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Church Pews

Church Pews

What makes a Rugel Church Pew the best pew you can buy?

  • Solid wood construction. Dried to 7% moisture to prevent warping and splitting
  • Edge glued lumber for pew ends
  • Computer controlled mahines for exact fit
  • 7 step hand rubbed finish
  • Factory installation crews
  • Please email us for a no obligation church pew quote
    • Be sure to include:
      • End Style Desired
      • Seat Style (upholstered seat, seat and back, seat back and rear or all wood, etc.)
      • Total # of pews and pew length (i.e. 25ea 8ft pews or 20 8ft and 10 12ft, etc)
      • Church name, address, city, state, zip, contact person
Traditional pew ends are available in 2" thickness 2 ply; or, 2 1/4" thickness 3 ply. Each pew end is beautifully crafted to combine elegance and form into a fine work of art.
Traditional pew ends are available in 2" thickness 2 ply; or, 2 1/4" thickness 3 ply. Each pew end is beautifully crafted to combine elegance and form into a fine work of art.
Traditional pew ends are available in 2" thickness 2 ply; or, 2 1/4" thickness 3 ply. Each pew end is beautifully crafted to combine elegance and form into a fine work of art.
Traditional pew ends are available in 2" thickness 2 ply; or, 2 1/4" thickness 3 ply. Each pew end is beautifully crafted to combine elegance and form into a fine work of art.
Traditional pew ends are available in 2" thickness 2 ply; or, 2 1/4" thickness 3 ply. Each pew end is beautifully crafted to combine elegance and form into a fine work of art.
Traditional pew ends are available in 2" thickness 2 ply; or, 2 1/4" thickness 3 ply. Each pew end is beautifully crafted to combine elegance and form into a fine work of art.
Traditional pew ends are available in 2" thickness 2 ply; or, 2 1/4" thickness 3 ply. Each pew end is beautifully crafted to combine elegance and form into a fine work of art.
Traditional pew ends are available in 2" thickness 2 ply; or, 2 1/4" thickness 3 ply. Each pew end is beautifully crafted to combine elegance and form into a fine work of art.
Traditional pew ends are available in 2" thickness 2 ply; or, 2 1/4" thickness 3 ply. Each pew end is beautifully crafted to combine elegance and form into a fine work of art.
Traditional pew ends are available in 2" thickness 2 ply; or, 2 1/4" thickness 3 ply. Each pew end is beautifully crafted to combine elegance and form into a fine work of art.
Colonial pew end are only available in 2 1/4" thickness 3 ply. Each Colonial painted pew end receives a 5-step finishing process to provide years of beauty and durability.
Colonial pew end are only available in 2 1/4" thickness 3 ply. Each Colonial painted pew end receives a 5-step finishing process to provide years of beauty and durability.
Colonial pew end are only available in 2 1/4" thickness 3 ply. Each Colonial painted pew end receives a 5-step finishing process to provide years of beauty and durability.
Colonial pew end are only available in 2 1/4" thickness 3 ply. Each Colonial painted pew end receives a 5-step finishing process to provide years of beauty and durability.
Colonial pew end are only available in 2 1/4" thickness 3 ply. Each Colonial painted pew end receives a 5-step finishing process to provide years of beauty and durability.
Colonial pew end are only available in 2 1/4" thickness 3 ply. Each Colonial painted pew end receives a 5-step finishing process to provide years of beauty and durability.
Colonial pew end are only available in 2 1/4" thickness 3 ply. Each Colonial painted pew end receives a 5-step finishing process to provide years of beauty and durability.
Colonial pew end are only available in 2 1/4" thickness 3 ply. Each Colonial painted pew end receives a 5-step finishing process to provide years of beauty and durability.
Colonial pew end are only available in 2 1/4" thickness 3 ply. Each Colonial painted pew end receives a 5-step finishing process to provide years of beauty and durability.
Modern Rugel pew ends offer the same high quality as all the pew ends we craft. Special designs are available upon request to meet your specific needs and tastes.
  • Modern style pew end
  • All oak construction.
  • Temperature dried lumber is used to help prevent warping and cracking
  • Expertly finished in a variety of stains
  • Pair with any of the Rugel pew bodies
  • Price is per PAIR
  • NOTE these are priced to be ordered as part of a full pew. If you wish to order the pew ends only, please email us for pricing.
Modern Rugel pew ends offer the same high quality as all the pew ends we craft. Special designs are available upon request to meet your specific needs and tastes.
Modern Rugel pew ends offer the same high quality as all the pew ends we craft. Special designs are available upon request to meet your specific needs and tastes.
Modern Rugel pew ends offer the same high quality as all the pew ends we craft. Special designs are available upon request to meet your specific needs and tastes.
Modern Rugel pew ends offer the same high quality as all the pew ends we craft. Special designs are available upon request to meet your specific needs and tastes.
Modern Rugel pew ends offer the same high quality as all the pew ends we craft. Special designs are available upon request to meet your specific needs and tastes.
Modern Rugel pew ends offer the same high quality as all the pew ends we craft. Special designs are available upon request to meet your specific needs and tastes.
Modern Rugel pew ends offer the same high quality as all the pew ends we craft. Special designs are available upon request to meet your specific needs and tastes.
Flat Wood Rear, Upholstered Front & Seat
Upholstered Front, Rear & Seat
Contoured Wood Front & Rear with Contoured Wood Seat
Flat Wood Front & Rear with Contoured Wood Seat
Flat Wood Front & Back with Upholstered Seat
  • Pew body only (Pew Ends for illustration only) to be ordered only as part of a full pew order.
  • Flat Wood Back (Frontside & Backside are wood. No Upholstery.)
  • Flat Wood Seat
  • Solid oak lumber in seat and back
  • Solid wood flat back is 3/4" thick and 20-1/4" tall
  • Flat, solid wood bottom with lip on front, 1-1/16" thick and15-1/2" wide.
  • Sold by the Lineal Foot
  • TO ORDER:
    • Enter Total Lineal Feet (# of pews x length) of order in box below then add to your cart.
    • Also add # of pairs of desired pew ends (one pair for each pew ordering)
    • Add any accesories (card holders, cup holders, book racks, kneelers)
    • Stain choice is made with pew ends.
    • Enter the breakdown of pews i.e. "7ea at 7ft length"
  • SHIPPING NOT INCLUDED ON PEWS. Please email us for a shipping quote prior to ordering.
  • Allow 90-120 days for delivery. You will be notified before delivery.
$125.00
  • Combines Seating Comfort With Flexibility For Multi-Purpose Sactuaries
  • 3-1/2" Seat Cushion
  • 40" wide x 21" Deep X 34" High
  • Fully Assembled
  • Red oak movable church pew is made in the US and and features the highest quality oak wood, foam cushioning and commercial upholstery.
  • Features an Upholstered Seat and Upholstered Back
  • Optional Book Rack, Kneeler Sold Separate
  • Hook multiple units together using the optional Ganging Device
  • Made in the USA of Red Oak
  • Choose from 16 Stain Colors or contact us for custom matches
  • Clear, water resistant lacquered top-coat
  • Custom Lengths Available (60" unit pictured)
  • Free Church Shipping is included with your order!!
  • Allow 6-12 weeks for delivery
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  • Combines Seating Comfort With Flexibility For Multi-Purpose Sactuaries
  • 3-1/2" Seat Cushion
  • 60" wide x 21" Deep X 34" High
  • Fully Assembled
  • Red oak movable church pew is made in the US and and features the highest quality oak wood, foam cushioning and commercial upholstery.
  • Features an Upholstered Seat and Upholstered Back
  • Optional Book Rack, Kneeler Sold Separate
  • Hook multiple units together using the optional Ganging Device
  • Made in the USA of Red Oak
  • Choose from 16 Stain Colors or contact us for custom matches
  • Clear, water resistant lacquered top-coat
  • Custom Lengths Available (60" unit pictured)
  • Free Church Shipping is included with your order!!
  • Allow 6-12 weeks for delivery
Click for QTY Price
  • Red oak movable church pew is made in the US and and features the highest quality oak wood, foam cushioning and commercial upholstery.
  • Features an Upholstered Seat and Upholstered Back
  • 40"W X 24"D
  • 33" High
  • Optional Book Rack, Kneeler Sold Separate
  • Hook multiple units together using the optional Ganging Device
  • Made in the USA of Red Oak
  • Choose from 16 Stain Colors or contact us for custom matches
  • Clear, water resistant lacquered top-coat
  • Custom Lengths Available
  • Free Church Shipping is included with your order!!
  • Allow 6-12 weeks for delivery
Click for QTY Price
  • Red oak movable church pew is made in the US and and features the highest quality oak wood, foam cushioning and commercial upholstery.
  • Features an Upholstered Seat and Upholstered Back
  • 60"W X 24"D
  • 33" High
  • Optional Book Rack, Kneeler Sold Separate
  • Hook multiple units together using the optional Ganging Device
  • Made in the USA of Red Oak
  • Choose from 16 Stain Colors or contact us for custom matches
  • Clear, water resistant lacquered top-coat
  • Custom Lengths Available
  • Free Church Shipping is included with your order!!
  • Allow 6-12 weeks for delivery
Click for QTY Price
Is your church in need of pew ends to replace damaged pews? We can make new ends for your pews to match your existing ends.
  • The process:
    • Prior to ordering, please email us several low-resolution (under 1mb please) pictures of your current end. Try to show the outside, inside and underneath the seat so we can see how the seat attaches to the end.
    • Let us know the aproximate quantity and the church name and address.
    • We will email you back a quote, based on your photos. If you decide to order, you will do so online.
    • Once your order is placed, we will email instructions on shipping off your end to the factory to be used as a template.
    • Your pew end will be returned with your order.
  • We will match your pew end size, shape and style to the best of our ability.
  • Some highly detailed carvings, edge profiles or routings may not be able to be duplicated.
  • Stain will be matched as closely as possible, but keep in mind new stain on new ends is going to appear differently than old stain on aged wood.
  • Unless otherwise specified, stained ends are done in solid oak or maple butcher block construction. Painted ends are done in a manmade, composite wood (not particleboard) material for a smoother painted finish.Stained caps and trim are done in oak.
  • Installation not included
  • Installation hardware (screws, bolts, anchors, etc.) not included unless quoted.
  • Allow 10-12 weeks for delivery. Custom items are non-cancellable and non-returnable.
  • Free Shipping
  • NOTE: On the checkout page, please enter the breakdown of RIGHT and LEFT ends (as determined by sitting in the pew)
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Pew Delivery requires a delivery quote prior to ordering. Please email us with your church name and address for a quote.

If you wish to pick up at the factory, enter a "1" in the box next to Pickup at Factory

If you have a Prior Delivery Quote from us (no more than 30 days old), enter the Quoted Amount in the box, relacing the zero in the box.

Example: You have an emailed quote from us for $1600 shipping, enter "1600" in the box, overwriting the zero that is in the box.
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What makes Rugel church pews the best in the industrry?

For starters, practice. Rugel Church Furnishings has been building church pews since 1929. During that time they have learned a thing or two about building the best quality pews in the industry.

Rugel church pews are made of solid oak - not veneered particleboard, plywood or other laminated substitutes. The ends, supports, trim and accesories are all made of solid red oak lumber that is kiln dried to 7% moisture.

Why is a solid oak pew a better product than a veneered pew? The answer lies in the way veneers are applied and in the subsurface used. A veneer is a thin layer of real wood, typically glued to particleboard, plywood or some type of composite board. The veneer is glued to the broad surface of the end (and intermediate supports), as well as around the edges.

Here is where the problems can start.

  • The banding around the edge is often at a different grain angle than the main surface of the pew end giving it a cheap appearance.
  • Secondly, the banding often starts to pull away from the subsurface, or it can be chipped or scratched easily, revealing the subsurface-not a good look.
  • Third, particleboard pews don't hold screws as well as solid wood. If you have ever been in a church where the pews squeak badly when people stand or sit, you can almost be guaranteed they are sitting on particleboard pews.

Beacuse of all these issues and others, we make our pews from solid oak.

Depending on the style, Rugel pew ends are two or three ply thick edge glued lumber. Rugel pew supports are two ply 1-1/2" thickness. This REAL oak is then planed and sanded and finally cut out on a computer controlled machine to give each piece the exact same profile. This computer control of the cutting process means that Rugel church pews fit as tightly as possible. And the tighter the parts fit, the stronger the pew is.

Intermediate supports are placed at least every six feet for the full length of the pew. Others save money by spacing supports farther apart, but this can lead to saggy pews with shorter lifesapns. By not having any span longer than 6ft, we insure our pews have the greatest strength, longevity and durability.

Seat Construction

Let's move on to the seat construction. For years, (back in the day as my kids like to say), pew seats were made of solid oak, maple or other lumber. When particleboard became popular, many pew companies started making their seats from this material because of the lower cost. Since you don't see the particleboard underneath the foam and fabric, why not, right? Well, it turns out that while particleboard does make for a less expensive pew seat, it doesn't really hold up very long. Screws wobble around in the wood/glue mixture and eventually start falling out or loosening. Over time, the pew starts to squeak and sag.

So what's the best way to make a pew seat? Well, for an upholstered seat, here is where a good quality plywood strikes the best balance between cost and performance.

If you choose an upholstered seat, we use 3/4" thick 7 ply West Coast quality plywood under the foam and fabric. We run a 1" x 2" SOLID OAK frame around the underneath side of this plywood to add strength and provide a solid wood surface for the screws to tap into. This framed construction also means that if you decide to change the appearance of your pews by recovering them, the job is made easier as you only have to remove the seat. Unlike other pews, you do not have to dissasemble the entire pew to remove the seat for reupholstery. Plywood under the seat really is the best combination of strength, durability and price, but we also offer solid wood seats under our padded seats, for those who don't mind spending a little extra.

Of course, if you choose an unhupholstered pew, then the seats will be made from real solid oak, again, no veneers!

Finish

What about the finish? It's awfully dissapointing to inspect your freshly installed pews only to find drips, runs, uneven stain application and other finish problems often common in cheaper pews.

 Our church pew finishing process sees each pew hand-rubbed with multiple coats of stain. Wood grain is filled, sanded and lacquered by hand to give you the smoothest, most beautiful church pew finish in the industry. Rugel church pews and church furniture are literally as smooth as glass and will hold up to decades of wear.

Delivery & Installation

Most pew manufacturers use the services of independent installers. These installers can be great, experienced and knowledgeable, but they can also be inexperienced and sloppy. Rugel pews are delivered on the factory truck and installed by Rugel employees. These guys know how to install pews. You would be surprised at how a quality, experienced installer is very often the difference between an acceptable pew job, and a perfect pew job. Our installers are also insured and take great care to treat your church with the respect due a House of Worship.