ChurchPlaza Sanctuary Chair Construction & Specifications

The Frame is the Strength of the Design

Once you have the opportunity to try one of our ChurchPlaza chairs, you’ll know why these chairs are built to last. When you first sit down, you’ll immediately feel frames that were designed to support you forever. As you examine the construction of the frame and see the quality of the workmanship, you’ll understand why we extend a LIFETIME frame warranty.

Heavy Duty Steel

ChurchPlaza frames are designed to be trouble free and are produced to exacting standards. We start with QUALITY STEEL that is precision welded, heavy duty, 1 inch, and 5/8″ cross bracing.

TRUE Mandrel Tube Bending

The ChurchPlaza Standard is to build the strongest chairs possible! We use mandrel bending for the steel used in our chair frames. In that way, the excess material from the bend is channeled to the inside of the curve to provide a smooth, even, and strong bend. There is no crushing to compromise the integrity of the steel, thus insuring your church of a quality chair that will support you for a lifetime.

Quality in Design

Mandrel bending is only part of the story. The design of the frame is what is really noteworthy. We actually use multiple frame designs for ChurchPlaza Sanctuary Seating chairs (not like others who save money by using one frame design for all applications) with each designed for a specific application. All Sanctuary Seating frames have tubular cross bracing between the legs and not simply welded rods. This provides the ultimate support and strength and contributes to the design of the frame to exceed BIFMA standards.

Certified Safe Chair Components

ChurchPlaza is the first worship chair provider to laboratory certify all chair components safe and in compliance with applicable International, US , State and Industry standards for emissions from toxic cancer causing chemicals including formaldehyde and TDCPP. All wood foundations used are certified CARB 2 and compliant with US Standards for Composite Wood Products Act. All chair foam is free from formaldehyde and with non-detectable levels of TDCPP and compliant with California Proposition 65. Chair fabric has been laboratory certified in compliance with JIS112, European Oeko-Tex100 and American Restricted Substances List.


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Frame and Fabric Standards

ChurchPlaza chairs are built to exceed the rigorous standards set by the Business and Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA). Our fabrics are subject to the Wyzenbeek Abrasion Resistance test assuring the ability of the fabric to withstand years of use without showing signs of wear. You can feel confident that your chairs are going to continue to look good, even after rigorous use.

Frame Finish

Scratch Resistance is the benefit of our 5-Step Electrostatic painting process, know as “Powder Coating.” The paint used in ChurchPlaza chairs electronically bonds to the metal for a superior and durable finish. This is the same process used in automotive painting. It resists scratching, chipping and peeling so your chairs will retain their “like new” look over many years of use.

Foam Comfort: Two Are Better Than One

Our quality engineered dual layer foam construction has re- vitalized seating comfort and added to the life expectancy of our foam seats. The top layer of high density virgin polyurethane foam provides luxurious plush comfort. The base layer of durable foam provides durability and support, preventing bottoming out on the seat foundation. All the foam in ChurchPlaza seating is top quality, high density virgin foam and not recycled or re-manufactured foam. Comfort beyond expectation!

Better Built with 1/2” Industrial Grade Plywood and PolymerTough™ Foundations

Our chair’s quality foundations are a key to providing the ultimate in support and durability for the life of the chair. ChurchPlaza’s quality CARB 2 certified plywood is resistant to cracking and unwanted flexing found in less expensive particle board or manufactured plywood, known as Strandboard, OSB and Mult-ply™ Seats and backs are attached using Stafast™ T-Nuts (not wood screws or metal-to-plastic dashboard fasteners) to insure a positive secure anchor to the frame. Stafast™ T-Nuts provide positive steel-to-steel contact and prevent screws from working loose and falling out. With PolymerTough™ Technology Seating, the finest polymers are used with the very latest blow and injection molding and proven durable fastening technology to provide you with a truly trouble fee Sanctuary seat.

Lumbar Back Support System

The ChurchPlaza collection of sanctuary chairs are available in multiple back designs. Our Back Support Systems are designed to provide the optimum comfort for the upper back area, additional support for the lumbar area and superior support for the back. Lumbar support is standard on all ChurchPlaza sanctuary chairs; this is accomplished by inserting extra foam in the lumbar area. To enhance the comfort many churches are selecting the dual lumbar cut-away support option. The back is in two sections, the upper section has 11⁄2” of foam plus 3⁄4” of added foam in the lumbar area and the lower section of the back foam is cut away, providing extra gentle pressure in the lumbar area of the back while also giving additional seat room. Comfort without compromise.

Fabric Durability, Testing and Quality Control

ChurchPlaza sanctuary chairs are upholstered with only the highest grade commercial fabrics from quality mills. These mills have been selected to produce fabrics for the finest quality manufacturers of furniture and the automotive industry. Their quality control is the highest in the fabric industry. The fabric we recommend as our standard exceeds the standard surface abrasion test known as the Wyzenbeek test. Heavy duty is rated at 15,000 double rubs; our choices can exceed 150,000 double rubs. The Break Strength test (ASTM-D-1682) normal is 50 lbs. while our tests to 276 lbs. The tear resistance is almost 50 lbs., when the standard is 6 lbs. (ASTM-D-2262). All fabrics meet Cal 117 fire code. Our fabric will continue to keep its appearance for years to come. Expansion in the future with additional chairs will continue to match the original in color and good looks. Now standard with MoistureBarrier Fabric™ at no additional cost to protect your chairs and foam from spills and accidents.

5 Year Seams Warranty

Our Trustworthy Stackable Seating Warranty™ is the industry’s most comprehensive and includes:

  • Lifetime frame and glide guarantee
  • 25 year structural seat and back warranty
  • 25 year workmanship warranty
  • 10 year and 25 year foam warranty
  • 10 year fabric protection