However, you donít see this kind of furnishings in any ordinary store or yard sale, or advertized in your local newspaper. So where do you go to find used church furnishings? One tip is to see if you can find a church which is about to close. The drawback, though, is that the furnishings they are selling off may not be the type that you are looking for. There are different styles of church furnishings, some more traditional, some more modern. You might already have your style and your types of furnishings planned, then when you find a church thatís closing & ask them if they have furnishings to sell, the ones they have might not fit your purposes or style. Many of their furnishings might also look rather worn, which will mean some of your budget will have to go on refurbishment. This may well still work out cheaper than buying all new furnishings, however.
The internet is always a good place to look if you want to buy something. Type your requirements into the search engine, and there is always something there worth checking out. There are even some websites which offer you a complete package deal on church furnishings, including not only pews but also pulpits, book racks and even flower racks or confessionals. The main thing you will want to consider is the matter of seating for the congregation. Considering your design, do you need long pews, or shorter ones, or would chairs be more appropriate?
As well as your overall theme and design, consider the matter of comfort. People are not going to be very comfortable, for example, if there is no backrest for them to lean against.
You might already have some of the furnishings that you need, but the style or the colors donít fit with the design that you have in mind. There are things you can do about this, however, because you can in fact have customized church furnishings made. Businesses which specialize in this area allow for selection of fabric, and dimensions of each piece of furnishings. This kind of customized design does not necessarily cost as much as you might think, and there are often discounts on offer. The shipping is often not too costly, either, and the cost may well still be less than if you had ordered all new furnishings. The major considerations in your choice will always be the dimensions, the design, and comfort. You have to match the overall theme just as you have to make sure that the people in the congregation are comfortable, and the furnishings must fit the church itself as well as the people using it. The focus for people in a church is on worship, and people canít focus too well if they are not comfortable.
You need not worry that a piece of furnishings which is used must also be unpleasant to look at. Old furnishings can be beautified in a number of ways. Many of these measures you can carry out yourself. You just need a little bit of understanding when it comes to carpentry, and perhaps some creative flair. There are also companies which can carry out refurbishment on your behalf, but you might find that you will be able to get a group of people from the church community who will be able to carry out the task. This will reduce costs, and at the same time will provide an excellent community project.
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