It is not uncommon for churches to be confronted with the choice of having to either repair and update used pews or replace the old pews with new ones. When this time comes, as it surely will, there are a lot of choices that need to be made to ensure that your congregation has an enjoyable experience. For pews that simply need to be reupholstered to return to their former glory, there are a few things you need to know about selecting new fabric.

Most churches look for a fabric that will match their current color scheme, that is durable, and reliable for their specific seating needs. Depending on the type of church furniture you are looking to get reupholstered (longer church pews), you can narrow down the selection of fabrics that are available. By nature, pews are one long, continuous piece of furniture, as such they present a challenge in finding fabric that can cover the full length.

It is important when considering purchasing new fabric for your church pews that you go with a supplier that has experience and expertise in church furniture. There is a plethora of fabrics that are available on the market, they do not all perform to the same level of durability. Some fabric is designed to hold up better on church chairs or auditorium seating and not pews, while other fabric will hold up very well on pews and not other types of furniture.

Here are a few things to consider when looking for replacement fabric for your used church pews.

  • Ask your fabric supplier if they test all of the fabrics that they sell for a variety of performance criteria, such as curve-line issues, seam slippage, and wrinkling.
  • Request fabric card samples before you make a final choice. Failure to see current fabric card samples could lead to disappointment later on. Additionally, your fabric supplier should be able to confidently talk to you about the different options that are available, and cost associated with the various options.
  • Once you have narrowed down your choices from the fabric card samples, you can then request to see actual fabric samples that are larger. From these samples, you can continue to narrow down your choices until you find a fabric that you are satisfied with and that will meet your needs.
  • If you decide to use COM (Customer’s Own Material) or a non-traditional fabric selection, you’ll want to make sure that the fabric you have selected has been tested for your type of seating. Additionally, you’ll want to check shipping and delivery times to ensure that the fabric will be supplied in a timely manner.

At Born Again Pews we understand how important it is to some churches to keep their used pews and reupholster them. Because of this, we have made it our mission to take old pews and restore them to their former glory, so worshipers can continue to enjoy them. If you are in the market for new or used church pews, contact Born Again Pews today!