Interior Design

Four Important Steps to Prepare for Selecting Church Building Interior Finishes

One of the more daunting tasks during the church design process is determining what the interior finishes of your church building will be.  It’s not something church leaders can jump right into. There are so many options and decisions to be made, like the color and types of flooring, fixtures and furniture, paint and wall coverings, to name a few. It may be difficult to know where to start, but here are four steps to help make certain that all of your interior finishes will support your vision for ministry and make your building attractive to those you want to reach.

Step 1: Define Your Church Vision

This step may not seem obvious, but it’s critically important. In fact, we write frequently about the importance of having a church vision for your church design process. Who are you trying to reach? What are your ministries? What do you want to convey as people are entering the space? Your interior finishes are more than just carpet and paint on the walls. It’s about the impression you give to people who walk in the doors. Having clarity on these questions, your finishes, and overall design will align with the objectives of your ministry.

Step 2: Assemble the Right Interior Design Team

As your vision is finalized, it’s time to get your team in place. The interior design team will likely be a sub-group of the construction team. A smaller group will help make decisions easier to complete. You want people who understand both (1) your vision for ministry and (2) that it’s not about their personal needs, desires, or preferences. You want people who can focus on what you’re trying to accomplish. It can be helpful to include some that have some experience or background with interior design or a related trade, but it is not necessary if you are partnered with professionals. Once the team is determined, they should visit other area churches, and even local retail and restaurant locations to understand what people in the area are accustomed to seeing. You know the community but look at the spaces in new ways to see the details. Take pictures of the things you would like to consider including in your design. Doing so will help the final interior finish selections fit into the overall style of the community.  

Step 3: Engage Church Design Professionals

If you’re constructing a new church building or doing major architectural renovations, you should already be engaging with church design professionals who can provide wisdom and resources on interior design. The McKnight Group includes this help for all our clients. This is also an important step for smaller projects. While it may seem like enough to have a church member on your design team who’s recently remodeled their home, or even one who has some commercial experience, they won’t necessarily know the nuances of selecting all of the finishes for your church.

Step 4: Consider Your Church Building Budget

Finally (and yes, these steps are somewhat integrated timewise), you will need to be clear about what your church building budget will allow before you begin choosing interior finishes. Again, if your interior design project is part of a broader church building package, that master plan will most likely already include a budget for interior finishes. If not, then you’ll need to pay careful attention to what you can afford as you begin to discuss what you would like in terms of finishes.

Once these four steps are completed, it will be time to actually do the selecting. But by having done the groundwork we’ve outlined; the task should be much less daunting. For other tips on church design and church building, feel free to visit the webpage for our webinars and sign up for our next free i3 webinar.

2021-05-11T18:14:02+00:00 May 11th, 2021|Church Building, Church Design, Interior Design|

Answering Some Church Building Interior Design Questions

From time to time, we share questions and answers from our free i3 webinars so church leaders can learn from others facing similar situations. Recently, our Interior Design expert Jennifer Snider answered participants’ questions about different aspects of church design interior finishes, including interior walls and design renderings. For those of you who might have missed this webinar, below are Jennifer’s responses to these questions.

We also invite your interior design and church building questions at any time. We are happy to talk about the scope of your church design project and the best way to approach your new church building or remodeling plans. Perhaps we can help you determine the resources you would need. To request a consultation, simply reach out to us by phone at 800-625-6448 or by email at request@mcknightgroup.com.

Question 1: Should Church Building Ceiling and Wall Textures Be the Same or Different?

The short answer is that there’s not necessarily any firm rule about it. Depending on the size of your church building, you may have ceilings of different materials, such as acoustical tile, alongside a smooth wall finish. Depending on how old your church building is—if, for example, you’re doing a renovation to update an older building—you might have popcorn drywall ceilings. We typically see a preference to smooth out those older ceilings.

Most church leaders’ preferences, at least in the Midwest, are for a smooth wall surface and a smooth ceiling surface, both of which are drywall. However, there are parts of the country where textured walls are more common. Texture is also an easier finish to complete and can be a nice way to hide an uneven surface during remodeling. In terms of your budget, if you’re going to have a smooth finish on your ceiling, you will likely need to spend a little bit more money to get an experienced dry-waller who can work at a level sufficient to prevent any seams or imperfections showing.

Question 2: Stone or Wood Accent Wall: Which Will Last Longer, in Terms of Style?

Wood has become really popular lately, especially the barn wood look or the pallet wood accent walls. From a longevity standpoint, in terms of church design, we believe that stone is going to have a longer life. Some of the wood looks are trendier, whereas stone is a natural product that always has that same test-of-time look to it. So, between the two, for longevity of style, it’s preferable to integrate stone accent walls into your interior design.

Question 3: Do We Need an Interior Design Rendering in Our Church Design Portfolio?

We do always recommend at least some interior design rendering. It is very helpful for people to be able to see what the proposed church building space would look like on the inside as well as the exterior. So, a rendering may be an important option to consider when you’re preparing to present your church building project to your congregation. It helps everyone buy in to your new church design and more easily connect with your church vision for the space.

As we mentioned, these good questions came from one of our free i3 webinars. Sign up for our upcoming webinars to learn more about church building and design and to ask questions of your own.

2020-09-15T20:51:00+00:00 September 15th, 2020|Church Building, Church Design, Interior Design|

Learn About the Latest in Carpet Technology for Your Church Building

When considering how to make your church interior a welcoming space, one key element is the flooring choices you make. Carpeting is a common and great choice for church interior design, but in recent years the options have changed considerably. In this post, we share the latest information about carpet technology and explain why carpet tile is a good option for the interior design of your church building.

What is Carpet Tile?

Traditionally, carpet was manufactured and transported in 12-foot-long rolls, called broadloom. You’ve probably seen carpet rolls like that along the back wall of home improvement stores. While it’s easy to create a uniform look, broadloom carpet has disadvantages, especially if a section gets damaged and you need to replace it. Fortunately, carpet tile has developed into a superior product that provides a number of advantages over broadloom.

Carpet tile generally comes in square or rectangular shapes, typical sizes are 24”x24” and 18”x36”, although some patterns are available in other sizes, such 9”x36”.  More complex shapes are also available, such as hexigons. It installs easily and there is less waste with the installation process, but unlike ceramic or vinyl tile, it provides a welcoming warmth and softness, along with better acoustics. You can also more easily create patterns with carpet tile that can help convey your church design and vision for ministry.

Being Good Stewards with Your Church Building Carpeting

Choosing carpet tile is good stewardship for a number of reasons. As noted above, there’s less waste in the installation process. It’s easy to replace just one or two carpet tiles if there’s stain or damage to the carpet, rather than needing to replace an entire section. The vinyl backing on carpet tiles also helps keep spills from seeping through to the floor.

As with any interior design materials, you get what you pay for. You don’t want residential quality carpeting, because your church building will have a lot more traffic than you would have in your house. Code also requires commercial grade carpet in your building.  With commercial carpeting, you want to avoid the commercial grade carpet that’s considered “tenant improvement” grade. These carpet tiles are designed only to last five years, presuming that new carpeting will be installed with each new tenant in an office building. Good stewardship requires an investment in better quality materials that will last longer.

Creating and Maintaining that Perfect Church Interior Design Look

As you can see in this photo, carpet tiles don’t have to look uniform or appear as tiles. Patterns can be highlighted or minimized, depending on how much interest and focus you want on carpeting in a particular area of your church building.

Other reasons to invest in superior quality carpet tile are related to warranty and maintenance. You will want to purchase carpet tile that includes warranties against edge ravel (where the yarn pulls off the backing and the weaving unravels), delamination separation (where the carpet comes off the vinyl backing), and wear. You can also be good stewards by investing in carpet tile with stain resistant qualities. All carpets can stain, but stain resistance allows for easier cleaning, because the carpet yarns are treated in such a way that they release the stain more easily.

To keep up with the latest innovations in every aspect of church design, sign up today for our upcoming free i3 church building webinars.

2020-08-11T22:13:21+00:00 August 11th, 2020|Church Building, Church Design, Interior Design|

Including First Impression Spaces in Your Church Building Interior Design

First impressions are so important when remodeling a church building or creating a church design for a new structure. Whether people are driving by your church building or walking in the doors for the first time, they will unconsciously make judgments and decisions about your church community based on what they see. While it’s obvious how important the façade of your church building is to make all feel welcome and help them want to return, the interior design is also critical, especially certain areas.

The First Interior Spaces Guests Encounter in Your Church Building

Every inch of your church building will make an impression on worshipers and guests. But there are specific areas that make more of a difference than others. Your lobby is the key area for making a good first impression. Whether you’re going for an impression of old-fashioned comfort or sleek, modern style, you will give guests a sense of your church and where it places value by how clean, attractive, and well-kept your lobby or foyer appears. If you’ve got a café located off of your lobby, that draws in people if it’s inviting—but not if it’s dark and dingy and appears old or unclean.

Focusing on Interior Design Deeper in Your Building

Once guests move beyond the lobby and café, they will continue to assess your church community based on how other parts of your church building appear. Restrooms are one key component to making a good impression. Perhaps there was a time when you went to a restaurant and the restroom surprised you because it looked run-down, it wasn’t kept clean, or some of the light bulbs were dark. The same kind of reaction can happen if you don’t take care with the interior design and upkeep of restrooms in your church building.

Two other areas that tend to focus guests’ attention are the worship center children’s areas. The worship center needs careful attention to its interior design. You want guests to feel comfortable and safe in your worship space, and to feel free to worship. If the floor is sticky or the carpet worn, or if it’s difficult to safely navigate in semi-darkness, guests might decide to worship elsewhere next Sunday.  The design of your worship center can also help enhance the worship experience.  Children’s areas are also important first impression spaces. Parents will immediately decide whether you value children based on the interior design and upkeep of your children’s areas. Walls that need repainting and dark areas that aren’t well-lit or kept clean can cause parents to decide to take their children elsewhere. A vibrant, kid-oriented space will not only attract kids, but also encourage parents that you care for their children.

Making Smart Interior Design Decisions with Every Step

You might feel that the entryway to your church building is the least exciting part, but it’s as important as anywhere else to invest in smart interior design. For example, rain, or if your church is located in an area of the country that gets a lot of it, snow, can easily ruin a first impression right at the front door. You can make your entryway attractive (and avoid costly lawsuits) by installing walk-off carpet tiles, like the ones seen here, in the entryway. These tiles are designed to absorb as much as 80% of moisture and soil that people bring in on their shoes when placed effectively. When installed to allow for the recommended 6 to 8 footfalls, you won’t have to lay down rugs (which are a tripping hazard anyway) or worry about falls on slippery porcelain tile or vinyl floor surfaces.

As you can see, every square foot of your church building can benefit from intentional application of intelligent interior design. Stay tuned for more on this topic and sign up today for our free i3 webinars to keep up with the latest interior design and church building trends.

2020-07-21T20:27:07+00:00 July 21st, 2020|Church Building, Church Design, Interior Design|

Getting Interior Design Off to a Good Start for Your Church Building Project

We often share on this blog the many processes, and best practices, for putting together and successfully executing a church building project. There are always multiple elements that must be woven together to create a successful church design. Interior design is an integral part of this process; as the saying goes, you only get one chance to make a good first impression. This is why we recommend putting together an interior design team very soon in the church design process.

When to Form Your Interior Design Team

Many church leaders can mistakenly believe that, since the interior of a church building is completed last, you don’t need to work on interior design until later. However, we believe it’s important to keep the whole picture in sight throughout the process.  The extent of your project will determine the best time to form your interior design team.  For a remodeling project you are planning on your own, we suggest that as soon as your vision for ministry has been determined by your church’s leadership team, it’s time to form an interior design team. When your project involves architectural changes or is new construction, your interior design team will jump begin to get involved during your construction drawing phase. Completing a successful church design project depends on good planning and making the right decisions from the start.

Key Elements to Composing the Best Interior Design Team

You want a small group, so that decisions can be made efficiently. The most important qualification for members of the group is that they have a clear understanding of your vision, and for them to be outwardly looking.

It’s easy for team members to become focused on what they like and want in a church building interior. If potential team members tend to say, “I don’t like this,” or “I don’t like that,” they’re missing the purpose of the interior design team. You want team members who can concentrate on what you’re trying to accomplish as a church and focus on the best decisions for your ministries and who you are trying to reach for Christ.

When it comes to choosing members of the team, you may have some people with some professional experience, or a background in some element of interior design that can be helpful. You will also need a member of the construction committee on your team so that communication and updates flow freely in both directions. It’s not important to recruit people who have renovated their own homes and therefore feel they have interior design expertise. There are a number of critical differences between residential and commercial finishes that will be especially important to understand.

When to Integrate Church Building Professionals into Your Process

The differences between residential and commercial design are just one reason we suggest involving professional consultants in your interior design process. Professionals will be able to offer resources and expertise to both the church design and the church building process. Exactly when you introduce professionals into the process may depend on whether you’re constructing a new church design from scratch, or undertaking a building renovation or “face lift” of existing space in your church building. The important thing is to recognize the value and wisdom that knowledgeable professionals, such as The McKnight Group, can bring to your interior design team.

We’ve been sharing best practices like these on every element of church design and construction for many years now. One of the most effective ways has been through our free i3 webinars. To learn more, visit our i3 page and sign up for our next webinar.

 

2020-07-14T19:45:23+00:00 July 14th, 2020|Church Building, Church Design, Interior Design|

Keep Your Church Building Interior Design Looking Like New with Proper Maintenance

Recently, we posted a two-part series on creating a successful interior design process for churches. Jennifer Snider, The McKnight Group’s interior designer, guided you through six important steps for a church building interior design program. (To read Part 1, click here; to read Part 2, click here.)

In this post, she adds a seventh step, which comes after the design and implementation process. It’s the best way to protect your significant investment in a church remodeling project or brand-new building.

Step 7: Invest in the Maintenance of Your New Interior

This seventh step is the key to good stewardship of your church building: maintenance of your new interior.

All those finishes, furnishings, and flooring will be subject to a lot of feet and fingers over the months and years ahead. Spills will happen, dirt will accumulate, shine will tarnish, scuffs will appear.

Which is why it’s essential to set up a maintenance plan as you are completing your church remodeling project or inaugurating your new church building. Good habits are best set at the beginning, and regular cleaning is critical to keeping your interior design looking new and fresh for as long as possible.

Spread the Word About Church Building Maintenance

One of the best ways to establish good habits is to spread the word about them. When you’re thinking about protecting your interior design investment, there are two important messages you want to spread.

First, you tell everyone in your church family that it’s OK—and actually necessary—to speak up about spills. The longer a spill stays on carpeting or seating fabric, the deeper it penetrates into the fibers and the harder it will be to clean. “Stain-resistant” doesn’t mean “stain-impervious.” Let everyone know it’s not wrong to spill (these will happen), it’s just wrong not to say something when it happens.

The second way to spread the word involves your church building maintenance crew. Whether they are a team of dedicated volunteers or part of your paid staff, your maintenance team needs to know what you have learned about your various fabrics, finishes, and flooring during the interior design process.

All information about cleaning and other maintenance needs to be passed on from your interior design team to your maintenance team, so they can benefit from everything you have learned.

Maintaining Your New Interior Is Good Stewardship

Your church building interior design forms a critical part of your church vision. To outside eyes it may not always be obvious that you’ve invested in maintaining your church facility, but it will certainly be obvious if you neglect to maintain it. Investing time and energy in maintaining your new interior design is also good stewardship of the financial contributions that paid for those new furnishings, finishes, and flooring.

We hope this series of steps has been helpful as you think about the interior of your own church building. For other helpful church building and remodeling tips, take advantage of our i3 webinars. Simply visit our website and sign up—they’re all free.

2017-09-26T14:50:30+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Church Maintenance, Interior Design|

Steps for a Successful Church Building Interior Design Process, Part 2

This post concludes our two-part series on how to optimize the interior design process for your church (for Part 1, click here). Whether you’re remodeling an existing church building or undertaking new construction, the interior design process has its own components and time frame that need to be addressed.

Jennifer Snider, our staff interior designer, has put together a series of critical steps for a successful church interior design project. We pick-up her suggestions with Step 4.

Step 4: Consider Inviting Professionals into the Process

The extent to which you involve professionals is going to depend in part on the size and scope of your project.

Obviously, if you’re erecting a new church building, you’re already involving professionals like The McKnight Group with the construction. But it also makes good sense to tap our design team to help you along.

If you’re just doing a church remodeling project with interior design components, you might be able to handle that on your own. Still, professionals are going to offer resources you would not necessarily have access to or know about. They can provide ideas that might not have occurred to you and they can help you make the right decisions and keep you on course.

Thus, professionals can often save you both time and money, helping your project stay on track, on budget, and in alignment with your church’s vision no matter how big or small the project is.

Step 5: Explore Possible Interior Finishes for Your Church Building

One helpful way to start this process is to do site visits and collect ideas. This can be done very methodically, but don’t miss out on any random-chance opportunities that come your way. You want to collect ideas, both of things that you like but also things you don’t like, as it’s sometimes useful to identify design elements that aren’t going to work for your church’s vision.

Your site visits could be to other churches that minister in a similar way you do—or want to do. But there are other types of places you can visit as well. For example, if you’re planning to add a café, visiting coffee shops can help you understand how interior finishes affect the feel and use of a space.

Think also about the people you’re trying to reach with your church remodel or build, then go where they go, so you can see what speaks to them. You can take pictures with your phone, and bring back images to your interior design team for consideration.

Step 6: Execute Your Church Remodeling or New Building Interior Design Plan

This step is what most people think of as the entire process—but you can see it’s really the culmination of all the steps preceding it.

You’ll need to order materials and coordinate between the different subcontractors you hire, so that painting and flooring happen in the correct order. Make sure you have all the right people in place at the right times, so that everything can happen as efficiently as possible.

Also, if you’re undertaking a church remodeling project, you’ll need to consider how to continue worship and other ministries during the renovation phase. This can be frustrating for everyone, so warn both leaders and participants far in advance. You want to prepare them for the changes and remind them of the reason you’re doing all this work in the first place: your church vision to reach people for Christ.

But Wait: There’s More

So that’s it—but not really. There’s actually one more step that’s just as important as the first six, and we’ll reveal that in our next blog post. While you wait, feel free to visit our website and sign up for any of our free i3 webinars. We promise they’ll be filled with helpful information, just like this post!

2018-02-21T21:04:42+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Church Building, Interior Design|

Steps for a Successful Church Building Interior Design Project, Part 1

Whether you’re constructing a new church building or undertaking a remodeling project, the interior design component is deserving of its own process and time frame. To help you understand the critical steps you should take, we’ve invited Jennifer Snider to share her expertise in this area.

Jennifer Snider is the McKnight Group’s Interior Designer. She has been with us for over a dozen years, working with more than 75 churches to successfully create interior designs that work.

Jennifer suggests there are some critical steps to a successful church interior design project. In part one of this series, we present the first three.

Step 1: Define Your Vision

Wisdom teaches us at a young age that if you don’t know why you’re doing something, you can easily get off track. This is especially true when it comes to interior design. If you aren’t focused on your church’s vision for the project from the start, you are likely to create an interior design that’s based on your own personal preferences rather than the image your church building needs to convey to guests and members alike.

Instead, make decisions that are outward and mission-focused, rather than focused internally. Each step of the way, these choices need to reflect the new church vision that sparked the need for a building or remodeling project in the first place.

Step 2: Assemble Your Interior Design Team

A team should consist of three to five members, depending on the extent of the project and the areas involved. If, for example, your project includes children’s spaces, you might need a subset of people who will be specifically focused on the ministry needs for that particular type of space.

Select team members who understand that your church vision must override their personal preferences for interior design. Consider who in your community has a heart for ministry and an understanding of how the look and feel of spaces can impact guests. Other reasons to keep the group small are to help everyone stay on task and make decisions in a timely manner.

Step 3: Create a Master Plan for Your Church Remodeling or New Building Project

When you’ve got your team assembled, start with the big picture. Determine the entire scope of the project, as you’d like it to unfold. When you set the sky as the limit, you allow all the components to get out on the table, and avoid missing anything that’s important. Then you can get down to the more challenging work of figuring out what works within your budget and creating a timeframe for completing the most critical elements first by prioritizing phases for your project. 

Step 4 will assist you with your master plan, so stay tuned as we cover the rest of Jennifer Snider’s tips for completing a successful church interior design project in our next blog post. While you wait, take a moment to sign up for our next free i3 webinar by visiting our website. Tips like the ones in this post came from a past webinar, which gives you a sense of how helpful they can be!

2017-09-12T15:11:42+00:00 September 12th, 2017|Church Building, Church Design, Interior Design|

Finishing Touches for Interior Design Frequent Questions

Over the past several months, Jennifer Snider, our interior designer, has been responding to your questions about church interior design. In this post, she wraps up the series by taking a look at two of the finishing touches you’ll want to consider for your remodeled or new church building: appropriate furniture and signage.

Embracing Furniture Flexibility

You can see in this first image, showing a seating area at Archbold Evangelical Mennonite Church, that they’ve set aside a place in their church building for people to gather for fellowship. In this case, they’ve provided ottomans instead of coffee tables. This allows for maximum flexibility, since each ottoman can become a seat to accommodate a larger group. They also chose individual chairs rather than sofas or loveseats, making it easier to rearrange the furniture to suit groups of varying sizes.

Flexibility is also key in the café, as you can see in this picture from Gateway Church of the Nazarene. Here they have intentionally chosen to use square tables rather than the more common round tables. This provides flexibility since it’s easier to push a few square tables together to furnish a larger group.

Investing in Furniture Durability

Another element of successful church interior design is to choose furniture that is commercial grade. This seating nook at Blue Grass United Methodist Church, for example, uses commercial-grade seating, even though the chairs look as though they could have come right out of someone’s home.

Code requires church buildings to use commercial-grade materials. Commercial grade furnishes are also more durable and will last longer, which is essential given the higher volume of traffic a church can expect. The warranties of residential grade products will also be void if used in a commercial setting.

Making the investment in commercial grade is also good stewardship. You want your new church building or renovation project to stand the test of time, just like you want your church vision to continue growing your church community.

Welcoming Guests with Proper Church Building Signage

Another factor to consider in your church vision is how you welcome guests. If people walk into your church building and can’t find their way around, they won’t feel as welcome and may not return.

In this picture, also from Gateway Church of the Nazarene, the entrance to the auditorium is clearly marked. In addition to helping guests find their way around, such signage introduces them to your church’s vocabulary. “Auditorium,” “worship space,” and “sanctuary” could all be names used for the same space. Clear signage helps guests begin to understand your specific church vision.

One good way to find out where you might need signage in your church building is to walk in the front doors, pretending you haven’t ever been there before. Would you know where to take your children for children’s church? Would you be able to find the restrooms? Could you find your way to the worship center or sanctuary or auditorium? Whenever you aren’t sure where to turn, that’s a good place for signage.

More Church Interior Design Tips

We hope you’ve found this FAQs series helpful. If you want more tips on the best church interior designs or help understanding what makes a great church building, sign up for our free i3 webinar series (simply visit our website) or give us a call at 800-625-6448. We’ll be glad to help.

2018-02-21T21:04:54+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Church Building, Church Design, Interior Design|

Answers to Church Building Questions Continued: Worship Seating

Once again, Jennifer Snider, our interior designer, answers your church remodeling and new building questions.

One question that always arises at some point in the church building process is the following: What type of seating should we use in the worship area?

There are several options available, and in this post Jennifer gives you her opinions about the three main types.

Pews: A Time-Honored Look for Worship Spaces

While we think of pews as the “traditional” choice for churches, in fact, the earliest churches had no seating options at all; worshippers stood instead.

Parma Baptist SeatingToday, of course, every church building comes with seating of some sort, and pews are the most traditional. This means that if you’re looking for a traditional feel in your worship space, pews might be the answer, as you can see in this illustration from Parma Baptist Church.

Pews might also be the right choice if your church remodeling project involves working with a sloped floor, as was the case with Parma. Lots of older worship spaces have a sloped floor, especially if pews were initially installed in a bigger worship area.

You might find that simply reupholstering existing pews gives you a nice, clean look—but don’t expect it to be less expensive than removing the pews and installing chairs. Reupholstering involves not just new fabric, but also new padding, and of course labor.

Theater Seating: A Variety of Styles for Your Church Building

Grove City CON SeatingAnother option, if your church remodeling project involves a sloped floor, is theater seating, as you can see here at Grove City Church of the Nazarene.

Because theater seats aren’t movable, they also can be installed on a sloped floor. Advantages to theater seating include a variety of styles and accessories to choose from.

Notice, too, how Grove City also places chairs in front of its theater seating. Such an arrangement allows the church to remove those chairs and have a larger, more flexible area up front to allow flexibility for your ministry.

Chairs: The Ultimate in Flexibility

Brooke Hills SeatingAt Brooke Hills Free Methodist Church, metal worship chairs were installed in the multi-ministry space, as you can see here. This allows Brooke Hills to easily rearrange the space to accommodate different types of activities, such as banquets, breakout sessions, or to remove the chairs completely.

We understand that the goals of many church remodeling projects include increased flexibility and a more modern feel to the worship space. In those cases, chairs are usually the first choice for church leaders.

We do want to note a couple of things in this photo. First, you will see that at the end of some of the rows there are a few chairs with arms. These chairs are helpful for people who need the leverage provided by arms in order to stand and sit.

You may have also noticed that these chairs have fully upholstered backs. Most chair catalogs focus on the front of the chair, but when you walk into a worship space, as this picture shows, it’s the back of the chairs that you’re going to see first. Spending a little extra on upholstered backs gives a nice, clean look to the worship center.

Archbold SeatingAnother more elegant seating option is wood framed chairs, shown here at Archbold Evangelical. While more expensive than metal chairs, they look much nicer, still stack for flexibility and can be a bridge between pews and metal framed chairs. Wood framed chairs work best in places like chapels and sanctuaries where the look of metal chairs just isn’t that appealing.

Watch for More Church Remodeling and Seating Posts

There is a lot to talk about when it comes to seating options for your church remodeling or new building project, so look for more information in future posts. Meanwhile, we suggest that you sign up for our free i3 webinar series to learn more handy tips about church building and renovation projects. Simply visit our website to get involved.

2017-06-20T14:05:27+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|Advice, Church Building, Church Design, Interior Design, Interior Design|