Old Church Pew Cushions: Keep Them or Dump Them?!
"Pew cushions", "pew padding,"pew upholstery" - call it what you will, answers don't come in black and white. So if you ask us, "Can I keep my old church cushions? What can I do to save money on my worship seating renovations?" Get comfortable because we'll have some questions for you!
If you just NOW started doing your research, I want to offer you some tips so that you can ask the RIGHT QUESTIONS when you make that first call.
Your options are pretty cut and dry:
Trade in your old pews for new pews
Dump the old pews and BUY new ones
Dump the old pews and BUY refurbished/used pews
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! If you're looking for a quote or have additional questions about this topic, call us using the number at the top of this page OR request a phone call by clicking on the following link: Pew Upholstery and Services QUOTES