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Should You Rent Or Buy Church Chairs?

Should You Rent Or Buy Church Chairs?

As your congregation grows, you’ll need more seating to ensure everyone has a place at your service. One of the most important decisions you’ll have to make is whether you will rent or buy your chairs outright. Both have benefits that should be considered carefully. 

Pros Of Renting Church Chairs

When you rent your church chairs, you never really own them. Instead, you make regular payments for the privilege of using the chairs. While that may not sound like a positive thing, there are many advantages to renting chairs for your church, such as:


It’s relatively easy to find church chairs to rent, and if you only need additional seating on sparse occasions, it’s hard to beat the convenience of renting seats.

Low Upfront Costs

Renting does not require a large investment. Depending on the terms of the agreement, you may need to put down a deposit. Aside from that, you only need to worry about making the monthly payment (or whatever payment terms are in the agreement).

Easy to Scale

Another big advantage of renting chairs is that it’s easy to add more as your congregation and your need for seating grows. Scaling your seating won’t require a large investment either. And if you decide that you want to renovate or improve your sanctuary, you may have the ability to upgrade or change your seating by simply trading in your current seats for new ones.

Pros Of Buying Church Chairs

When you buy church chairs, you own them outright. They are yours to do with as you see fit. Ownership comes with the responsibility of doing your own maintenance and repairs, but it also comes with many perks, including:

Quality Meets Your Standards

When you buy your chairs, you can rest assured that they meet your quality standards. However, when renting, there’s always the risk that you may receive chairs that are poor quality or simply aren’t a good fit for your congregation.

Owning your chairs means that you have complete control over the type and quality of the seating you purchase. For example, if you purchase funeral chairs rather than leasing them, you can ensure that you’re providing quality and comfortable seating for those who are grieving.

Freedom and Flexibility

When you purchase your chairs, you have the freedom and flexibility to hold events whenever you want without needing prior approval. 

When you rent chairs, you may need to get approval for certain uses, and if denied, you may have to cancel the event. 

Ownership means that you can use your chairs however you see fit. You can plan and host events whenever you please without worrying about your seating arrangements.

More Options for Upgrades

When you buy your chairs, you have more options for upgrades. You can choose the style you want and decide whether you want a higher quality fabric or frame option. Because your chairs are assets, you may have the option of trading them in or selling them to upgrade to new seating when necessary.

When you rent chairs, your options may be more limited and may not meet your needs or desires. You may only have a small selection of chairs to choose from, and they may not match the spirit of your members.

Many Options for Buying

It’s easier than ever to find and purchase chairs for your church. Today, you can even buy church chairs online and receive samples to test out your seating options before committing to buying. Knowing where to buy church chairs either online or in person is the key. In addition, finding the right manufacturer with a solid reputation for quality is crucial.

Manufacturers offer many options when it comes to materials, colors, and styles. You can find both standalone chairs and pew-style chairs that link together. Companies that rent chairs may not have as many options available to renters.


Renting and buying church chairs both have advantages. However, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of each option and consider the individual needs of your congregation when making your decision. You may find that your church is better off purchasing your seating so that you have more freedom and options when planning events or growing your member base.

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Dana Cull

Dana is a digital content creator with a self-confessed obsession with writing. She is also an avid reader and loves to spend her leisure hours watching documentary films from different directors across the world.