Seating can be a major expense for a church, but it’s a necessary one. If you’re fundraising to replace the pews or seats in your church, it’s important to have a budget and goal in mind. To do that, you have to know the cost of church chairs.
How much can you expect to spend on your new seating?
What is the Average Cost of Church Chairs?
The cost of your chairs will depend on a variety of factors, but, on average, you can expect to spend $30-$50 per chair.
Of course, your costs may be higher or lower, depending on a number of factors.
What Factors Affect the Cost of Church Chairs?
There are several things that can affect the cost of church chairs, such as:
How Many Chairs You Need
Some manufacturers offer a bulk discount, which may reduce the cost of your seating. Not all manufacturers offer discounts, but it’s worth inquiring with a sales representative to find out whether they offer any deals or promotions.
The number of chairs you purchase will also affect shipping and delivery costs, which is another consideration. The more chairs you order, the larger the shipment and the higher the cost in most cases.
Some types of chairs are more expensive than others. If the chairs require unique or rare materials that aren’t easy to find, the cost could be significantly higher.
Even with common materials, there can be significant cost differences. For example, chairs made with 16-gauge steel will be more costly than those made with 18-gauge steel because the material is thicker and stronger.
Higher quality materials generally come at a higher price, but they’re worth the cost in most cases. Well-made chairs will last longer than budget chairs made with lower quality materials.
Church chairs come in standard widths of 18.5,” 20.5” and 21.” In general, wider chairs will cost more because more material is needed to manufacture the chair.
Custom sizes may also be available, but these will come at a higher cost. Unless there is a special need, most churches find that the standard sizes are the best options.
Features and Design
Some chairs have specialized designs or features that may add to the overall cost of the seating.
More expensive chairs tend to have a better overall design because the manufacturer considered important things, like comfort and ergonomics.
Extra features like contoured, ergonomic backrests and armrests will also add to the overall cost of the chairs.
Estimating Your Costs
Once you start inquiring with sales reps and doing some research online, you should have a good idea of how much you will spend per chair.
But for the sake of simplicity, let’s use the average costs listed above to give you a ballpark estimate of how much church chairs may cost based on the size of your congregation.
· 100 members: $3,000-$5,000
· 200 members: $6,000-$10,000
· 350 members: $10,500-$17,500
Once you have a general idea of how much each chair costs, simply multiply that estimate by the number of members in your congregation. Expect to be spend more than your estimate so that you’re prepared for unexpected costs.
Keep in mind that these estimates do not include shipping and delivery costs. These will come at an additional fee.
How to Find the Lowest Cost Church Chairs
Although chairs are a cost-effective option for church seating, they are still an investment. To keep costs manageable, you want to find the best quality chairs at the best possible price. Of course, that’s easier said than done.
Here are some tips to help you get the best price for your church chairs:
Buy Direct from the Manufacturer
One of the best ways to secure a lower price on chairs is to buy directly from the manufacturer. When you buy from a retailer, they will markup the price to make a profit and stay in business.
When you buy directly from the manufacturer, you cut out the middleman and usually get the best possible price.
Inquire About Promotions or Bulk Discounts
When talking to a sales rep at the manufacturer, ask about bulk discounts or promotions that may help you save on your seating costs.
Make sure that you understand the terms and conditions of the promotion or discount.
How much do you expect to spend on your church chairs?