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Components of Operable Partitions

By Terry Fontaine Operable partitions, also commonly known as airwalls, are versatile, movable wall systems that are produced by several manufacturers. While they’re known as walls and partitions, they’re actually entire systems that have a variety of components and parts. Across the variety of manufacturers and styles, there can be a massive amount of difference
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Maximizing the Use of Public Space

By Steve Cohen The key to creating a facility that adds value beyond Sunday lies in the design of public space—the areas where people meet, eat, learn and relax. In the modern congregation, there are many types of public space, including lobbies, social halls, recreation rooms, youth lounges, coffee shops and corner nooks. While each
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5 Questions to Ask About Your Multipurpose Room

By Julie Wenckowski Like you, I’ve participated in plenty of church planning meetings where we’ve asked ourselves: Where can we get more space for the youth group? How can we better serve our community? What is the best location to store the worship equipment when not in use? Questions like these prompted our leaders to
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Choosing Church Seating

We recently spoke with Steve at K-Bilt Worship Furniture to find out what questions a church should ask when choosing auditorium or sanctuary seating. All churches desire to be good stewards of their budget; with so many different types of seating available, how do they make the best decision? Here’s what Steve said. Pews, Chairs
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How to Choose the Best Chair Type for Your Church

Though many people have a good sense of what is comfortable and what they enjoy sitting in, most people are not so well-informed about what they should look for when shopping for church chairs. There are many different seating options out there, and you want to make sure that the people in your community will
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A Guide to Modernizing Your Dated Sanctuary

Those once gleaming benches and bright colored walls of your sanctuary now look pretty dingy. You know that the whole vibe of the space is several years out of date, too. It might be hard to justify the update when it comes to looking at your budget, especially if it seems to be working just
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Tables and Chairs for Fellowship and Flexibility

By Ren Texeira In the mission to bring more people into fellowship, many churches are seeing design with new eyes. A move toward more flexible spaces and third place areas has many churches thinking about whether pews, theater seating and larger fixed-leg tables meet those needs. While pews are still favored by some more traditional
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Versatile Lecterns for Every Speaking Need Enhance Meaningful Services and Events

By Don Roth For all the activities that take place in your church – worship, education, or social – presentation tools can make the difference between satisfying and frustrating experiences. It is vital to have equipment that ensures all participants can hear and share comfortably, and it is equally important to maintain the tone and
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Moveable Walls: Our Best Tips!

1. Use Space Efficiently Before you build for the wrong reasons, decide if your church is short of space. Can your needs be met by changing or rearranging? Shifting classes to rooms sized for the actual attendance should give a growing church more room for growth and time to plan for expansion. Explore other options
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Renovating Your Sanctuary Seating

By Amanda Opdycke Many churches today are opting to renovate rather than proceed with a complete design-build for a new church. Renovating your church is an effective way to update and enhance your parishioner’s experience during the service while maintaining a modest budget. Renovations range from short-term projects, such as updated painting, flooring and seating,
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Church Access for All

One challenge for church, synagogue, and religious facility managers tasked to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has been offering full access to elevated areas in centers of faith. These areas can range from stages and raised platforms for the worship leaders to balconies or stadium style auditorium seating for the congregation, to second
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Selecting Your Seating Style

By Amanda Opdycke & Jacob Hauter When renovating or installing new furniture, there are important options to consider. Various seating options can fit well in the church. Depending on the floor layout of the building, some seating styles can be the perfect fit for the congregation. Pews The classic look and comfortable feel of pews
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Beyond the Stage: A Holistic Approach to Church Design

By Ryan Nelson As the former art director at Mars Hill Church, Eleazar Ruiz is sensitive to how physical elements of a room or a service affect our posture towards God, our attitude towards worship, and our experience of a sermon. “I visited an Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle, and the design and silence of the
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A Guide to Choosing the Right Church Chair

By Nina Campbell Finding the right church seating is a really important decision to make. It’s a big financial commitment for most churches, and it’s likely that the chairs will be around for a long time. Here are some key attributes to consider when looking at church chairs. What do you really require? Whether it’s
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The Case for Stacking Banquet Seating

By Chris Hodgson This month marks five years since Religious Product News published an article, written by MityLite, about the considerations that should be made when looking for Multi-Purpose Seating. We’d like to revisit the suggestions and tips described in that article, specifically about banquet and stacking chairs, and look at what has, or hasn’t,
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