Restore/re-upholster existing pews and other church seating
Option #4 is normally the most economical, but the cost can be cut down even further if you decide to go that route. Here's how:
KEEP IT OR DUMP IT?
FIRST OF ALL you can ask about reusing your old foam. Keep in mind that this can ONLY be accomplished if your pews have fixed upholstery already. Foam (or cushion) in pews is a petroleum-based product and is one the largest expenses in the pew refurbishing process. On most occasions the foam in your seating will out last the life of your fabric, and will certainly outlast its currency with modern fabric trends. This all depends on the density of the foam.
Take a seat in your pew. Do you feel like you bottom out or feel like you're almost sitting directly on the wood? This is an indication that it is probably a good time to update your foam. However if there is still a degree of support, you may want to considering reusing it.
BUT REMEMBER to weigh-out your immediate savings with the the possibility of having to get this whole process done again in five years instead of the standard 10-20!
This is NOT an easy decision. We know!
ADD SUPPORT TO YOUR PEWS VERSUS COMPLETE REPLACEMENT
Let's consider that you feel you have a solid 8+ years left in your foam. You may be able to increase that time by having the upholsterers bolster the old pew foam with a narrow strip of new pew foam underneath. This small addition makes a world of difference and even provides a degree of wrinkle protection in your pew upholstery.
McPhail Church Services is one of very few (if not the ONLY) company in our service region that offers this level of customizable services. The main reason for this is that we don't do subcontracting our pew restoration services. We do it all ourselves! So we can personalize your quote over the phone without having to seek-out approval from any servicing companies.
Negotiating your foam, can save you up to $4/foot. If you have 200 feet worth of pews, that's already $800!