Furniture Ideas for How to Use Church Pews


Church pews, especially antique ones, are solid wood, well-built, durable pieces of furniture that will last a lifetime. They are often sold at antique malls, salvage yards or even by churches themselves. Church pews can be obtained inexpensively and repurposed for use inside any home.


  • A church pew doesn't have to be used for seating. It can also make a unique headboard with matching end tables. Add casters to the bottom of the pew to raise it several inches off the ground. Cut out a spot in the center of the seat the width of your mattress and box springs, leaving the backrest intact. Slide the mattress into the opening. The pew becomes a solid wood headboard with storage tables on either end.

Entryway Bench

  • A church pew makes a sturdy entryway or mudroom bench. Paint it or leave it as is, push it against one wall, and a church pew becomes the hardest-working piece of furniture in the house. It makes a comfortable spot to sit, tie shoes or slip them on and off, and provides a place to store them under the seat. Drop keys, purses and backpacks on the pew when entering the home.

Dining Bench

  • A short church pew secured to the floor with anchors provides breakfast-nook seating. If a cushion is desired, use a slipcovered one in a washable fabric, especially if children will be dining on it. Use a longer church pew in the dining room as additional seating for the dining room table. Though most church pews have a traditional or Gothic look, pews with slats instead of solid backs have a more modern look for contemporary decor.

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