Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Angling the Pews


From the website of New Mexico based Mazria, Inc.

"The seating arrangement in the Sanctuary is oriented at a 45 degree angle to the Bima, which reinforces the feeling of community during services."

In a older, traditional sanctuary with existing pews, simply changing their angle can make the space seem more friendly, less formal.

At my own church, which has a mixture of pews and chairs, space didn't permit a full 45 degrees, but several years ago we made a simple shift of about 30 degrees, which made quite a difference and was favorably received by the congregation. It also has the effect of better focusing the sight lines onto the center of the stage or the pulpit.

1 comment:

Terry Jensen said...

I am also looking at making (initial) changes in the nave of the church using existing pews. Using visio it is clear that a 30 degree design utilizes the space better than a 45 degree design.

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