Whether you’re building a new church, remodeling the sanctuary, or replacing old church chairs, you want to make a smart purchase when getting new chairs. It’s important to make a wise purchase with the church’s funds, but you don’t want to get cheap church chairs that save money in the short term only to end up paying more in the long term.

Buying cheap church chairs that you will end up replacing every few years is not a good strategy. It will end up being a costly decision. But that doesn’t mean that you need to spend a lot on church chairs. “Cheap” chairs are different from “affordable” chairs. Cheap chairs are made using low quality materials and shabby building practices.

If there are people on your church board who are being enticed by low-cost church chairs, keep the following five things in mind so you can distinguish between “cheap” chairs and “affordable” church chairs.

1. Understand the relationship between price and quality

You’ve heard the old expression; you get what you pay for. You don’t want your members sitting in a chair that will “bottom-out” after long periods of sitting. And you certainly don’t want a chair with a weak frame that will collapse while someone is sitting in it.  A cheap church chair is likely going to be of low quality. This can mean anything from how it looks and feels to it being a safety and liability hazard. The cheaper the chair is, the lower the quality is likely to be. If you find individual church chairs that cost less than $45 per chair, chances are they aren’t worth buying.

2. Do your research

If a company only sells cheap products online, you must wonder if the company is trustworthy. Buying church chairs is a big investment, even if you purchase cheaper products. Always do research before choosing a company. Even if you must spend a little more, choosing a company you can trust is worth it!

3. Look for a strong warranty

A reputable company will cover their products with a warranty. Church chairs get a lot of use—they’re used for services, staff meetings, classrooms, rehearsals, and community events on a regular basis. Chairs will need to be moved around, stacked, and repositioned without getting damaged. It won’t take long for cheap church chairs to wear out, get damaged, or break due to their lower-quality materials and construction methods. High quality church chairs should withstand heavy use for at least a decade before they show signs or wear. Some, like Bertolini church chairs, have warranties of 20 to 25 years.

4. Know what sustainability means for your community

Looking out for the environment is extremely important, so you don’t want to purchase cheap church chairs that are harmful to people and the earth. From a sustainability standpoint, it’s much better to purchase well-made chairs that will last, versus having to replace chairs every few years. It’s also important to consider the materials that are used to manufacture the chair. A high-quality chair will likely be made from locally sourced materials including the steel and fabric. You also want to choose a company that adheres to environmental regulations.

5. Consider your members

One of the biggest problems that your congregation will notice about cheap church chairs is the lack of comfort. Having comfortable seating plays such a huge role in how your members engage with your church. No one wants to sit in uncomfortable chairs for long periods of time. Poorly made chairs can make it hard for people to focus on study and worship, and they might even keep people from coming to church. If you have uncomfortable chairs, older church members or individuals with disabilities may not attend because sitting in your chairs is painful.

Learn more about how to choose durable, beautiful church chairs in our blog.

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