Creating the Ideal Sanctuary: The Right Pew Makes Possible the Receipt of The Word

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Choosing a qualified church furniture manufacturer.

Many a pastor, priest, deacon or elder has braved the task of ensuring that pew placement will be attractive and fit into the overall visual theme of a sanctuary. Gained through the experience of some of those who have come before, here are some tips on the choice, acquisition, and installation of those all-important pews.

1. Choose a manufacturer that understands the science of designing pews

While at first glance a church pew may be a simple undertaking for any experienced carpenter, there are many aspects of its design and placement that make it the better province of experts.

A church furniture manufacturer like Imperial Woodworks of Waco, Texas, a specialist in the manufacture and installation of church pews for 46 years, takes into consideration aspects such as spacing, special anchoring requirements for different types of flooring (carpeted, tiled, etc.), types of wood that will last the longest and how church pews are best made comfortable.

Imperial Woodworks is also experienced in the nuances of structural integrity that other carpenters may miss. For example, the back of the seat is exactly constructed and pitched not just to support the person seated in it, but also to accommodate that fact that worshipers in the following row use the back as support to rise to their feet.

2. Have your manufacturer work directly with the builder and, if possible, the architect.

Many architect and builder errors are not committed through malice; the building codes and issues involved would only be familiar to someone who works with a custom manufacturer of furniture for churches on a regular basis.

Hence having someone working with a church builder who has traveled this road many times is a considerable advantage.

While it’s not always possible to have an architect name the manufacturer right in the church building plans, it will greatly assist up the line if the architect can coordinate with the church furniture manufacturer at the outset. Imperial Woodworks, for example, offers a free service to architects to assist them in church pew layout.

3. Choose a manufacturer who is flexible and can change on the fly.

If the architect and the manufacturer cannot coordinate from the beginning, it well behooves a church to choose a manufacturer who can be flexible when needed and one that can handle last minute situations like when a beam or other architectural necessity ends up being placed where a pew is supposed to go.

“Our architect didn’t listen to us as well as he should’ve,” says Building Finance Chairman Larry Linman of the American Lutheran Church in Bourbonnais, Illinois. “Our old church had aisles that measured 5 feet 4 inches, and we told him they weren’t wide enough. When the architect designed the new church, three of the aisles were even narrower--48 inches.”

“[Imperial] came out right away and cut a couple of the pews right at the church to match, so that they were neat. They then moved all the pews. That accommodation really helped us,” says Linman.

It takes the right furnishings to create the ideal sanctuary, and assistance from an expert in church pew manufacturing and placement that will ensure the building is completed on time, and exactly as the builders specified it.

Imperial Woodworks, Inc.

John Hancock

Phone: (800) 234-6624

Fax: (254) 741-0736


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