Of all the things you may have pondered, “What to do with old church pews?” may not have been a very important thought or a thought at all. That it unless you are a pastor looking to remodel a church in which case you probably googled “What to do with old church pews” to get rid of them. But people who already have church pews don’t question “what to do with all church pews”, because they already know and you can too.
What to Do With Your Old Church Pews
1. Entryway Seating
There is no better way to start and finish your day than with a pew at the front door. Here you can have a place to store your shoes and take them on and off without worry of trekking mud through the house.
2. Rustic Bench
With a bit of touch up and a few added details, you will quickly have a beautiful rustic bench for indoor or outdoor seating.
3. Dining Seating
Why not add some variety and use a pew in the dining room, perfect seating for a gaggle of kids at meal time.
4. Add Storage
A pew can double as a seat and storage when you use the open space underneath for storage. You could place decorative container beneath or do some DIY and build some custom boxes or drawers.
5. Fireplace Seating
Accent your fireplace with gorgeous wood pews and watch them glow by the firelight.
6. Fireside Seating
Take that feeling to the outdoors and use the pew for campfire seating. Short pews are perfect for sitting up around the fire with friends and enjoying the night.
7. Add slip covers
Give the pew some character by covering the back with some fabric. You could give the piece some color or maybe a pattern to make it worthwhile piece.
8. Garden Seating
It is hot work in the garden and sometimes you need a place to sit and relax among your plants. A pew will make an excellent addition to the yard.
9. Pad It
Make some custom padding for the seat for extra comfort. Stretch out with a good book and some additional seat pillows and you will never want to leave.
10. Backboard and Nightstand
With a little bit of saw work you could turn this bench into a combined backboard and night stand for your nighttime use.
11. Extra Seating
You could easily double your dining room seating with a pew in addition to your typical dining chairs.
12. Seating for a Wedding
To make an outdoor wedding beautiful why not use some refurnished pews for seating and give it a classic wedding chapel feel.
13. Window Seat
Give yourself some easy window seating with a short pew situated in front.
14. Bed Seat
Use a short pew at the foot of the bed to give yourself someplace to sit as you get ready for the day.
15. Corner Bench
With a little sawing and some glue, you can turn a long pew into a corner bench for indoor or outdoor use.
16. Mudroom Seating
Give yourself a place to sit and tidy up before heading into the rest of the house with a mudroom pew.
17. Bench Swing
If you remove the feet from the pew and attach a few lengths of chain to the arm and backing you could turn this pew into a swing for the porch or backyard.
18. Add a Backboard
You could switch out the current backing with that of a tall backboard to give your pew some character.
Rough up the paint to give the pew a vintage, washed wood look.
Or go the opposite direction and give it a few coats of paint for a more modern vibe
21. Loft Seating
Long pews are perfect for the long dimensions of loft living
22. Outdoor Bench
A pew is a great addition to any backyard, it is sturdy frame will hold through some of the roughest weather.
23. Breakfast Booth
If you remove the arms from a few short pews you can turn them into a booth for meal time for two.
24. Corridor Seating
A few pews along the side of a wide hallway can accent its size and beautifully frame doorways.
25. Theater seating
Whether you use it as outdoor amphitheater seating or indoor theater seating, pews are perfect for viewing with friends.
26. Coffee Table
You could remove the backing from the pew to turn it into a coffee table or foot rest for living room use.
With some disassemble and rearranging you could turn two pews into table using its backing as the surface and by situating the frame on the pews as the table legs.
28. Japanese Table
By removing the back of two short pews and combining them you could create a Japanese table for dining on the floor.
Remove the pews sealant and etch in names, history, and designs to make the pew uniquely your own.
Turn the pews seat into a chest by adding storage underneath and turning the seat into a hinged lid.
Let us know what ideas you’ve come up with below!