unique church interior and upholding history and tradition at the same time.

The church seating you choose should also be highly versatile, durable and adaptable to the various functions and events held in your church.

Here is some advice that can help you find the right church seating for you without stress or headaches.

We’ll start by considering the difference between pews and stacking chairs. Next, we’ll consider how church seating is being modernised. Then we’ll round up by sharing four tips that can help you choose.

The difference between pews and stacking chairs

Traditionally, churches featured traditional wooden pews which would use a material that was in abundance at the time, allow many people to sit together and offer a sense of community.

They also offered a traditional and classic look, they were usually handcrafted, and they were good for people who liked to stretch out or children who found it hard to sit still.

However, these pews were also uncomfortable, they didn’t provide much personal space and were large and heavy pieces of furniture that were often bolted to the floor. They were also expensive, they couldn’t be adapted to the needs of a room and there were limited design options.


This often resulted in a congregation that felt disconnected from the church, separate from the sermon, and even distant from God. Many people were put off attending church for these reasons.

On the other hand, stacking chairs are highly flexible and can be moved around a room as required. They’re modern, durable more affordable than pews and come in a huge variety of materials, textures and finishes. This allows them to fit in a variety of church spaces, whether in a listed building or a modern venue.

They’re more comfortable as they are often padded and upholstered and they can be stored easily when not needed.

How seating is being modernised in churches

These days, churches have realised that they need to modernise if they want to attract new worshippers and allow their church to remain a strong presence in their local community. This includes a variety of factors including the church seating.

Many have swapped those traditional pews for modern chairs as they realise that the flexibility they can offer can be transformative for the congregation.

People can sit closer and feel more connected to the sermon and to each other. Morale and sense of community are boosted as the energy of the room flows better. The seating layout can be changed to best meet the needs of various functions and events, and the seating can be adjusted to improve accessibility for more vulnerable groups such as the disabled or the elderly.

How to choose your church seating

Below you can find several factors that you should consider when updating your church seating.

1. Consider your space

Both the amount of space you have available and the ways you’d like to use your space will impact massively on the type of stacking chair you select for your church.

Questions that you should ask yourself include:

  • What does the space need to be used for? Are there multiple uses or just one?
  • Do we need to change the seating layout, add extra seating or change the space on a regular basis?
  • Is space limited?
  • Are there church design limitations that you need to work around?
  • Are there rules concerning what type of seating you can use within the space?
  • Do you need to use particular layouts of seating?

2. Consider your congregation

When choosing the right seating for your church, ensure you consider the unique needs of your congregation to allow them to feel as comfortable and as welcomed as possible.

Each age group will have slightly different requirements.

Younger members of the congregation might find it hard to sit still and require a more stable seat that doesn’t move yet feel perfectly comfortable on a wooden beech finish stacking chair. Older members might require greater comfort in the form of padded seats, larger backrests and maximum flexibility.

3. Consider your church interior 

Your unique church building will have its own requirements when it comes to the design of your church seating.

Historical buildings are more likely to require a more traditional chair which blends with the interiors whilst modern church venues might prefer modern, functional and minimalist design.

Our stackable church seating comes in many designs, colours, fabrics, materials and frame finishes which can be tailored according to your unique requirements, purpose and tastes of your congregation. You can enjoy maximum flexibility without ever needing to compromise when it comes to style.

4. Quantity

Again, ask yourself what the space will be used for and how many members of the church community will need seating at any one time. Consider the various events and functions that can take place and always err on the side of caution.

We offer a range of high-density stacking chairs which can store compactly in the smallest of areas when not needed, manoeuvred easily and are durable enough to stand up to everyday demands.

Continuous innovation and modernisation have changed the options available for church seating and allowed it to become more modern, comfortable and stylish.

Allowing for maximum flexibility and durability, these stacking chairs make the most of the space, coordinate effortlessly with all church interiors and help the church embrace worship in the 21st century with open arms.