This page will provide general guidelines
for installation of pews in your church. For
information on delivery, moving pews, or hiring an
installer, go here.
Of course we can not illustrate all
situations, but the majority of sanctuaries are
rectangular in shape. With the stage /altar /
chancel area in the front, and doors i the back. You
will want to check with your local building inspector if
you have a building permit for work being done, to see
what the local code requires. It is very important
to allow sufficient access and egress into the room so you
can get people in, or in the unlikely event of an
emergency, get them out quickly.
Generally you will need a rear aisle or
walkway of 30" or more, side aisles on the far left and
right sides of 36" or more (30" in some small rooms), and
a front area (between the front pew and stage) of 6' or
Pews are spaced out at 36" back to back
spacing to allow 24" for the pew and 12" for walking.
You can go as close as 32", but you will not be able to
cross your legs or let someone get by.
It is advisable to bolt the pews down to
the floor. This will eliminate shifting in the pews, and
also prevent the pew from turning over if too many people
stand or sit at the same time. There are basically
two types of brackets used, either angle brackets or
concealed anchors. Angle brackets are easy to use
and we have them available on our website.
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Concealed anchors (also
called lead expansion bolts) are a bit harder to
come by, more expensive, and more difficult to use
properly. If you are using concealed anchors, you
will need to have pews that have a hole in the side of the
support (leg) that also has a hole in the bottom.
Supports with a single anchor hole tend to work loose over
time - as people stand they pull on the back of the pew in
front which causes a rocking motion on the pew, loosing a
single anchor. It is better to use two anchors on
each support instead of one. To install pews
using concealed anchors you will need to first put the pew
in the correct location, checking the adjoining pews for
alignment, then place a drop of Elmer's or similar glue
inside the hole so it drips down to the floor or
carpet. Then lean the pew forward, drill your holes
for the anchor bolts (concrete floors will need a hammer
drill), clean the surface area of the floor, put the
anchor in the floor, tighten to expand the base of the
anchor, lean the pew back in place, then add your
washer, nut, and tighten them down. As stated,
angle brackets are easier to use.
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