Church pews aren’t just for Sundays anymore! Recently, we’ve been inspired by bloggers like Liz Marie Galvan, Fletcher Creek Cottage, and Whitetail Farmhouse who have used old church pews as a furniture piece in their home. Their feeds are what rustic, farmhouse dreams are made of!
Popular in the midwest and southern states of the U.S., decorating with used church pews is a fun way to put an old piece of furniture to use in a new and unexpected way! Some people may have them on-hand—an old family heirloom that’s been collecting dust in your garage or basement. And while they look charming sitting on a front porch, you can actually use them inside of your home as well!
If you love the idea of using a church pew in your home but don’t have one, they’re easier to find than you may think. Just keep an eye out at antique stores, estate sales, or even thrift stores. Then, you can either refinish or paint them for a perfectly rustic look!
Incorporating used church pews into your home is easier than you might think. We’ve rounded up a few ideas of how to do it. So, get inspired by these six church pew decor ideas!
We love this “shabby chic” approach to an antique church pew, used as seating at a round dining table. Juxtaposed with spindle-back chairs, the mix of a pew and chairs break up the monotony and gives this farmhouse style breakfast nook a unique look!
The whitewashed wood church pew compliments the natural wood furniture and flooring, the shiplap walls, and the overall neutral rustic color scheme. To add a splash of color and texture, layer on some accent pillows, which can also double as back cushions to increase comfort. You could also add a bench cushion for more comfortable, softer seating!
This is a great option if you have small children. The pew acts as bench seating, but since it’s slightly closed in on the back and sides, it will help keep them contained while sitting and eating! And it’s also super easy to wipe down!
Looking for some church pew entryway ideas? We love the idea of using wooden pews as alternatives to a chair or console in your home’s entryway. It not only offers a seat for taking off shoes and a surface to set your bag, but you can also add storage baskets underneath for shoes, pet supplies, and kids items. Tucking the baskets underneath will allow items to be close-at-hand while keeping them out of the walkway!
Church pews with a natural wood finish can feel updated and more modern with boho touches, like fringed pillows and coastal decor. But the pew itself adds a homey touch to the space.
A Touch Of Glam
You may not think “glam” when you think of an old church pew, but hear us out. When combined with a bold, jewel-toned wall color, brass accents, and a fluffy sheepskin rug, the dramatic shape of this church pew actually does start feeling kind of glam, don’t you think?
Church pews are narrow like benches, so they’re great for a hallway or walkway where a bench would typically go. With that in mind, this would be a great added seating area for a hallway or open space in your home. It gives you a reading nook or an extra place to sit and chat with guests. The side table adds some practicality, so you can keep a drink and snacks nearby, and the fluffy rug and eclectic pillows bring comfort to this seating area.
If you have a big farmhouse table, we love the idea of using a whitewashed church pew as bench seating on one of the long sides of the table. You can offset it with slipcovered captain’s chairs at the ends of the table and traditional chairs opposite the pew. The softness of the upholstered chairs also visually balance out the hardwood bench.
In this set-up, we kept the church pew bare and simple—with just a throw for a pop of texture and pattern. Like we mentioned earlier in this post, this is a great table seating option for homes with kids, as church pews are easy to wipe down and the arms and high back help keep your kids contained while they eat!
And, while bench seating can help you squeeze in a couple extra people around the table, make sure the arms and sides of the pew fit under the table so that it can easily be slid in and out if someone needs to get up and to make things more comfortable for eating.
If you’re wondering what to do with the empty space under or adjacent to your stairway, consider an old church pew! This makes use of the wall space under your steps—and if your stairway happens to be by your home’s main entrance, it also offers a practical place to sit for taking off your shoes and unloading when you walk into the door!
Once it’s in place, you can style the area around it. Consider hanging some art, a clock, and even a mail holder for a practical touch! And speaking of practical—consider adding a basket or two underneath or to the side for books, shoes, and other everyday items. Then, finish off the set-up with some stylish throw pillows to add some comfort but also some pops of color and texture against the smooth wood pew!
Rustic Reading Pew
Need some additional seating in your living room? Consider adding an antique church pew! Hanging a gallery wall over the church pew anchors it as part of the room, and a floor lamp offers great reading light. Layering on pillows and a throw helps make this a more comfortable seating option, plus it adds a pop of color to the space! And having a pouf as a footrest will help you really kick back and relax. When you’re not using the pouf as a footrest, just push it under the pew to save on floor space!
Not only does this give you extra seating day-to-day, but a pew can be great for additional seating in your living room when entertaining as well! Just make sure you add in a side table nearby for drinks!
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