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Please tell me about your church chairs!

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  1. annsni

    annsni Administrator
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    We're in the process of converting a warehouse into a worship center for our church campus and we're trying to figure out what chairs to get. I'm thinking of doing the walls in a medium/light grey and the carpet will be a darker grey (maybe but not set in stone for any of this).

    My husband sent me a link to www.churchchairs4less.com - not sure if that's a good place to go or not.

    But what do you have? What color? Anything that you like or don't like about your chairs? We have at our home church pink and burgundy chairs and they have held up pretty well and our other campus has pews (it's a historical church over 150 years old). So tell me about your chairs! :D
     
  2. Revmitchell

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    We have theater chairs. I do not like them but it may have to do with being a big guy. I do not get a lot of complaints about them.
     
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    We have pews, and the "new" sanctuary was just built in 2002, expanded in 2007. We generally as a congregation like pews. Ours are very comfortable, unlike some I've sat in. The carpet is a dusky rose or some fancy named color like that -- :laugh: -- and the pew upholstery, seat and back, matches it in color though not in pattern. (And until I married Liz, I had never noticed any of this in the years since the remodel! :smilewinkgrin: )
     
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    Whatever you decide on, please assure that they are "sit-able" for whatever your longest planned services are.
    Remember that the mind can absorb only to the extent your derrière can endure.

    I SAY THIS NOT IN A FLIGHTY MANNER!!!!!!:BangHead:

    There are some cushioned folding chairs in my SS that would cause me to be leaving before the end if I had to endure more than .75 - 1 hour, so purchase wisely.
     
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    We use chairs similar to those in the link you posted.

    We have a multipurpose worship room and I'm in charge of set-up and take down each Sunday.
    A crew of 2 or 3 can put up 250-300 chairs in about half an hour.

    Even with frequent moving and some abuse they hold up fairly well, needing occasional re-welding in the back of the chairs.

    We've fashioned push-carts to move the individual stacks into a storage room next to the worship room.
    We stack the chairs 10 high which fits through most doorways when transporting them.

    We have light blue-grey chairs without the under-seat storage unit (personally that addition looks like it would be another weak area for welding problems to develop).

    Curiously we also have a grey multipurpose rug just like you describe.
    If you'd like some pictures, PM me with your email address and I'll send you some (next week) or better yet look though the pictures on my church's website. Crossing Community Church, Newtown, PA - under Resources, photo gallery

    The chairs do soil and stain and need occasional cleaning - darker colors may be better but would tend to darken a room.

    Rob
     
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  6. annsni

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    Don't worry - that's my husband's mantra. LOL I totally understand. We may send for some samples and try some out. :)
     
  7. annsni

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    Rob - That would be great!!
     
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    Golly.....our pews are penitential in the extreme, upright backs and the kneelers are such that I have camel knees....Some of the older folk have wee cushions for tail bone and knees. Fortunately, we are bounding about during the Mass so as when your derriere becomes numb, you transfer the pain to your knees etc.
     
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    Does this mean that the "Einsteins" of this world must stand up to think thoughts that go on past the five minute mark????:laugh::laugh::laugh:
     
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    At Cowboy Camp we still use the logs. People are welcome to bring lawn chairs. But they slow you down, if you should run into a moose.


    From my experience in the hospitality industry, single chairs are extremely expensive to buy, they take a long time to set up and tear down, and a lot of them get damaged in handling.

    People file lawsuits against you if they get caught in a folding chair.

    My advice would be to have the congregation show up on a couple saturdays, and install pews. Then you can paint them in any color you want.
     
  11. annsni

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    We definitely don't want pews. First of all, we're in a rented warehouse and what we purchase will go with us when we leave at the end of our lease. Secondly, if we put in pews, our number of occupancy changes and our plans would need to change quite a bit. Lastly, we want the ability to remove the chairs to be able to have events in the worship space. :)
     
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  13. annsni

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    That is similar to what we want but I hear they don't hold up well. We're looking at the ComforTek 7701 chairs which are the same price but seem to hold up better. http://churchfurniturepartner.com/comfortek-ss7701-worship-chair.html
     
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    They look exactly alike. Do they even give a warranty?

    I dont know though......no cup holders. :love2:
     
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    Ooo! Ooo! I know!

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    There ya go, Ann! Perfect! :laugh:
     
  16. annsni

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    Leather so easy to clean.

    Cup holders - check.

    Dark color to hide any stains - check.

    Plus the great sound system - perfect!!

    :thumbsup:
     
  17. TomMcElheny

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    Keep in mind that any reputable provider will send you a free sample of the chair you are looking to purchase AND they will affirm that the sample is the exact same chair that you will purchase. They will also give you a lifetime warranty and replace faulty chairs - without requiring you to pay for shipping and handling. I have personally spoken to re-sellers who will not stand behind their products like this!

    Here is some information that may be of value to you: The Anatomy of a Good Church Chair - full disclosure - I am the owner of ChurchPlaza, and I do not want to seem advertorial. You are welcome to call and talk to any of us before making a purchase (from anyone!) to get advice. We are happy to help the local church and just want to protect you from getting ripped off or making a bad investment in seating that just won't last - or isn't guaranteed.
     
  18. annsni

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    Thanks Tom. Well, through this past year, we worked hard to come up with a good design for the warehouse we moved into and worked with the town and county to get our permits but there ended up being insurmountable hurdles to getting the permits so last week, we moved out. Just when we found out we couldn't build out the warehouse, my husband found another church that was struggling who was looking for a church to come in to share the space and ... they have chairs! LOL This past year, we worked off of plastic folding chairs but now we have great, thick, comfortable seats. Praise God!!

    I appreciate you posting though. I definitely would have checked your chairs out should we have needed them.
     
  19. TomMcElheny

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    That is a blessing! I'm glad you were able to work out a partnership with the other church.
     
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