28 February

Cost of Refinishing Church Pews vs New Pews

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Considering whether to refinish your church pews versus buying new ones?  We understand it’s a delicate balancing act- you want to be a good steward of your church budget, ensure congregants are comfortable for church members, while considering the value propositions of each, and time required for either project.

McPhail Church Services wants to partner with you in making the best, most cost-effective decision for your congregation.  We’re happy to meet with you and discuss pricing on pew reupholstering, versus purchasing new pews, so you’re fully armed with the details you’ll need to consider what’s best and share with decision makers.

Points to consider:


As you can imagine, there are a variety of issues to consider when making your decision. The more information you can share with us, the better we’ll be able to lay out your options so you can make an informed decision moving forward in your church update or redesign.

  • Number of pews- How many pews will the project involve?  Will all pews require refurbishment/replacement? 
  • Refinishing (wood structure) only, or refinishing and reupholstering?  If your pews are upholstered, you’ll need to consider replacing the seating when you refinish the wooden pew itself. 
  • Fabric- reupholstery charges can vary widely depending on the fabric you choose, and as you can imagine, there are a wealth of options.  One thing to consider is longevity:  you want to pick a textile that can stand up to years of repeated use, while at the same time providing a comfortable seat.    You’ll want to consider fabrics specifically treated to repel moisture, or that are dust- or stain-resistant.
  • Comfort- this is a big one. From worship services to church meetings to special occasions, the church pews will play host to years of events, and the comfort of your congregation is paramount.

Cost of reupholstering vs. replacing pews

Reupholstering church pews is an excellent way to refresh your sanctuary without having to invest in a costly new set of pews. The good news is, if the wooden structures of your pews are in good shape (no warping, cracks/structural damage), you can save a significant amount of money by simply reupholstering the pew seats (fabric and cushion)!

Once you’ve made the decision to move forward with refurbishing the pew seats, McPhail Church Services can step in and ensure the project is done to exacting professional standards, so you get the most out of your budget.  

Pew upholstery is our most popular service for churches, synagogues and other sanctuaries, and we serve all of the east coast and as far away as Texas!   McPhail Church Services is the national industry leader for pew reupholstery.  Our services are timely, affordable, and we offer a 15-year warranty on all of our upholstery.  

As you move forward making your decisions for refreshing your church space, remember that McPhail Church Services provides a variety of services to help you restore, repair or transport furniture for your organization or place of worship- no matter the size!   

Contact us today to get a free quote for how we can help you move forward on your project.  We look forward to serving you!

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